The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. Almost everyone.
Having grown up in the small town that was consumed by the crime, Pippa Fitz-Amobi chooses the case as the topic for her final project. But when Pip starts uncovering secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden, what starts out as a project begins to become Pip’s dangerous reality…
This book is bloody genius. One of the best written mysteries I’ve ever read. Pippa is a great lead and the mystery of Andie is fantastically done – all the little reveals and the way Holly Jackson uses the narrative to comment on the media and their depiction of the murder of a pretty white girl allegedly by an Indian boy. It’s brilliant.
The marketing from YALC was excellent too – they ripped out the ending! I know some people had a long wait, but I read it right before they released the ending so was lucky. I still think it’s a brilliant move to keep people talking about it.
Pippa as a main character really spoke to me – her nerdiness and determination, her love for her family and friends, her dedication to studying (lol)! And I like that she sticks up for what she believes in.
And I while I am ABSOLUTELY not going to spoil this because it’s too good to, I have to mention the mystery and how it played out. Every time I thought “oh this is about so and so”, or “they’re definitely involved” or even “Andie’s definitely still alive / super dead” (and I thought both, like Pippa!) Pippa was right there with me. She isn’t one of those book investigators that stumbles across things, and never figures anything out, she looks at the clues presented and then challenges each assumption as she goes. The mystery is so well done the list of who I thought definitely did it changed regularly. And while I won’t say what my suspicions were throughout (largely because there were so many!!) I will say that I wasn’t 100% wrong or right about any – I figured out bits but nearly always they weren’t quite what I thought. And one of the things I thought early on was in that category, it was both super satisfying and really annoying to be so close but not actually right! Incredibly well thought out and amazingly written.
I will definitely be buying a final copy of this when it comes out and highly recommend you do too.
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