Review | Kill Joy (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #0.5) by Holly Jackson

“And then her heart dropped, soured in her gut, and all she could see was the blood.” 5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: creative invitations, Domino’s pizza, clues, dad puns, checkbooks, casinos, evidence, costumes, secrets, phone calls and an entertained group of friends.

Pippa Fitz-Amobi is not in the mood for her friend’s murder mystery party. Especially one that involves 1920’s fancy dress and pretending that their town, Little Kilton, is an island called Joy. But when the game begins, Pip finds herself drawn into the make-believe world of intrigue, deception and murder.

But as Pip plays detective, teasing out the identity of the killer clue-by-clue, the murder of the fictional Reginald Remy isn’t the only case on her mind …

Find out where it all began for Pip in this prequel to the best-selling A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and Good Girl, Bad Blood.

Can this series get any better? 

The concept was so creative! It is such a clever way of creating an entire new story while maintaining the same set of characters from the first book. The characters are the friend group of Pippa Fitz-Amobi, the main character of the series. The concept of a group of friends role playing characters in a murder mystery during the 1920’s was really cool and I liked that they used the rooms in the house for the game. It was really interactive and it made it even more fun to read. I wish I played games like this when I was younger, how cool would it be to play a murder mystery this way?

Another thing I really liked was the small moments of tension outside of the game they were playing. Not only the game is full of mystery and secrets, but there are also creepy moments that will make you think if something else is going to happen.

There was only one moment I thought I wouldn’t give this book five stars, but I quickly changed my mind a few paragraphs later. This was the part when Pippa made her final explanation to the group – I won’t say any more, just that I was very satisfied with the way the book ended!

If you haven’t read The Good Girl’s Guide to Murder or the second book, Good Girl, Bad Blood, have no fear! This story is isolated and it doesn’t spoil anything from the other books, so you can even read this a standalone.

I’m in love with this series, it’s insanely good. The only problem with this book is that it was too short, because I was having so much fun reading it! I might even consider this the best novella I have ever read. Absolutely loved it and I highly recommend it!


3 thoughts on “Review | Kill Joy (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #0.5) by Holly Jackson

  1. 🤩 I love that “attention this book contains” part!!! I am not a huge fan of thrillers and mystery stuff but I have been seeing this book around soo much, I feel like I should get to it? Also, I just found your blog!!! And it’s soo amazing! I love it! 🥰

    Also, since it’s 0.5, which book should I read first?

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    1. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it! 🥰
      You’re going to love it, this series is really worth it! The stories are independent, but I personally think it’s better to read the first book first and then this novella. Just because you get a better feeling of Pipp’s personality and you’ll understand a bit better the prequel (0.5#)!
      I hope you enjoy it, can’t wait to see your reviews on the books! 😀

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