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Holly Jackson

Holly Jackson’s first novel, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, has become the UK’s bestselling YA and children’s debut of 2019. It is a New York Times bestseller, has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book of the Year, longlisted for the Branford Boase, and was a Waterstones Paperback of the Year. It was an Observer Book of the Year and WH Smith Thumping Good Read. It was published in the UK and in the US and has been translated in many other languages around the world. The sequel, Good Girl, Bad Blood will be released in 2020.

A debut YA crime thriller as addictive as Serial as compelling as Riverdale and as page-turning as One of Us Is Lying

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.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the crime, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth . . . ?

Holly Jackson was born in 1992. She grew up in Buckinghamshire and started writing stories from a young age, completing her first attempt at a novel aged fifteen. She graduated from the University of Nottingham with a 1st class degree and a master’s in English, focusing on literary linguistics and creative writing. She lives in London and her hobbies include binge-playing video games and pointing out grammatical errors in street signs.

Books in order of publication:

A Good Girls Guide to Murder (2019)

Good Girl, Bad Blood (2020)

In praise of Holly Jackson:

'A taut, compulsively readable, elegantly plotted thriller' Guardian

'There is a lot to really enjoy in this story and there is great energy to the writing, as well as some fine characterization.' Peter James, award-winning and no.1 bestselling crime thriller author of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series

‘A twisty, compelling UK debut’ The Bookseller

‘Jackson’s debut is well-executed and surprises readers with a connective web of interesting characters and motives’ Kirkus

‘Dark, dangerous and intricately plotted – my heart literally pounded. I haven’t been this addicted to anything since Serial. Holly Jackson is the next big thing, I promise. (Laura Steven, author of The Exact Opposite of Okay)

'A fiendishly-plotted mystery that kept me guessing until the very end.'- Laura Purcell, bestselling author of The Silent Companions

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