A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder Season 1 Review – A satisfying and thrilling book-to-screen adaptation

Season 1



Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Rating – 4.5/5
Episode 2 -| Rating – 4.5/5
Episode 3 -| Rating – 5/5
Episode 4 -| Rating – 3/5
Episode 5 -| Rating – 5/5
Episode 6 -| Rating – 4.5/5


Novels turning into movies and TV Shows have become the new hit trend lately. Popular novel-to-screen adaptations have already caused many to try their hands at reading and the new BBC and Netflix original – A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder – looks like one of those shows. This is based on the hit YA murder mystery trilogy of the same name written by Holly Jackson. 

The show narrates the story of 17-year-old Pippa (Pip) Fitz-Amobi who tries to solve a closed case from 5 years ago. Pip tries to find the truth behind two deaths, that of Sal Singh and Andie Bell, a seemingly happy high school couple who were hiding a plethora of secrets in their wake. 

Pip takes the help of Ravi Singh, Sal’s younger brother, who helps her investigate the twisted lies hidden in the town of Little Kilton. Together, Pip and Ravi find the truth behind Andie’s disappearance as they try to exonerate Sal who was accused of  killing the girl he loves before dying by suicide. 

The show is a rather short six-episode adaptation of the whopping 49-chapter novel. Despite the number of episodes, the makers have done a great job sticking to the original story of the novel as much as they could. A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder does have a few changes to the source material but the heart of the story is still the same, which is reassuring to many who loved reading the novels. 

The characters are all played by young actors with only a few acting credits to their name. While this could have been a bad thing, the actors have done a great job with their respective characters. Emma Myers does an amazing job as Pippa while Zain Iqbal brings the much-needed ‘goofy’ to Ravi’s character. The banter between Ravi and Pip is to die for and there are moments of sexual tension that are palpable. 

While the show sticks to the original story in the novel, there are quite a few changes to it. We see that Pippa is not doing the heavy lifting in the story and she has a lot of help from others, especially Ravi. Pippa does not find the answers to all her questions by internet sleuthing and resorts to confronting the people of Little Kilton a lot more.

The exposition of the killer is drawn out in two episodes rather than in the season finale, which could have been the expected route. A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder could have done a lot better when it comes to the cinematography of the show too, but the dialogue is well done which is at least something. I wish the makers could acquire the rights to Taylor Swift’s ‘no body, no crime’ (feat. HAIM) because the song would fit perfectly with the aesthetic of the story. 

However, the music that has been used in the show is also great. The songs, ‘A New Error’ by Moderat, ‘You Should See Me in a Crown’ by Billie Eilish and ‘Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)’ by Irma Thomas were particularly enjoyable.

The show attempts to present the true essence of the novel to its full potential and succeeds to an extent. Those who have read and enjoyed the thrilling novel can call the BBC show an accurate and thrilling adaptation that is hopefully renewed for another season in the months to come.

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  • Verdict - 9/10

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