Review: Truly, Madly, Deadly

August 26, 2013 book review 7

Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Release Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 262

They Said It Was An Accident…

Sawyer Dodd is a star athlete, a straight-A student, and the envy of every other girl who wants to date Kevin Anderson. When Kevin dies in a tragic car crash, Sawyer is stunned. Then she opens her locker to find a note:

You’re welcome.

Someone saw what he did to her. Someone knows that Sawyer and Kevin weren’t the perfect couple they seemed to be. And that someone—a killer—is now shadowing Sawyer’s every move…

TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY is about a teenage girl who not only has lost her boyfriend, whom she thought loved her with everything she had, but is slowly getting involved with multiple other murders that are shaking her town. While she knows she didn’t kill anybody, she can’t help but feel as if she did have a part in it, somehow. It’s up to her to catch her stalker and the killer of these innocent people, but will the police, or anybody else for that matter, believe her?

I love murder mystery/thrillers. LOVE them. They are honestly becoming one of my favorite types of books in YA. This summary had me hooked from the first sentence. A car accident should be that, an accident. The fact that now it may not be? Give me the details! I wanted to know more. I wanted to feel the hair on the back of my neck stand with each passing moment. I wanted to silently freak out every time Sawyer got a note from her “admirer.” And for the most part, I did. I thought the murders were creepy and it was sort of terrifying how they all happened right after an encounter with Sawyer. Gah, the stalker/admirer person was awful. I cringed every time Sawyer got a green note. Seriously, this person was the epitome of a stalker. Things got worse and worse and yet, I loved this part.  I was so curious to see what they were going to do next. I wanted to know how far they would go. And trust me, it gets worse.

Unfortunately, it was a bit predictable and moved slowly at times. I guessed who the stalker/killer was pretty quickly. I never knew for certain, going back and forth between a couple of people, but in the back of my mind I always figured it was them. The cast of secondary characters were all interesting but the development of them wasn’t quite there to truly convince me that they could be the person doing everything. I think that’s probably why I was able to guess who it was. They stood out. However, I really was on the edge of my seat for the majority of the book, especially near the end. It’s amazing how far someone is willing to go to get what they want.

Despite some of the minor flaws, I did read this book in one day. I read it every chance I got that day. I wanted to know if I was right, I wanted to know what would happen next, I wanted to make sure some of the characters I came to really like didn’t die next. Sawyer had already lost a lot, she didn’t need to lose anyone else. Not to mention the fact that she lived in the middle of nowhere–with no street lights, I might add!–and that itself would freak me out. I would probably never stay home alone! For a first book in the YA genre, I think Hannah Jayne did a very nice job. If you love murder mysteries, you should give this one a shot!

3.5 Thought Clouds
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I received an ebook copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Christine

7 Responses to “Review: Truly, Madly, Deadly”

  1. Cait

    Eep. Sounds pretty awesome. I’ve had my eye on this one. (Great review, by the way.) Bit worried predictability though. :/ Ah, sigh, I guess we can’t have everything, right? It’s fun to guess plots and be right, but it’s also (more) fun to be gobsmacked with a “Woah, did NOT see that coming” moment. I love those.

    • Christine P

      Yeah, I was sort of really disappointed at how quickly I was able to figure it out. But I did like that I doubted my instinct though, kept me on my toes! When it was finally revealed, I did go “Aha! I was right!” 🙂

  2. Natalie Natflixandbooks

    I absolutely love YA mysteries, too. As we discussed earlier, I was a bit disappointed in this one. My biggest complaints were how predictable it was and the complete lack of common sense when it came to involving the police and/or her parents.

    I did think that the location of her house was perfect for setting up scary scenes and loved how quickly the book read. It was very fast-paced and I finished it easily during a pretty major book slump.

    Have you read Deadly Cool? (There are two books in that series so far…I believe that was the first one.) It is a fun mystery.

    Great review!

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