06 July 2013

{Book Review} Truly, Madly, Deadly

By: Me My Shelf And I | 06 July 2013 at 12:04 AM | | | | | | |


Truly, Madly, Deadly
Author: Hannah Jayne
Pages: 272
Release Date: July 2nd 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Rating: 4.5 Birds

Sawyer Dodd has it all. She's a star track athlete, choir soloist, and A-student. And her boyfriend is the handsome all-star Kevin Anderson. But behind the medals, prom pictures, and perfect smiles, Sawyer finds herself trapped in a controlling, abusive relationship with Kevin. When he dies in a drunk-driving accident, Sawyer is secretly relieved. She's free. Until she opens her locker and finds a mysterious letter signed by "an admirer" and printed with two simple words: "You're welcome."


Truly, Madly, Deadly is a whirlwind mystery thriller. Like a combination of Nancy Drew and Criminal Minds, but for teens!

Hannah Jayne does a brilliant job of telling this creepy tale of murder, and lies. Leaving no one out of the suspect pool and keeping you guessing until the very end. As someone who often complains about books being predictable, I am very happy to report that Truly, Madly, Deadly is far from it!

Truly, Madly, Deadly may not have as many pages in it as your typical YA novel, coming in at 272, but every single page is utilized to it’s fullest extent. You won’t feel rushed, which I found a bit different for a book under 300 pages. Typically you will feel like you are rushing to the end or parts that could be more detailed are not. But, Author Hannah Jayne unrolls the mystery slowly, building until the very end.

I very much enjoyed the way Sawyer Dodd is written, even as the shining star student with the seemingly perfect life, it’s the things she hides that make her who she is. It keeps her from being obnoxious or overly entitled as many of the “popular and beautiful” people can be portrayed. Sawyer carries the secret of the abuse she suffered at the hand of her boyfriend buried deep, but you can see it hover near the surface, sometimes ready to spill over when she can’t figure out if she should be devastated he is gone, or relieved she is now safe.

This teeter totter of emotion get’s even crazier when we meet Cooper, the new boy. Ah, the new boy in school, you gotta love the plot twists that come along with them and we all need a little fictional boy eye candy in our stories!

If you like mystery/thrillers you are going to love this novel. A fantastic stand alone that I think everyone should read! I highly recommend it and can’t wait to read more by Hannah Jayne in the future.

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  1. This book sounds awesome and like a thriller that would probably like! Thanks!

  2. Awesome review. I have been reluctant with this book because of some so so reviews.Glad to see such a positive review!

  3. I love the title and cover but I'm reading so many mixed reviews. I do like that it's a stand alone.

  4. I was really looking forward to this creepy read, but now I don’t even want to because the only part I was excited about was the mystery surrounding the stalker and Sawyer’s relationship with her abusive boyfriend. I wanted to know the hows and whys of her situation but it looks like the author completely glossed over it. I don’t like that. It’s good that it was still enjoyable, but I’m not sure if I want to give it a try. Thanks for the review.

    Maycee Greene (Alaska Fishing Lodge)


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