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Keep Guessing: A Review of TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY by Hannah Jayne

Posted by on July 7, 2013
Truly, Madly, Deadly 
Hannah Jayne
272 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Release Date: July 2nd, 2013
Source: eARC from NetGalley

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.”

   With her mother living states away and her stepmother expecting a child, her classmates expecting her to spontaneously combust and her boyfriend dead, Sawyer Dodd is a trainwreck. But if she thought her problems were harsh before, she has no idea what’s in store for her next.

   The story opens with Sawyer attending Kevin’s funeral. In those very first pages, we learn that she’s both sad and glad he’s gone.

   Her problems have only just begun when she finds a mint green note in her locker with two words: “You’re Welcome”. And that’s when she knows that what Kevin did to her was not a secret only she knew. When her best friend is attacked at a party later on, things take a murderous turn.

   Hannah Jayne’s YA debut is utterly creepy – I read it at the dead of night, when everyone else was asleep. Bad idea. It wasn’t scary, but the fact that Sawyer was being followed and people around her were dying amplified the stakes. There were countless times when I thought the killer was Sawyer herself – the story had that psychological feel to it. Was it Sawyer? You’ll have to find out for yourself.

   I would have loved TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY I’m sure, if not for the pacing issues I encountered throughout many scenes. Some scenes were a little too fast, and Sawyer’s relationship with another character, while in no way a main plot, skyrocketed from nothing to everything – it seemed forced. But as a minor part of the story, it was easy to ignore and even bordered on sweet.

   In the end, I really enjoyed TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY. It was thrilling, pulse-pounding, and by the last page, satisfying. All in all though, this is one thriller mystery you need to read. Trust me.

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  1. I'm a bit disappointed that this story has a romantic relationship, especially one that isn't developed that well. But the psychological thriller aspect sounds too awesome to pass on!

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