Friday, 14 June 2013

ARC Review: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Truly, Madly, DeadlyTruly, Madly, Deadly

Author: Hannah Jayne
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 272
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Puchase: Amazon
Release Date: 1st July 2013

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

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."

Reviews: 4 out 5 Stars

How great is that synopsis! I have wanted to read Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne since I first heard about it, it was a creepy, intense book that kept me riveted (and a little freaked) throughout wanting to unravel the mystery surrounding the main character Sawyer Dodd.

Sawyer has recently lost her boyfriend Kevin Anderson in a car accident, everyone is sensitive about her loss not knowing the physical abuse she endured whilst in the relationship; when a note appears in her locker with the accident newspaper clipping which only read ‘You’re welcome’, alarm bells ring out. 

Sawyer was a smart, likeable heroine, she didn’t sit back and just let things go, admittedly she was a bit hesitant about who to confide in but at least she took her concerns to the authorities and didn’t just sit on it all. She was also a loyal friend and her actions towards her family, love interest, crush and strange occurrences were all believable.

The murder, mystery plot had me guessing from the very beginning who was behind unusual events surrounding Sawyer – it had the creep factor and I had a few suspects pinned down but I was very wrong.

We get a small amount of romance in the book which I would have liked to have seen further developed; the love interest was sweet but Sawyer was wary of everyone around her. It definitely wasn’t at the forefront of the story.

I enjoyed Hannah Jayne’s writing and the tension she captured through the actions and dialogue of the characters. It was a gripping read I found entertaining and enjoyable.

Overall, I was engrossed in Truly, Madly, Deadly; there is a sinister vibe that gives you the chills and an ending I didn’t see coming! I will definitely read more books by Hannah Jayne.

Thank-you to Sourcebooks for the opportunity to read and review Truly, Madly, Deadly.

About the author: Hannah is the author of the UNDERWORLD DETECTION AGENCY CHRONICLES from Kensington books and the upcoming young adult thrillers TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY and SEE JANE RUN available from Sourcebooks, Inc. When she's not battling the demons of the Underworld or tackling a murderer at Hawthorne High, Jayne kicks her feet up in her San Francisco bay area home and attempts to share couch space with two enormous cats.

Now that you're here, kick up your feet and stay awhile.


  1. I love the cover of this book and it sure does seem quite creepy. This is one book that I'm definitely going to buy. I love reading murder mysteries and love it even more when I wrongly guess who the culprit is! It's always exciting to put together the clues to figure out who the guilty party is.
    Fabulous review, Sharon! I'm excited! :)

    1. Thanks Nick, I enjoyed this one and the biggest thrill was finding out the culprit after being oblivious throughout the whole book, it's nice to get that shock.

  2. This sounds awesome, I like the cover too. I love that the mystery kept you guessing, this is the type of read that I love!!!

    1. I enjoy a good murder mystery and this one kept me guessing which I loved, I think you'd enjoy this one Kimba :)

  3. Oh gosh!
    How come I haven't heard about this book before?! I'm so glad I read your review, it sounds like something right up my alley and I am adding this to my TBR asap! :) It really sounds pretty intense, and I love me a well written mystery every now and then :) Great review, sweetie!
    Evie @Bookish

    1. Thanks Evie, I was intense but it wasn't OTT thank goodness. I think you'd like this one :)

  4. Oh man, I turned this one down just cause I had SO many books to read and I'm now I'm regretting it. I'm DYING to know what IS going on! I need to know! I wonder if its still on netgalley, I may have to check...

    1. It was different to other YAs I have read recently which I really appreciated, I hope you get a chance to read this Candace; the overall story was really enjoyable :)

  5. NICE, I love a mystery when you just can't figure it out. That's pretty awesome. And you liked the writing, so that's another plus. I'm psyched for this one!

    1. It was nice unravelling it all Molli! and I really enjoyed the style of writing :)

  6. great review! however it seems there are a bit of spoilers on what happens during the book (like who dies and the strange occurrences). I read this last week and had my doubts on who the killer was (turned out I was right but man I was second guessing myself the whole time!) this book was SO CREEPY and SO GOOD! I liked that there wasn't much romance because realistically I don't think any one of us would have the time or mentality to dive into a romance when someone is basically out to get the people around me and myself.

    awesome review!
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

    1. Thanks Juhina :) this was really creepy! Oops - I didn't even notice the spoilers! edited, thanks for that! x


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