by Hannah Jayne
Published by Sourcebooks Fire Release date : July 2 2013
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Young Adult
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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:
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Since my love for this genre has been taken to new heights, I would like to consider myself pretty good at figuring things out early on. Picking up on clues, seeing the underlining meaning of things. Sadly, Truly Madly Deadly has popped that proverbial bubble. I was blow away by this book! This surpassed my expectations and is defiantly on my favorites list.
Shortly after the death of her not so charming boyfriend, Kevin, Sawyer receives a newspaper clipping of his accident, along with a note containing two words; “You’re Welcome”. Things start to spiral out of control from there and Sawyer soon discovers that her “Admirer” will stop at nothing to “protect” her.
This book was creepy, intense and had me constantly guessing. With an array of suspects, Hannah Jayne does an amazing job at creating suspicious behavior for each one. There are the obvious suspects and some not so obvious. I pointed fingers at pretty much everyone. This book gives you no time to breathe. From one chilling “encounter” to the next, back to back incidents, notes and deaths. As if her stalker isn’t enough to deal with, Sawyer is also dealing with bullying, a new “family” and house. This poor girl couldn’t catch a break.
I’ve mentioned before that I love my main characters for this genre to be brave, bold and paranoid. Sawyer is neither brave nor bold but she is quite paranoid. In this case though, you can’t help to excuse her behavior. She feels guilt, terror, isolated. She is pretty weak. From what we gather, her relationship with Kevin was a disturbing, abusive relationship. So, while she is sad and broken-hearted he’s gone, she also feels relieved.
There was one “thing” in particular what really irritated me. Her parents. Or Dad, rather. Talk about non supportive. It BUGS me that parents are so wishy-washy nowadays. I would also like to mention that I wasn’t completely satisfied with the ending.
Seeing that there is a sequel, it makes sense. At the time of finishing this, I was under the impression it was a standalone.
Overall- Creepy and intense, Truly Madly Deadly will have your heart pounding and questioning everything. And everyone.
*UPDATE 7/19- I was under the impression that an upcoming book was the sequel to this. BUT I think I am wrong! 😕 whoops
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