Aug 4, 2013
Title: Truly Madly Deadly
Author: Hannah Jayne
Publication Date: July 2013
Overall: 4 out 5 stars
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:
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 was intense! I hardly know where to start of this review, because so much happened. There was suspense, danger, and deadly attraction; this book made me sit up and take note of every tiny detail.
I thought Sawyer was an incredibly strong girl, she had been through her parents’ divorce and her abusive boyfriend, yet somehow she still persevered. The whole time I was reading this story it was creeping me out right along with Sawyer. I liked that Sawyer tried to take care of things on her own, even though a part of me was yelling “TELL SOMEONE, YOU FOOL!”
I also really enjoyed the other little things that ended up in this story, like Maggie’s cruelty and her father’s lack of attention. That really bothered me throughout Truly Madly Deadly, I felt like the only person who tried to care about Sawyer was her stepmother, and I can understand why Sawyer had her issues with Tara.
I did think it was a little unbelievable that Sawyer would start falling for someone else so soon after Kevin’s death. However, it did seem that Sawyer was kind of over Kevin when she ended it. I just wish the hint of romance would’ve either been bigger or nonexistent because it felt forced with the way it was done.
I really liked the way the author set the tone at the beginning of the book and had it carry through until the end. There was so many great descriptions that just added to the feeling of terror and helplessness. The empty subdivision was a great one, plus all the grey, stormy, and rainy scenes. I think it was a great time of year to set the book, especially because it made it seem so gloomy and depressing.
There were a couple of scenes that referenced scenes that came later, so that’s one thing I would probably recommend to edit. I would also recommend some tightening up of the scenes; at times it felt like there was too much dialogue or description. I wouldn’t recommend taking any scenes out, because I feel like they’re all vital to the story, but editing and shortening some of them may help.
I would give this book 4 out 5 moons, because there was some editing that could be done to improve certain aspects of Truly Madly Deadly. One thing I did love was that I didn’t guess who the stalker was. I ended up being totally shocked, and that’s a HUGE deal, because normally I can guess it within the first few chapters. Kudos to the author for writing a great thriller and suspense novel. I look forward to more from Hannah Jayne!
**Please Note: This book was given to me in exchange for review. This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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