[ARC Review] Truly, Madly, Deadly

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Title: Truly, Madly, Deadly
Author: Hannah Jayne
Genre: YA, Mystery, Contemporary
Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: ARC provided by publisher for honest review

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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: "You're welcome."

I really did not know what to expect when I opened Truly, Madly, and Deadly because I have read many "whodunnit" books in the past and I honestly will say that this one blew all other out of the water. I was so surprised at how quickly I fell in love with Sawyer and her crazy life.

Sawyers character is a complicated one, not only because of her past but also because of what has happened to her in the past few months. Sawyer was in a rocky relationship with her boyfriend Kevin, yet there was a side to Kevin that no one but her saw, until one night his car crashed and he dies. Sawyer is devastated, but everything changes when she opens her locker and sees an article from the crash with the words "You're Welcome" written on it. Someone knew. And now people are mysteriously dying all around her and she has to find out who.

What I loved most was the reality of the narrative. The characters felt real, and their reactions to certain situations was spot on, especially Sawyers relationship with her stepmother. I thought that was one of the best versions of that kind of relationship I have read in a while because it was strained to say the least but you knew Sawyer wanted to have some kind of relationship with her.

The END! now as I have said before I have a talent for figuring out who the bad guy is but, to be honest I had it all wrong when the reveal happened. I was suspecting someone completely different and I was shocked when we actually found out who it was. I loved that I was surprised. This book took me completely by surprise and has quickly become one of my favorite books of 2013. It is a must read for mystery fans!

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  1. Great review :) I am pretty intrigued by this book yet couldn't find it in the lazy me to read it :c

  2. I just read Ten by Gretchen McNeil and I thought I had the killer all figured out then BOOM, I was wrong. SO after reading this review, I am definitely intrigued :)

    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert