Book Review: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Posted June 17, 2013 by Kara in book review, Kara / 18 Comments

Book Review: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah JayneTruly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on July 2nd, 2013
Genres: mystery-thriller, young adult
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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:

You're welcome.

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...

I don’t know about you, but when I solve the plot of a whodunit at approximately fifty percent in, I get up and dance and toast my brilliance. It doesn’t happen often, but it IS happening more frequently which means I am starting to figure this shit out. And that doesn’t mean that the book let me down, by the way. On the contrary, I was paying attention all the way through to see if I was right and there were a few times where I was like, “Huh, maybe I’m wrong.” But no. I was right and when I got to the end and saw how it all went down, I was like over the moon. So y’all will have to tell me if you figured it out too and if it was that easy and I am really dumb, okay? Haha!

But, that just goes to show you how much I loved this book. I was riveted to the pages. And no, technically it is not perfect. The writing is a little uneven, especially at the beginning. The dialogue is a little wonky and a bit ridiculous and there is a bit of skipping that made me roll my eyes. Characters do not skip or bound down the hallway without me snort-laughing. The rest of it is tightly plotted though and I was really into this reading experience. 

In some ways this is a typical thriller with a protagonist, a crime, and a cast of probable suspects, but it’s a bit more than that. It’s a little more sophisticated even though it does have a linear story arc. There is more imagery, more character development (though I would have liked more from Chloe’s character). If you are a fan of the Christopher Pike and Lois Lowry books of the 90s, if you remember those reading days as fond ones, reading Fear Street novels and Richie Tankersley Cusick, then you will most likely enjoy this. I like figuring things out, and I had a hell of a time with this book.

Maybe I am giving it an extra star for making me feel like a smarty pants, but I did like the protagonist, and there is something to be said for a reading experience that gives you a lot of fun. That’s what reading should be, and there were times during this book when I threw my technical judgments aside and just enjoyed the love of reading, which is really hard for me to do these days since I started editing. And for an author to make me do that? I have to reward them for making me lose my reading ADD as well.

Definitely recommend this one to readers who like books like this. And readers looking for a little bit of nostalgia, because I think you will find it here. 

18 responses to “Book Review: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

  1. Yes, so happy to see that you enjoyed this one so much. I have it coming up for review soon. I find the same thing with whodunnit stories, even if you have figured out the outcome, the ride to finding out if you are right is always so much fun! Great review doll!

  2. Lol! Whether I’m happy or annoyed at solving the mystery depends on whether I think I SHOULD have figured it out. If I notice a subtle clue, I feel like a genius and have happy thoughts for the book, because I do think you should be able to figure it out, but it shouldn’t be obvious, you know? If the reader couldn’t ever possibly know, the author’s cheating. This doesn’t really interest me, but I’m glad it turned out to be awesome and that you’re a better sleuth than you once were!

  3. Amy

    I have been wanting to read this one! It sounds really great. I tend to figure mysteries out early, but as long as the way it all unravels is still interesting I don’t mind so much. Fab review hon!

  4. I’m dying for this one, it sounds so good and I’m glad that even though you figured it out halfway through you were still compelled to keep reading. That’s a good sign!

  5. I am the worst at figuring out plot twists and narrowing down suspects in thrillers/mysteries/etc. The worst. So I’ll be curious to see if I do manage to figure this out. Seriously, the main book I read recently where I figured a twist out ahead of time was Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, and, as apparently everyone figured out that twist ahead of time, it’s not much of an accomplishment. It still is pretty cool as a reader, however, to figure something out before the characters. So I do get you. And I think sometimes it can be hard to just read something and get swept away in enjoyment, not making as many judgements and all. So that’s great that happened to you with this book!

  6. Skipping! Haha. It would be hard to imagine that without me chuckling. I love whodunit stories, though! Got it from my days of readin Detective Conan (which hasn’t ended yet… sigh) so I’ll definitely be checking out this one! And you mentioned Lois Lowry!! I love Lois Lowry 🙂 That bit alone has sold me!

    Faye @ The Social Potato Reviews

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