Review: Truly, Madly, Deadly-Hannah Jayne

3.5/5 Stars

Truly, Madly, Deadly-Hannah Jayne

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She tore the envelope open and pulled out a matching mint green folded card, a tiny plain oak leaf embossed on the bottom. When she opened it, a clipped newspaper article slipped out. Sawyer didn’t have to read the headline to know what it said: “Local High School Student Killed In Car Wreck.” She swallowed down a cry and read the note on the card.

It said simply,

You’re welcome. 

Plot: Sawyer seemed to have everything going for her. She was the of the track team, a great student, and was the envy of most of the girls at her high school because she was dating Kevin Anderson, the most popular guy in school. But behind every outwardly glowing relationship are secrets that the public are not privy to, whether they’re good or bad is of little importance. Sawyer and Kevin’s relationship was not all smiles, roses, and happiness, it was dark, dangerous, and filled with angry insecurities. Sawyer’s real relationship with Kevin was a well-kept secret that not even her best friend knew about. When Kevin gets into a drunken card accident and dies, Sawyer is torn between feeling relieved and mourning her first love. School is full of memories, of constant reminders of Kevin’s death that rattle her to her core, but nothing could prepare her for the sinister surprise waiting in her locker one typical school day (see above quote). Sawyer is twisted into a paranoid, skittish mess constantly looking over her shoulder and full of heartbreaking doubt. When the police come to question her about a mysterious shoe found at Kevin’s accident that just happens to be Sawyer’s size, she starts to question her memories of the night of Kevin’s accident. Sawyer starts to receive several little presents all with cryptic notes geared to drive her insane. When people connected to her start dying, Sawyer feels her life start to spiral out of control. Someone is trying to frame her but with her life on the line, she doesn’t know who to trust or how to save herself from becoming a prime suspect.

PROS:

  • There is a creepy, stalker-like vibe throughout the book with so much mystery and doubt that you will begin to question whether or not Sawyer actually is crazy and is blocking out the horrible murders. The fact that she’s on sleep meds doesn’t help.
  • The messages on the cards, the brutal pranks, and savage murders with very incriminating evidence will give you chills. The evil is overwhelmingly powerful.
  • Chloe is odd but so funny,she’s sarcastic and has very original lines.
  • The story is fast-paced, nail-bitingly suspenseful, and full of bad intentions.

CONS:

  • There are several clues that act as foreshadowing. This is a little too obvious.
  • Sawyer is sometimes ridiculously stupid. She withholds information from the police that only makes her look more guilty, what she does tell them is half-truths and minor details, and it’s always just a bit too late. She’s occasionally flighty and her emotions, specifically her attraction or infatuation to guys is hot and cold in the most obnoxious of ways. Plus this makes her seem like a tease. Though Sawyer is determined, she is weak in several areas, dealing with conflict, coping with loss, and standing up to abuse both physical and verbal, she tends to shy away from and is far too accepting of her circumstances.
  • Sexual harassment is dealt with just like physical abuse in this book, as something that happens but is kept on the down low, something to be insecure and unsure of, and not to report. This is infuriating.

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Happy reading,

-BB