Author: Hannah Jayne
Number of pages: 272
Genre: Suspense / mystery
Is it part of a series? No
Reading level: Grades 8 and up
Patrick Castro, 10th grade
Sawyer Dodd is what everyone would see as the perfect girl with the perfect boyfriend, Kevin Anderson. She is realistically written, and I think she was really relateable--I could feel the things she experienced as I read. But after her boyfriend's fatal death, a note is left for Sawyer. As the clues slowly start to make sense, Sawyer notices that the killer is right under her nose.
I love the simple and clean plot that kept me captivated by Sawyer's story. The one thing everyone looks forward to in a suspenseful mystery novel is pacing. I think Truly, Madly, Deadly captured this perfectly! And the book had a lot of those, "Yes! I knew it! but then...NO!" moments, which I thought was great. I really felt myself in Sawyer's shoes. She goes through a lot, and the reader truly connects with her.
The faces I made as I read the book
In YA fiction, there are a lot of great psychological thrillers and suspense novels, and I think Truly, Madly, Deadly deserves to be on that list! Reaching the end, as I pieced together the clues, it got creepy! REALLY CREEPY! But it was a wickedly smart ending. Hannah Jaye managed to make sense of all the little details Sawyer discovers and uses it to her advantage. It was a great ending and another aspect of this book that I liked a lot was that there wasn't a full-on romance!
The book was a mash-up of Criminal Minds and Revenge! Truly, Madly, Deadly was one of the best murder/YA suspense novels I read this year, and I cannot wait to see what else Hannah Jayne has in store! Pick this one up soon!
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