July 2, 2013
Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne was an odd novel for me. Sawyer Dodd’s boyfriend recently died in a drunk driving accident and a few days later, she receives a creepy note. As the story progresses, she receives more cryptic notes and more people from her school are found dead. As Sawyer tries to figure out the murder while balancing family and school problems, a romance sneaks in as well.
I have very mixed feelings about this book. For one, this book is short and quick– in page numbers and pacing. I was quite glued to the pages the entire time; in other words, Hannah Jayne does a fabulous job with the murder mystery and pacing. To be honest, I couldn’t guess who the killer was. I was quite surprised at the end.
But that’s about as far as the positive goes in the story. The main character Sawyer isn’t a memorable character, as are any of the characters in this book. They are simply there as people. I don’t have any certain connection with any of them. Plain and simple. Forgive me for my succinct description of my feelings for the characters, but there’s more. The ending? I give a thumbs down for that. Sure, the killer was a surprise for me, but the reason behind it all? I’m not fully convinced that that’s a good reason to kill people. The ending was too quick for my taste.
In conclusion, while Truly, Madly, Deadly has a fantastic mystery that is thrilling and addicting to read through, not much else stands out. The characters are simply there as placeholders it seems, and the ending is not satisfying whatsoever. If you like quick, blood-tingling reads (that make you not want to read it at night), I recommend picking this one up if you aren’t looking for in-depth characters or the best conclusion for the story.
Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with a copy to review!