Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne | Review

Truly Madly Deadly by Hannah JayneTruly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Sourcebooks Fire

July 2, 2013

Series: Standalone

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.

rating system 3 out of 5

Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with a copy to review!


5 thoughts on “Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne | Review”

  1. I felt the same way Jen! I definitely flew right through this book, but none of the characters stood out for me, and the aspects I found most interested stayed tucked neatly in the background and were never explored as thoroughly as I would have liked. Like you, I was surprised by the murderer's identity, but I had just hoped for more with this one!


  2. I've seen similar feelings for this book which is a disappointment because the premise sounds exactly like something I'd enjoy! Suspense, romance and mystery are always wins for me if done right. Great review, Jen. 🙂


  3. Hm, it sounds as though this novel suffers from an unfortunate lack of focus. I do enjoy murder mysteries and thrillers, but I believe I'll hold off on this one until I see a couple more reviews about it. Many bloggers have echoed the sentiments you expressed here, and sadly Truly, Madly, Deadly is sounding more and more like Unremarkable, Flat, Forgettable.

    This was a great review, as always, Jen! 🙂


  4. I read a book similar to this yesterday in terms of it being a quick read with characters easily forgettable. It's good that the author managed to engage your interest with the mystery aspect and that the identity of the killer wasn't predictable, but I'd need a convincing reason as well, and characters I could relate to. Sorry this was a bit disappointing in the end, but thanks for the honest, wonderful review, Jen! 🙂


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