Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne. Truly, Madly, Deadly will be released on July 2, 2013 from Sourcebooks Fire.
Sawyer Dodd has it all. She's a star track athlete, choir soloist, and A-student. And her boyfriend is the handsome all-star Kevin Anderson. But behind the medals, prom pictures, and perfect smiles, Sawyer finds herself trapped in a controlling, abusive relationship with Kevin. When he dies in a drunk-driving accident, Sawyer is secretly relieved. She's free. Until she opens her locker and finds a mysterious letter signed by "an admirer" and printed with two simple words: "You're welcome."
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My Thoughts: The book begins with Kevin Anderson's memorial service. Kevin was Sawyer Dodd's boyfriend. Everyone, well almost everyone, thought they had the perfect relationship. His family, friends, and loved ones were all in shock when he was killed in a drunk driving accident, and assumed Sawyer was to. What they are unaware of is the cycle of abuse that Sawyer has lived in. Yes, Kevin physically abused Sawyer, to the point where his anticipated reaction to things controlled her every action. Finally, she has got the courage to break up with him, only to find out the next morning that he is dead. While sad that he is dead, she can't help but feel a little relieved.....that is until she gets a note in her locker containing a clipping from the newspaper about Kevin's death with and two simple words, "your welcome." Gripped with fear, she realizes, someone knows. Someone knows about their relationship and the abuse, but who? When the police question her about Kevin's death, investigating what they believe may not have been an accident at all, Sawyer isn't sure what to do or who to trust, even the police, and this is only the beginning of a series of events that will leaves Sawyer, her family, friends, and the town devastated.
Though Kevin Anderson is dead when the story begins, there are scenes where Sawyer remembers or has flashbacks throughout the book regarding things that have happened in the past, so you get a feel of what Kevin was like, the things that happened, and what she went through. What begins with a note that says "your welcome" crescendos into a series of events that are both chilling and thrilling, as you journey along with Sawyer while she tries to find out who she can trust and who is the actual killer committing all these heinous crimes, who also claims to be her secret admirer. Everyone seems to be a suspect. Truly, Madly, Deadly kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end as I tried to figure out "who done it," right along with Sawyer, as she sorted through who the possible suspects could be and their motive, all the while not knowing who she could and could not trust. Truly, Madly, Deadly is filled with suspense, mystery, drama, is psychologically thrilling, and is even coupled with a little romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Truly, Madly, Deadly is highly captivating and entertaining and I most definitely would recommend it.
Hannah is the author of the UNDERWORLD DETECTION AGENCY CHRONICLES from Kensington books and the upcoming young adult thrillers TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY and SEE JANE RUN available from Sourcebooks, Inc. When she's not battling the demons of the Underworld or tackling a murderer at Hawthorne High, Jayne kicks her feet up in her San Francisco bay area home and attempts to share couch space with two enormous cats.