Truly, Madly, Deadly

Truly, Madly, Deadly

by Hannah Jayne
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Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

"What a ride! Full of twists and turns—including an ending you won't see coming!"—April Henry, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

They Said It Was An Accident...

Sawyer Dodd is a star athlete, a straight-A student, and the envy of every other girl who wants to date Kevin Anderson. When Kevin dies in a tragic car crash, Sawyer is stunned. Then she opens her locker to find a note:

You're welcome.

Someone saw what he did to her. Someone knows that Sawyer and Kevin weren't the perfect couple they seemed to be. And that someone—a killer—is now shadowing Sawyer's every move...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402281211
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 07/02/2013
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 82,921
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Hannah Schwartz lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and writes cozy mysteries, young adult fiction, chick lit, and grocery lists that she never seems to remember to bring to the grocery store. Hannah shares a house with two neurotic, feet-attacking cats and has Kryptonite-like weakness for donuts. Visit

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Truly, Madly, Deadly 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I will tell you the truth now.  At first, when I started reading Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne, I was ready to write it off.  The main reason being just how annoyed I got with main character, Sawyer Dodd.  But then…the twist of all twists happens, and what I thought I knew about this story blew my mind and I ended up really enjoying the read in its entirety. After the death of her abusive boyfriend, Sawyer Dodd is slowly trying to get her life back on track.  Perhaps even date again.  But when a mysterious note appears in her locker, with a clipping of the article related to her boyfriend’s death, the words “You’re welcome” are enough of a hint that things are not always as they seem, and someone who thinks that they have done the biggest favor for Sawyer (by relieving her of an abusive relationship), ends up taking a somewhat fatal attraction to Sawyer. With different pieces of the puzzle slowing clicking together, Sawyer decides to take it upon herself to solve some of the mystery on her own.  But with someone obviously watching her every move, how will Sawyer know who to trust, and who to watch out for?  And at what cost? What I really enjoyed was how the identity of her stalker isn’t revealed until the very end.  And even when it is revealed, I honestly didn’t even consider this person as one of the suspects!  That, my friends, is how to write a great mystery/whodunit.  Leave the reader guessing until the very end, and then throw in the OMG factor.  And for that, I must say, “Well done, Ms. Jayne…well done…!” I also couldn’t help but get caught up in the fact that Sawyer was in an abusive relationship, unbeknownst to anyone else…except for her stalker, of course.  It was heart breaking to read as she relived the downfall of her relationship.  The beautiful, sweet beginnings right down to the destructive, ugly end where Sawyer finally takes a stand and says NO MORE. I really enjoyed that everyone in the book was a potential suspect.  I was left guessing and rethinking who the culprit was, only to be foiled!  What did annoy me was how Sawyer didn’t go directly to the authorities, or talk to anyone in general.  Instead, she kept it in, suspected everyone…and bad things continue to happen.  Even when she finally decides that the time has come to speak to someone about it, it was like pulling teeth having her decide whether to spill, or continue to harbor her secret. And with what happens in her home and the baby room?  Ummmm…why didn’t she say “No, it wasn’t me!”?  Why continue the farce of everything is hunky dory and yes, I’m probably a little angry and rebellious so I will pretend that I destroyed everything…  That definitely annoyed me. All in all, Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne, is definitely worth the read.  Especially for fans of suspense type reads with a Fatal Attraction type feel to it.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
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.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The idea was wonderful, and I really wanted to love this book. However, the execution left much to be desired. There were several plot holes and inconsistencies that left me cringeing. For example, when one character is found dead from an apparent suicide, police mention that the suicide note claimed the person was being bullied. A few scenes later, the person who found the body replies in the negative when asked if there was a note. I also wanted there to be more character development. The characters and their relationships to one another felt a little flat. More dimension would have added to the mystery and suspense. "Truly, Madly, Deadly" has a great framework, but it reads more like a rough draft than a finished novel. It needs a little more polishing, in my opinion.
andreea-deea More than 1 year ago
I really like this book.The action and the mystery on this story is perfect. I never read this kind of story, just see it on movies, on tv. I'm glad that someone thought to read some kind of story and have the opportunity to read it. I saw this book, i think, a year ago on some blog, and a was so fascinated about the description and the cover, that i knew i;m gonna read it in some point. I was a little scary, because i was the review here, on Goodreads and most of the people didn't like it so much. So i was afraid that i don`t like it too. My opinion is not to take much in account those review. Just read the description, because maybe you will love it. I'm honestly saying, that in some point, in the book, the action was kind of lame. Make me wanna live the book, and go to beat to sleep. But is just that part. Some chapters: one or two. That's all, and the book is back to that wonderful, mystery, action. And maybe you will hate the ending to, because after you were so deep in the story you want some closure. But it is not such a fine closure. I mean, not for me. Anyway, read the book, because, trust me, she deserve to give it a try. :)
Anonymous 3 months ago
What a great thriller. One of the best I've ever read. Lots of eerie things happening throughout the story and suspicion cast on almost every character. I highly recommend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has to be one of my favorites Mystery and love both mixed wonderfully together in this story. I highly recommend this book :)
Sophia0 More than 1 year ago
This book is just brilliant! Keeps you in suspense and gives you a twisted ending. I highly recommend this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book so much! One of the best books ive read and i hate reading but i couldnt stop reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So Far So Good C:
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
"You're welcome". Simple words of complaisant nature. But what if they were to be connected to a car accident that killed a student? Sawyer Dodd was the girlfriend of said student and she is the one who receives a note with exactly those words on it. That's what got me promptly hooked on the story of TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY. Seemingly friendly intentions and gestures lead to misjudgements and even murder. It's pretty creepy and instant-goosebumps inducing that the lines between right, wrong, imagination and reality can blur and be manipulated to such fatal extents. After the first, the killer keeps sending notes, and every time Sawyer found a new one chills ran down my spine. Some even made me laugh, they were just so plain impudent. TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY is set in a small town. Don't you think they are the best for a good killing spree to be set? Stories like Sawyer's always make me feel like space in town is narrowing down with every scary incident. Even Sawyer's own home doesn't feel safe anymore. It's the never-knowing, always wondering what or who's lurking in the shadows that drives up your adrenaline and demands a certain level of fright and alertness. Unlike other killers this one only means to be helpful and do good. The person is fixed on eliminating people who could mean harm to Sawyer. This killer scared me very much, because he's killing out of love which is one of the strongest pulls to commit a crime. He is obsessive and uncontrollable in his stalker behavior and it's no wonder that you suspect everyone who's seen around Sawyer at some point in the story. After Kevin's accident everyone expects Sawyer to mourn the death of her perfect relationship and her popular and caring boyfriend. She's doing her best to pretend, to look hurt on the outside. Secretly she's relieved she's found a way out of their relationship. What started as something innocent and good had long turned into something unhealthy for Sawyer who more often posed as Kevin's punching bag. Knowing that background info Sawyer's story certainly gains a new stage of graveness. But for my taste there wasn't enough emphasis on Kevin's abusive behavior and I would have wanted to know more about Sawyer's past. All the elements for a well-written thriller YA are there (and that's what mainly counts), it are just the sometimes missing depth of detail and lacking focus on romantic aspects that could have been improved. Even when I pick up a YA book knowing it's a thriller I can't resist to expect a great love story hidden between all the action, so I would have been perfectly content with a few more detailed scenes about Sawyer's new romance. 4/5 **** TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY - Admirer turned stalker turned killer. An intense and menacingly good YA thriller debut! When I saw TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY on Netgalley I somehow assumed it was Hannah Jayne's debut novel until I discovered that she had written another series which is urban fantasy. Her writing shows that she isn't new to the business. And even though I always preferred thrillers with mystery or fantastical elements strewn into the story, TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY is in no way inferior to them. There will be two more YA trhillers set in Sawyer's neighborhood and I'll make sure to put both on top of my wishlist.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars 'Truly, Madly, Deadly' is a taut young adult mystery/thriller that had me hooked from the first chapter. It follows main character Sawyer Dodd, whose boyfriend, Kevin, has just died in a tragic car accident. Or so she and everyone else thought. After Kevin's funeral, Sawyer gets a cryptic note in her locker that simply states "You're welcome" and it's signed from "an admirer." Things don't seem so cut and dry with Kevin's death anymore and Sawyer wonders if someone found out the truth about their relationship - and the fact that it had become abusive. Strange and deadly occurrences keep happening to those who upset or hurt Sawyer, always accompanied by a note from "an admirer." Who is this mysterious person so willing to kill for Sawyer's sake? And just what exactly do they want? This was a fantastic YA thriller that had me eagerly turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. The plot was very well done with a very quick pace and tons of twists and turns throughout the book that kept me guessing until the very end. I love reading thrillers - I always try to figure out the killer before the characters do - but this one really had me stumped through the majority of the book. I really loved all the red herrings the author threw in the mix to keep things up in the air and the ending was completely unexpected - I was seriously caught off guard! The characters are really well written. They were all realistic and easy to identify with - especially Sawyer. She's been through a really horrible and tragic event with her boyfriend's death, but on top of that she has to deal with her parent's divorce, a new (and now pregnant) step-mom, and the guilt she feels for Kevin's death. Add in the fact that Kevin was abusing her physically and a stalker - and things are definitely hard to handle. Sawyer kept her cool through most of it - trying the best she could. I liked that although she felt guilty about Kevin and his death, she also knew that she didn't deserve to be abused and that things were over between them. I also liked that she found a new romance in the book and it helped her to heal a bit and begin to move forward. The writing itself was really exceptional with vivid detail and descriptions that had me feeling like I was right alongside Sawyer the entire time. Very highly recommended for fans of mystery and thrillers! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
Truly, Madly, Deadly was freaking fabulous. It was thrilling, creepy, entertaining, and most of all gripping. It seriously kept me on my toes in terms of trying to figure out who the killer is. I am a huge fan of crime shows such as The Mentalist and Criminal Minds. Because of how much I watch them I tend to easily pick up on the tiniest hints and stories so I tend to always figure out the culprit quickly, which is why I haven't read a good murder mystery in a while, but then comes along this one!  Sawyer's boyfriend died of a presumed drunk driving accident, however Sawyer finds out that someone murdered him, and now that someone will do everything, even kill more people, to keep Sawyer from getting hurt again. I find novels like those deliciously creepy and am able to read them in a sitting if they are good, and believe me, Truly, Madly, Deadly is so good. While I was able to guess who the killer at the beginning, Hannah Jayne's way of laying out the plot and making everyone seem like the culprit (but in such a subtle way) that I was doubting myself throughout the whole novel. Very tiny hints were dropped about each person that make you think that maybe this is the killer, and not that one. I was playing Guess Who? (if you guys know this game) till the last couple of pages before the killer was revealed, then I had my "AHA!" moment.  Sawyer as a protagonist was great; Jayne portrayed her in a realistic way. Sawyer was not perfect by any means, she kept the letter from her family, friends, and even the police. I personally would have ran to the police station and handed it to them, but she decided to do this on her own. However things escalated from then on and I believe her decisions and action was well thought out and she tried to protect her family, even if it meant implicating her in some serious business.  Overall, Truly, Madly, Deadly was able to keep me engaged and at the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. It is one of the best thriller/murder YA novels I have read in a while and I can't wait to pick up any new books released by Ms. Hannah Jayne! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Keeps you on your toes!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
:) great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 11 years old an i read this in one whole day. Anyways this story is awesome during the last part when that girl when crazy i was sweating so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago