June 28, 2013

Braine Reviews: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Series: Stand-alone
Format: Digital ARC
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Thriller
Purchase: Amazon  

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."

TRULY MADLY DEADLY is Hannah Jayne's first YA novel and its a debut with a heart-pounding BANG! The YA market is saturated with cute and wrenching romantic dramas, post apocalyptic worlds and other fantastical stories, it's starting to blend together. Writing a suspense psychological thriller as your first book for young adults is ballsy and definitely refreshing. And I absolutely devoured it, no crumbs whatsoever. That's how good TRULY MADLY DEADLY is.

The blurb gives us readers a good enough clue as far as the plot is concerned. Like I told HJayne, TRULY MADLY DEADLY has a Swimfan/Pretty Little Liars feel to it. In a nutshell someone is obsessed with Sawyer and people who've either hurt her or have ill intentions towards her started dropping like flies, making it look like tragic accidents followed up with curious gifts and creepy notes saying that the deaths were favors done for Sawyer. Ultimately it became really vicious as Sawyer finds herself being framed to the point where her mental stability is being put to question and people are becoming suspicious of her.

The build-up is really great with surprising peaks it will catch you off guard. The identity of the villain is on my list but that's after the obvious ones have been eliminated from the short list so really HJayne kept the clues camouflaged til the end. Even Sawyer never saw it coming! That's how cunning the antagonist and consequently, HJayne is. My only regret is towards the resolution, I guess I was expecting for a more dramatic and violent ending. Nevertheless it didn't dim TRULY MADLY DEADLY's genius for me.

I've felt all the dark emotions one goes through when reading a psych thriller. The fact that TRULY MADLY DEADLY is technically a YA book is immaterial. HJayne cleverly wove a story meant for us to feel scared, paranoid and frustrated. All the hyphens of a great suspense story are present: nail-biting, hair-pulling, jaw-clenching, heart-pounding. HJayne wrote a story about crazy teens but the appeal extends beyond the young adult bracket.

TRULY MADLY DEADLY is one of those books that under promised but over delivered. So if you're eyeing this book, go ahead and get it, its worth your time.

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.

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  1. Those last two sentences actually gave me shivers, and the cover is fantastic! I don't think I've ever read a thriller before, especially one without romance, but I would love to start with this.

    1. YOu'd hardly want for romance and in fact, you'd rather Sawyer remains single because of her obsessed fan!

  2. I am soooo excited for this book!!!

  3. Wow, I hadn't heard about this book, but it sounds so exciting! Like something from one of my favorite authors to read when I was younger - Lois Duncan. I hope to check this out book soon - great review!

  4. This sounds good! Might have to break my ban on buying new books this month. :)

  5. I can't wait to get my hands on this book. Great review! ;)

  6. I love the concept for this book, it reminds me a little of Insomnia by J. R Johanson with obviously diff plot points and characters, but the whole mystery and pointing fingers and psychological dilemma with the heroine. I can't wait to get my hands on this! :D

  7. YAY! I *so* want to read this. In fact, after reading the first blurb a while back, I've refrained from reading any more of them because I don't want anything spoiled! :D (So yes, I skimmed your post, but for a VERY good reason!) Didn't realize it was out... thanks for the heads up!


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