Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne
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 about a teenager, named Sawyer, who lost her boyfriend to a drunk driving “accident” that turns out not to have been an accident at all. After Sawyer finds a note saying “you’re welcome”, things continue to go wrong in her life. She constantly feels as though someone is watching her and other people who are negatively linked to Sawyer end up dead. Sawyer is also a bit unstable and has negative effects from the prescription drugs she takes.
The story was pretty good. I liked how the author made it seem possible for many different people to be the killer/stalker. It could be a shy boy who has a crush on Sawyer, the new boy in town, her best friend, her enemy, a mysterious cop, or even Sawyer herself. Or, maybe, she’s just imagining things and none of the events are actually linked to her at all! I have to say, though, I picked out the correct option at the beginning! There were times when I doubted it, of course, but it turned out I was right, which was kind of disappointing. I like to be surprised. I’m curious, did you foresee the true outcome as well, or was it just a lucky guess on my part?
The novel is told in third person narration, through Sawyer’s point of view. There is nothing overly special about any of the characters in this book, in my opinion. Sawyer is just an ordinary teenage girl, with ordinary family drama. The only things different are the strange/freaky happenings around her. But she’s still an ordinary/plain character.
I might recommend this novel to strong fans of YA Mystery, but it really wasn’t that great of a read. I think this story is definitely geared toward a younger audience. It was a bit immature, so I’m not sure all adults would enjoy it. There also wasn’t anything about it that made the novel stand out.