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TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY by Hannah Jayne

TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY

By Hannah Jayne

Age Range: 14 - 18

Pub Date: July 2nd, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4022-8121-1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

In a fast-paced thriller, a teen whose boyfriend died in a drunken driving accident finds that a killer is targeting her enemies.

Suspense begins in the first chapter, when Sawyer opens her locker to find a copy of the newspaper article about Kevin’s death along with a note that simply reads, “You’re welcome.” Kevin, readers learn, had become increasingly violent toward Sawyer during their relationship, and Sawyer’s mixed feelings and desire to keep Kevin’s violence a secret are handled with grace. After a disturbing incident in which a teacher sexually harasses Sawyer, the murderer strikes again. Sawyer is reluctant to tell anyone about the mysterious notes she’s received, and readers will wonder if some of the novel’s gruesome events could have been avoided had she simply come clean. Nevertheless, Sawyer’s fear and emotional distress are realistically portrayed, and knowing that the medication she takes can produce hallucinations heightens the tension: Is she imagining the noises she hears in her empty housing development, or is somebody following her? Sawyer doesn’t do much detective work, but readers can speculate about a platoon of possible culprits. Some readers may put together enough clues to guess the ending, but plenty of others will be surprised.

An engaging balance of atmosphere and action. (Suspense. 14-18)