Published by Sourcebooks Fire on 2nd July 2013
Format: E-ARC, E-Book
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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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:
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...
I don’t know about you, but sometimes there’s nothing better than curling up with a book at night which is going to freak you out. Not in the horror sense, but in that psychological way that has you on edge and questioning everything.
Just like Truly, Madly, Deeply. I will admit, the first time I read this back in 2013, I really enjoyed it. I never guessed the plot twists, I was sufficiently creeped out by Sawyer’s house in the middle of nowhere and all the random things that kept happening to her, and I was rooting for her when no-one would take her seriously.
However upon reading it again, my thoughts and views are somewhat changed – is it to do with the fact that I’m a lot more cynical in my old age now, or is it that before, I looked past the obvious flaws in the characters and this time around they irritated me to no end?
Truly, Madly, Deeply was a quick read, so it’s an easy enough novel to get through. There’s a lot of suspense and emphasis on shadows and creepiness associated with being alone in a brand new house in the middle of nowhere. It had an aura around it of a Supernatural episode, where the colour scheme would be dark, haunting woods and dreary, wet weather.
However that’s where the positives end. The characters are highly undeveloped, the serious undertones of bullying and domestic violence are barely addressed, which, especially in this day and age, should be the most important theme of the novel and be well structured to portray the message that bullying and violence is not okay. Instead, the main bully escapes being made aware of her wrong doings (granted, there’s a pretty big spoiler in there as to why, but you’ll have to read it to find out more). The abusive boyfriend is all but forgotten by the climax of the novel, all in favour of someone new who the main characters gets hot and heavy with on multiple occasions.
The characters themselves were possibly the worst aspect of the book. Any adults present were one dimensional and ignorant, something I have a hard time believing that none of them believed Sawyer on certain points. Sawyer herself is a wispy, brooding teenager whose sullenness could rival Bella Swan’s. The secondary characters, like the adults, only serve the purpose of giving you that sense of foreboding and creepiness in Sawyer’s life, which, to an extent worked, but I wanted more. More of everything, and that’s where this read fell flat.
All being said, if you’re looking for a thriller that isn’t too heavy, I’d definitely recommend Truly, Madly, Deeply. Once you get past the plot inconsistencies, there’s a fun pyscho-thriller waiting to be devoured in one go.