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Truly, Madly, Deadly
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"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 DieThey Said It Was An...
"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 DieThey Said It Was An...
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  • "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...

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    "Thank you for coming."

    The words rose and fell on the soft pile carpet, and Sawyer wondered whether she should brush the small ball of fuzz from Kevin's earlobe. It stuck there, stark and white against the dark navy blue of his suit.

    "I couldn't have gotten through today without you," Mrs. Anderson said, squeezing Sawyer's ice-cold hand.

    Sawyer knew she should say something comforting, something warm and thoughtful, but all she could focus on was that little bit of fuzz on Kevin's left ear.

    "They said it was immediate," someone whispered. "They said he was drunk."

    Sawyer had heard those words tumble over and over in her mind every minute for the past forty-eight hours. It was immediate, Kevin was drunk, he didn't stand a chance. She wasn't crying-couldn't anymore-as she stared down at Kevin. His eyes were closed, his lips slightly parted, and his hands were gently crossed against his chest. Sawyer couldn't help but think from somewhere dark, somewhere deep inside of her, that at least he couldn't hurt her anymore.

    "You must be devastated."

    Sawyer felt Mr. Hanson, her Spanish teacher, lay a gentle hand on her shoulder. She shrunk away, the smell of lilies suddenly overwhelmingly cloying. "I'll be right back."

    She took the stairs two at a time, her black ballet flats falling soundlessly on the carpet. She paused on the top floor landing when she saw the girl at the end of the hall.

    The girl blinked at Sawyer.

    She was tall and thin-unfortunately so-with a boyish body that was all edges and angles. Her long brown hair was looped in a herringbone braid that fell over one shoulder, and baby hairs stood up in a static-y halo around her head, shot out from the loose weave of the braid. The girl's eyes looked like they may have been velvety brown and deeply alive once, but they were sunken and flat now. Her full lips were barely pink and pulled down at the edges. This girl wore her mourning black like a second skin.

    Sawyer swallowed; the girl swallowed.

    Sawyer paused for a full beat before tugging self-consciously at her braid, then averted her eyes from the mirror that reflected a girl she scarcely recognized. She continued down the hall, moving quickly.

    She knew from nights lying to her parents and sneaking, shoeless, past his parents' room that Kevin's door was the last one on the left. She slipped in there on a sigh, clicking the door shut softly behind her. A curl-edged painting was scotch taped to the back of Kevin's door and Sawyer, stunned, fingered it softly. It was a beach scene she had painted the first day Kevin spoke to her. They were in art class and she was lost in her own brush strokes, squinting, leaning close to make the crush of the waves as realistic as possible.

    "You're really good," he had said, his chin jutting toward the scene. Sawyer could still feel the overwhelming heat in her cheeks as her index finger followed the curl of foam on the forever-still water.

    She heard a soft breath in the yellowing light that filtered through the blinds and cracked across the painting. "The recruiter came to see him, you know."

    Mr. Anderson said it without turning around. Kevin's father was perched on the end of his son's bed; his head was bowed and his back was toward her, but Sawyer could see that his fingers were working the silky fabric of Kevin's number twenty-one Hawthorne Hornets football jersey while an army of gold plated football trophies looked on.

    "He talked about marrying you." Mr....

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 www.hannahjschwartz.com.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 27, 2013
    Adult author Jayne (the Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles) moves from urban fantasy to YA thrillers with this tense psychological piece. High school junior Sawyer Dodd is still reeling from her boyfriend’s death in a drunk driving accident when she receives a note from an “admirer” that simply reads, “You’re welcome.” Meanwhile, Sawyer’s former friend Maggie is making her life at school miserable, and her parents want her to attend therapy. When a second person is killed, Sawyer realizes that her admirer/stalker is closer than she suspected and knows everything about her life. With suspicion falling on her, can she thwart her stalker’s murderous intentions before tragedy strikes again? Jayne delivers a healthy dose of paranoia amid the story’s growing tension, as Sawyer’s life crumbles around her. The skillful buildup leads to a somewhat muddled climax, however, and the stalker’s identity and motivations come out of left field (also, Sawyer’s ability to attract both trouble and troubled personalities seems disproportionately high). A solid effort that doesn’t quite make the grade. Ages 13–up. Agent: Amberly Finarelli, Andrea Hurst & Associates Literary Management.

  • Kirkus

    May 15, 2013
    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)

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  • School Library Journal

    August 1, 2013

    Gr 8 Up-In this fast-paced thriller, Jayne crafts a suspenseful tale of vengeance and misguided love. Dating star football player Kevin Anderson has its perks, including instant popularity for junior Sawyer Dodd. Their relationship seems perfect, but what nobody knows about is the abuse Sawyer suffers at the hands of her controlling boyfriend. When Kevin dies in a car accident, Sawyer is filled with a mix of sadness and relief, certain that her terrible secret will remain just that. She receives a cryptic note that simply states, "You're welcome," and Sawyer questions its meaning until people around her begin to die. Someone is willing to kill for Sawyer but is setting her up to take the fall. She determines to uncover the identity of the murderer and clear her name before she becomes the next victim. Sawyer is depicted as the ultimate victim-of physical abuse, sexual assault, bullying-who has real motives for revenge against those who have hurt her, yet the subjective third-person narrative suggests that she isn't the perpetrator, even when Sawyer doubts her own innocence. Peppered with red herrings, the plot has twists and turns that will have the audience guessing, and while the ending isn't completely unexpected, it still feels anticlimactic after Jayne's intense buildup. Other than a few instances in which important details are overlooked, including a noticeable change in the way a character dies, the story seems plausible and will keep readers engaged. Teens who enjoy R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike are the likely audience for this gripping mystery.-Audrey Sumser, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Mayfield, OH

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Justine Magazine "This can't-put-it-down mystery deals with a secret admirer . . . Intense and chilling, it kept us guessing until the ultimate shocking reveal."
  • April Henry, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die "What a ride! Full of twists and turns-including an ending you won't see coming!"
  • Publishers Weekly "[A] tense psychological piece . . . Jayne delivers a healthy dose of paranoia amid the story's growing tension."
  • RT Book Reviews "The characters are well developed and multidimensional, no matter how big or small their role. A solidly good novel-an enjoyable read."

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