Hello everyone!! Today on the blog I am taking part in the Blog Tour for See Jane Run organized by Sourcebooks Fire. I have my review and a fun guest post!
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
- Publication date: 1/1/2014
- Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review/tour
I know who you are.
When Riley first gets the postcard tucked into her bag, she thinks it's a joke. Then she finds a birth certificate for a girl named Jane Elizabeth O'Leary hidden inside her baby book.
Riley's parents have always been pretty overprotective. What if it wasn't for her safety...but fear of her finding out their secret? What have they been hiding? The more Riley digs for answers, the more questions she has.
The only way to know the truth? Find out what happened to Jane O'Leary.
Praise for Truly, Madly, Deadly
"A fast-paced thriller."--Kirkus Reviews
"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
I'm always up for a good mystery/thriller so this sounded like just the book for me. While I did enjoy it, I didn't totally love it. The story was interesting, and I liked how it tackled metal illness without solely focusing on it. The characters just didn't quite work for me the way I wanted though. This had plenty of thrill and excitement though, which was able to keep me interested and turning the pages. Also, I just have to add that the synopsis is very deceiving. She actually finds the birth certificate before getting a postcard declaring that someone knows who she is.
Riley was one of those characters that really just annoyed the crap out of me. I tried to believe that her paranoia was just part of whatever caused her to have panic attacks, but I just couldn't get over how easily she believed that maybe she was kidnapped or that her parents could do something that horrible. Yes, they are super overly protective of her, but I wouldn't think that would make someone automatically think the worst. She also is too quick to give into her best friend Shelby's suggestions about anything. Beyond that, she's reckless and kind of stupid. I get that she wants to find out the truth that she's seeking, but I wanted to smack her and be like, "Dude! Smarten up a little bit!!" Maybe I am too far removed from being a teenager now, and I would have made rash decisions too, but I don't think to the extreme that she does.
Of course, along with the mystery and dangerous situations, there is a bit of a romance. Shocker right?! The good thing about it was that it never really took over the story. It seemed a bit too convenient at times, but I really liked JD and wanted to know more about what he was hiding and who he really is. It's obvious that he has been misjudged and isn't really a bad guy or trouble maker that he seems to be. I thought that he was a great addition to the story and made me a little less irritated at the other characters like Shelby, Riley, and Riley's parents.
This was a thrilling mystery, but being the sleuth that I am, I was able to tie it all together rather quickly. It didn't take away from the enjoyment of it for me though. I thought that the fast pace was great, and was able to pull me through the book quite fast. Full of danger, mystery, and a touch of romance. This was a great YA thriller that will be sure to please many.
Now for a guest post from the author!
Top Five Favorite Thriller Books or Movies
Even before I started writing thrillers, I was passionate about them! I love creepy books, scary movies, and basically anything that sends chills down my spine!
1. Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
2. I Know What You Did Last Summer (the book!) by Lois Duncan
3. Chain Letter by Christopher Pike
4. Scream (the first film) – I’m a total sucker for scary movies!
5. Halloween (the first, original with Jami Lee Curtis in those crazy, high-waisted pants)