Written by: Kelley Armstrong
Published by: Doubleday
Release date: October 13th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: BookExpo America 2015
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Riley Vasquez is haunted by the brutal murder of the couple she was babysitting for.
Max Cross is suffering under the shadow of a life-altering diagnosis he doesn’t dare reveal.
The last thing either of them wants is to spend a weekend away at a therapy camp alongside five other teens with “issues.” But that’s exactly where they are when three masked men burst in to take the group hostage.
The building has no windows. The exits are sealed shut. Their phones are gone. And their captors are on a killing spree.
Riley and Max know that if they can’t get out, they’ll be next—but they’re about to discover that even escape doesn’t equal freedom.
I don’t normally read thrillers, but something about the synopsis of this one had me really curious, so I picked it up at BEA. And then Danielle’s love of this book got me really excited to read it — and it was totally worth it.
When I think of “thrillers,” I mostly think of books that are half mystery, half fast-paced action — AKA, books that leave little room for more emotional “character stuff.” This usually turns me off of thrillers, to be honest. But The Masked Truth did not have that problem. It was all fast-paced thrills and amazing characters, and it kept me glued to its pages. Kelley Armstrong was somehow able to keep up the tension of a fast-paced plot, while also dealing with serious subjects like PTSD, suicide, and depression with sensitivity and realness. I did not expect that, and that balance was probably my favorite thing about this book.
The Masked Truth also has a really great ship (yes, I am all about the ships), and there are many romantic-type feels to be had, but those elements don’t overtake the plot to an unbelievable degree. This book is about survival, about finding strength to persevere and overcome even when the odds seem insurmountable — and that was the clear focus.
I’d definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a change-of-pace to normal contemporaries. Even if you’re not big on thrillers, like me, if you’re a character-driven reader, you need to check this book out. It may surprise you.