Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong

Published: Oct 2015
Pages: 340
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Copy Provided by: Bought
Summary: Goodreads


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 am a big fan of Kelley Armstrong. I try to attend her author visits whenever I see that she is coming to town and have followed her for many years now. She is incredibly talented and I love how she varies her writing style. I was so excited to see The Masked Truth come out. I had not heard about this title prior to browsing the shelves at Chapters one day.  As soon as I got home, I looked it up on Kindle and tried out the first few chapters. She had me hooked! Riley's hostage crisis started a huge adrenaline rush for me.  It was like reading Carrie Ryan's Daughter of Deep Silence.  So I proceeded to buy and download this title.

Unfortunately, after about 30% of the way through I lost interest. I hate losing interest in a book.  Especially by an author I admire so much.   The therapy session characters were hard to keep track of. I didn't feel like any of them were particularly memorable and the hostage events, though violent and meant to be suspenseful, felt repetitive and confusing.  I found myself putting the novel down several times and starting something new.  I finally picked it up again this week to finish it off.  At about 80% of the way through, the plot thickened and things became more interesting.  The end of the story was good.  It was unexpected so if you like surprise endings, this would be a good book for you. However, I did find the middle of the novel hard to follow and lacked the depth that I normally see from Ms. Armstrong's titles.

1 comment:

  1. Aw, too bad you didn't love this one as much as you were hoping to. I loved this one, I found it absolutely riveting! Better luck with your next read!