REVIEW OF ‘DYING TRUTH’ BY ANGELA MARSONS

5 STARS *****

Published by Bookouture on 18th May 2018

 

 

THE BLURB:

 

How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?

 

When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.

 

As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead.

 

With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable – whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim.

 

Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.

 

The utterly addictive new crime thriller from the Number One bestselling author – you will be gripped until the final shocking twist.

 

MY REVIEW:

 

Ever since picking up the first Kim Stone novel, Silent Scream, I have been a massive fan of Angela Marsons. Having just read #8 in the series, Dying Truth, I can categorically say that my love for this series has just grown and grown. And the best thing of all, is that now, I don’t justcare about Kim Stone, I care about a whole host of other characters, too which makes for a rich and rewarding reading experience.

 

In Dying Truth, Angela tackles an important social issue; the mysterious and very disturbing practice of hazing. I learned a lot about this awful subject while reading the book, largely because it has been impeccably researched. However, information is never simply dumped on the reader. Facts are seamlessly woven into the narrative and the author conveys the humiliation and intimidation suffered so well, the reader is kept fully invested in the characters, fearing for their wellbeing as the danger ramps up each excruciating notch.

 

The ending? Ahh, the ending deserves a review all of its own! Sadly, it’s impossible to do the final denouement justice without incurring spoilers. Suffice to say that I found the resolution of Dying Truth to be a total surprise, a shock and a real tearjerker . . . that’s right . . . it qualifies on all three levels!

 

In Dying Truth, Angela manages to combine nail biting tension, expert pacing and amazing characterisation together with a fascinating, socially aware and very poignant storyline.

 

All these points combine to result in a book that is impossible to put down and leaves the reader – as always – desperate for the next instalment in the series. The Kim Stone series just keeps on giving and Dying Truth is possibly her best one yet.