The Masked Truth

A Novel by Kelley Armstrong

Synopsis: 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.

This one was so back and forth for me. It started off pretty well, it got interesting pretty quickly. I mean within the first few chapters we have a double murder and a kidnapping/hostage situation, it’s pretty intense.

But then it started to backslide and I really started to lose interest by chapter 18…. I found myself putting the book down a lot, not wanting to pick it up again.. but eventually I did and kept reading. Then all of a sudden the story shifted for a third time and it got sort of interesting again, we were about to solve the mystery! And honestly what a mystery it was, I didn’t see that ending coming!

I didn’t like that for what seemed to be a book for younger readers, this book had a lot —and I mean A LOT— of pointless deaths, so many people died. The main characters were alright, a little drab at times, but we watch them as they’re struggling through intense traumas, PTSD and mental illnesses. You can’t help but feel bad for these kids, but in my opinion their personalities could have used a little bit of a spark, they just seemed a little flat and two dimensional.

Overall aside from the middle of the book being boring as freaking hell, it was a pretty decent story! I would probably recommend it.

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