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published: Oct 2015
ISBN:9780385684750

The Masked Truth

by Kelley Armstrong

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4 of 5
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list price: $21.99
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
published: Oct 2015
ISBN:9780385684750
Description

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.

About the Author
Kelley Armstrong is the author of the Cainsville Modern Gothic series and the Age of Legends YA fantasy trilogy. Her past works include the Otherworld urban fantasy series, the Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising teen paranormal trilogies and the Nadia Stafford crime trilogy. She also co-writes the Blackwell Pages middle-grade fantasy trilogy as K.L. Armstrong with M.A. Marr. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her family. For more information, visit www.kelleyarmstrong.com.
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Contributor Notes

KELLEY ARMSTRONG is the New York Times bestselling author of, among other titles, the Otherworld series for adults, and the Darkest Powers (The Summoning,The Awakening and The Reckoning); Darkness Rising (The GatheringThe Calling andThe Rising) and Age of Legend (Sea of ShadowsEmpire of Night and the forthcomingForest of Ruin) trilogies for teens. Kelley lives near Alymer, Ontario, with her family. You can visit her website at www.kelleyarmstrong.com.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
14 to 100
Grade:
9 to 17
Awards
  • Short-listed, Canadian Library Association - Young Adult Canadian Book Award
Editorial Review

"Action-packed suspense from beginning to end." —Kirkus Reviews

"[A] terrifying thriller where suspense and psychological horror serve as perfect counterpoints to themes of forgiveness and growth. . . . Masterful storytelling . . . overflowing with twists."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

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YA Thriller

Awesome! I stayed up way too late because I just could not put it down without finishing it. I partly had the scenario figured out, but there were so many twists and turns that there was enough that kept me guessing. If you're familiar with the mangas "Judge" or "Doubt" you'll know where the author's idea comes from. A warehouse, with kidnapped teens who are being murdered by captors wearing masks.

For a YA book this has the violence, fast pace and psychological thrills of an adult book of the genre, yet it never stops reminding you that it is, indeed, a YA book. And there is where I have my problems and am not sure how to rate or review the book yet. Since the book starts off with a group of teens in a mental therapy group, their diagnoses become the "issues". Especially those of the two main characters. We are taken on time-outs to be given information lessons, debriefings, politically correct terminology and touchy-feely stuff about how the mentally ill are not "crazy". I personally belong to the mental health community so "get" all this, but did I want it interfering during what was otherwise an excellent thriller? No, it hindered both the tension and pacing.

Otherwise ...

The thriller was very good; a departure from Armstrong's usual paranormal fare. This was strictly realistic. The terror was high, adrenaline was rushing and the tension was virtually non-stop. No character was safe keeping the reader on the edge of their seat throughout making for an incredibly fast paced read. Character development was also awesome; I was invested in both Max and Riley and was satisfied with the realistic ending.

I hope Armstrong continues to venture out into this genre more, but I'd love to see what she can do in the mainstream adult market.

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