Title:The Masked Truth
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery
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
When I found out that Kelley was writing a stand alone novel, I was thrilled. She never writes these, and I was estactic for a full throttle dont-leave-me-wanting-more book. She succeeded.
Not going to lie, when I first started reading this book I started going “Huh? This is so far fetched.” I was a tiny bit put off by it, but I stuck with it and I’m glad! This novel most definitely shines some light on mental illness and its affects, especially from a teenage perspective. Although some of the story line makes you wonder how this could have actually happened in real life, it show also how although people have been diagnosed with something that is life changing, it does not mean they cannot be a thriving person.
I loved Riley, but at times I wanted to see something more from her. I mean, after everything that happened, she didn’t falter once. Not a single time. Something that seems a bit far fetched given the whole reason for her attending the therapy sessions to begin with. This is basically my only critique.
I did enjoy how Kelley openly gave a novel about therapy, teens going to therapy, being so open about therapy, and their world revolving around therapy. Whether it be Max and being diagnosed with something, or something happening to an individual and it breaking them. There was a lot of talk about therapy and needing help was portrayed along with mental illness being portrayed. There was also typical stigma shown and the ‘man up’ ideals depicted but in was put in such a negative light that it made me appreciate the underlying tones of this novel so much more.
I give this novel 4.5 stars out of 5. I would definitely recommend this book and I totally added it to my shelf because of Kelley and her superb writing that I love.
Please note, all opinions are my own.