The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong
October 13,2015 – Doubelday
340 Pages – Young Adult, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Purpose: Personal choice
From Goodreads: A MASTERPIECE OF TERROR AND SUSPENSE FROM #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR KELLEY ARMSTRONG.
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.
My Thoughts: Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite authors and she continues to deliver, even when she is crossing genres or demographics. I was introduced to her writing through her Otherworld series,which is adult urban fantasy. She has even made it to my D.E.A.R. author list. With this latest book, I have to say that I am in awe. It has absolutely nothing to do with the supernatural or paranormal. This book tackles the issue of mental illness.
I was hooked from the beginning. I do feel bad for saying I enjoyed getting to know Max and Ripley since they are going through a horrific and traumatic experience. But, it is times like these that you get to see what people are made of. Despite the fact that they are dealing with mental illness, they have strength, intelligence and bravery. Traits that are not often attributed to people with mental illness. While Max would appear to be the most likely culprit, it was Ripley that really gave me pause. Ripley knew enough about police procedures to either be very helpful…..or dangerous.
This book explores two different things; the depths and depravity humans are capable of. as well as the many faces of mental illness. There is much fear and ignorance that surrounds the labeling and the diagnosis. Armstrong didn’t treat schizophrenia or PTSD parts of the story with kid gloves. Nor did she sugar coat or exaggerate them. She gave an honest and real look behind the curtain. I am probably more impressed with how Armstrong dealt with the illnesses than with anything else. I did love this book, and I wold recommend it to everyone.
5 stars *****