Ahoy there me mateys!
the masked truth (Kelley Armstrong)
Another port plundered. Arrrr! I first heard about this author through her sea of shadows book and have also read that book’s sequel. So when I saw this novel in a bookstore while on shore, I just had to read it too. Sea of shadows was a fantasy. This book is a young adult thriller. What they both have in common is great characters, fun plots with fairly unpredictable twists, and excellent writing. So happy to have found this author.
The main characters Riley and Max form a great friendship bond of the type that just makes me super happy and I tend to be enthusiastic about. Max has a way of playing with words that is super fun. I am a Captain that enjoys etymology. The OED is one of my favorite things ever (side note – for a wonderful book about the compilation of the OED read the professor and the madman). Think about the difference between terrified, panic, anxious and words in between. There are a lovely couple of pages dealing with Max’s use of those words – pages 123 to 126 in my hardback copy to be exact. Riley is caring, courageous, flawed, and wonderful. Together the two are a great team.
Also all the young adults in the novel have some kind of problem be it PTSD, depression, etc. I thought the way the author handled those issues was deftly done. Mental illness is a serious problem and the novel did not belittle the characters with these issues or their concerns. I mean yes the illnesses had uses in the plot points but there still seemed to be care taken by the author to express the seriousness of both how the characters felt and were changed by diagnosis and questions about how our society perceives those people who have mental illness.
Overall I thought this was an excellent read and I cannot wait to read another novel by this excellent author.
The author’s website has this to say about the novel:
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 find out that even escape doesn’t equal freedom.
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