Thursday, August 4, 2016

Book Review: The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong

The Masked Truth
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publication: Doubleday (October 13, 2015)

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.

My Thoughts: THE MASKED TRUTH was an intense thriller. Seventeen-year-old Riley Vasquez is going through a really hard patch in her life. Her police officer father was killed in the line of duty eighteen months previous to this story. Riley was also babysitting one evening when there was a home invasion and the parents of her charge were killed. Riley and the child hid under the bed upstairs and escaped injury. But Riley is suffering from guilt that she didn't do anything but hide which has led to anxiety, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She has been going through therapy to deal with the trauma.

She is convinced by her mother and her therapist Aimee to attend a weekend counseling session at an old warehouse that is undergoing conversion to office space. When she arrives, the only other kid she knows is Max Cross who has been at her other group sessions with this therapist and who has sat on the side and made sniping comments.

Max is eighteen and found his charmed life gravely disrupted when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He is bright, articulate, good-lucking and has a brain that is betraying him. His mother moved them from Great Britain after an incident where he almost strangled his best friend. His doctors have been trying to find the right kinds and dosages of medicine to keep him stable. He is in therapy to try to come to terms with the way his life is now.

The kids no sooner arrive for the weekend session when it is invaded by men in rubber masks. They say that they are holding the kids for ransom. Aaron, one of the other kids there, has a rich father. When one of the kids panics and attacks the gunmen, chaos erupts that leads to dead kids, dead therapists, dead kidnappers, and Riley and Max playing a deadly game of hide and seek in the warehouse.

Max and Riley need to depend on each other for their survival. But when they finally escape the warehouse, their nightmare weekend isn't over.

This was a great thriller told from both Max and Riley's points of view. I couldn't put it down as I raced through the pages to find out what was going on and what was going to happen to Riley and Max. I thought it gave an excellent portrayal of mental illness and the way it affects the way a person thinks and lives.

Favorite Quote:
Which parts are these? What am I seeing on the wall?

A person's life. A person's self. That's what I'm seeing. We can talk about the heart and the soul and "what's inside," but it comes down to this: our brains. Everything we are is in there, everything we've been and want to be, and now it's splattered on the wall like someone spit out a mouthful of oatmeal. A life reduced to this.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.


  1. Oooh nice! I still need to read this one! I love YA thrillers and I especially love Kelley Armstrong, making this a perfect read for me! Glad to hear you enjoyed it! Great review!

  2. I was waiting for your review. So glad you enjoyed this one as I plan to grab it!


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