The Masked Truth
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 ...more
Actual rating : 1.5 stars - DNF at 50%
► Let's start with several questions, okay?
1) Are you able to repeatedly suspend your disbelief?
✘ It doesn't bother you if the therapy weekend aimed at teenagers is organized in an old office building without windows (because apparently when you're disturbed/suicidal/suffering from random mental illness issues, spending days without natural light is going to help you) and which is not up to fire code. You think that parents would willingly put their childr ...more
This was, quite simply, one of the best books I have ever read.
If you like --
*Intense, taut, unexpected, and suspenseful thrillers;
*An understated and powerful examination of mental illnesses;
*Death by adorbs and an OTP-worthy romance;
*Characters you will immediately connect with and root for...
Then this book is for you. I sincerely hope that is everyone, because The Masked Truth deserves all the praise in the world.
I started it on whim after picking it up at BEA, having no expectatio ...more
L I K E S :
General Plot: As basic as it sounds, I just really loved the plot of this book! Kids go away to a therapy retreat and are held hostage by gun-wielding, mask-hidden thugs? Sign me up! (Well, don't actually sign me up for a weekend like that, it was just a really interesting idea for a story.) While I definitely had issues in the ...more
I love the exploration of mental illness. This added into the story made a great mystery-thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat.
I am a big fan of Kelley Armstrong’s The Otherworld Series and after reading some of my GR friends reviews, which were mostly positive, decided to read her latest YA book, The Masked Truth.
By the time I had read a few chapters, I thought…hey this reminds me of something like The Breakfast Club movie!! Remember, a group of “troubled” teenagers are stuck in detention together and for the next hour and half, we get to listen to all their woes and tribulations and they get to know each othe ...more
The thriller was great. The ending whodunit was predict ...more
I loved her paranormal series and expected something other-ish to fill these pages. Yes, I do pick up books I know nothing about and start reading, it's fun to be surprised. Back to the point, I was reading about these troubled teens who had been brought together for this weekend therapy, in a remote location, with no windows and I expected ghosts, vampires, special powers ? They had no powers, no para-anything and not a touch ...more
The Masked Truth is one of the best YA thriller/suspense books I've ever read. It was brilliantly crafted and executed to perfection. Kelley Armstrong proves, with this book, that it's possible to write a YA thriller that gives equal attention to its characters and its plot.
Riley Vasquez, one of the two protagonists of this novel, was from the very beginning, a character I liked. In her 17 years, she had endured way too much pain and horror than any person should in their lives, having had her f ...more
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I am a major Kelley Armstrong fangirl so I knew I would love this book but I still ended up being surprised by it. The Masked Truth is so different from Kelley Armstrong's YA novels in that it’s more mature and also happens to be a thriller (her YA books so far have been Urban Fantasy/Fantasy.)
One thing Kelley Armstrong has been good about is incorporating diversity in her novels and she does it again with a Hispanic fem ...more
I understand what the author tried to do here, but the execution is iffy.
The novel comprise ...more
2.5 stars (maybe)
I have a rather complicated relationship with Kelly Armstrong's books. More like "it's not you, it's me" kind. Her books are entertaining with good language and intriguing plot but I am not invested in her characters, there's no connection. I am like a passerby observing them from the side but not feeling anything particular toward them. The same was with The masked truth. I rather liked the story and suspense, but MCs and dialogs did not touch me nor I wanted to sympathize wi...more
Riley is suffering from sever survivor's guilt. The parents of the girl she babysits for were gunned down in front of her as they were leaving their house. Riley reacted with quick thinking and hid herself and the little girl under the bed. She saved the girl's life but feels like a coward for hiding under the bed.
She begins to go to therapy to deal with her depression and PTSD, and it is highly encourag ...more
I honestly don't know how to write a review right now. I'm still reeling from that wild ride. Wow. I'm quivering, shaking, absolutely dying right now. The Masked Truth deserves every single one of those five stars--it deserves more than just those five stars.
I honestly cannot recommend any novel more than this. If there's a single book that you preorder in 2015, I ask that it be this one. It deserves each and every one of these five stars. Congratu ...more
YAAAAAAASSS. That was seriously one of the best mystery/thriller books I’ve ever read. It is so much more than a "crazed gunman loose in a camp of kids” story. So so much more.
I expected one thing when I picked this up, and I got it alright. I got it and I got MORE. The story was intense and filled with suspense. I couldn’t put the book down, I just wanted to know what happened next! And just when I thought there was nowhere left for the story to go, it went somewhere and I was ...more
So, hey, the book made me think!
I knew this was thriller/horror, but I wasn't expecting this level of violence. I've read most of Armstrong's work and, sure, they have violence, but it's primarily in a fantasy and/or adult context, so it reads differently to me. ...more
Don't expect this to be anything like a typical Armstrong story, for it's not. It is, however, extremely(!!!) well done, and I wish I could give it a "10".
Part of me was desperately turning pages as fast as I could, and another part of me wanted to put the book down, to catch my breath, to find a moment. Ah, god, Max, oh god, Max is such a sweetheart. All that promise and now all the struggling he must endure.
And what an excellen ...more
This book was bloody brilliant. WOW. I could not read fast enough nor put it down. And my mind is still reeling from what happened. It was amazing and I loved it and everyone needs to read it.
Armstrong doesn't waste any time before kicking this story into high gear. The masked men show up on page 21 and it's all suspense, anxiety, uncertainty, anticipation, and other thriller-y goodness from then on out. Shit hits the fan around page 56 and that's when Riley and Max t ...more
A group of teens with various mental or behavioral challenges go on a weekend therapy retreat. Rather than participating in some kind of formal, recognized program, they're just going to hang out with two young therapists in a windowless converted warehouse that someone stuck beds in just for this event. Everybody's parents seem okay with this arrangement.
Shit goes down immediately, before we get to ...more
What a thriller! Action packed and intense. Though not the most believable of stories, The Masked Truth had lots of plot twists and likable characters. What got me, however, was the writing. Tight, varied, beautiful. Got a little long at the end, but still enjoyable (and by enjoyable I mean disturbingly full of murder and mayhem and motives. But, y'know...)
Side note, I'm glad I didn't "realize" who this author was before I picked up the book. I probably would't have given it a chance. G ...more
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Told between dual point of views, The Masked Truth was so much fun. A story that was every bit as gruesome and frightening as it was interesting and entertaining.
This book starts out strong and I was invested from the beginning of the book because I wanted to learn about Riley's pa ...more
Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a ...more