How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents. As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead. With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable – whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim. Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.
Dying Truth is another corker from the mighty pen (keyboard?) of Angela Marsons. To be honest, I finished reading this a week ago, and it has taken me until now to pull myself out of the emotional wringer and together enough to write this review.
A fab prologue leaves you with sense of dread that lingers throughout the book and what follows is a dark, dark tale with distressing and emotive themes throughout. Fortunately, we do still get some of the humorous team banter that makes these stories so strong.
I hate elitism, snobbery and bullying and all that jazz so a lot of the characters at this exclusive boarding school got right up my nose. I did have my suspicions of the ‘baddie’ as soon as they were introduced (well and most others to be honest! 😉 ) but the web of secrets and lies and motives uncovered is incredible and it is a far more complex explanation than a relatively simple whodunit.
The repercussions of the events at the conclusion will be felt for some time to come yet, although one or two of the characters did offer hopeful lights for the future at the end. This is a strong entry in a great series. Bravo Angela Marsons.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of Dying Truth.
If you fancy it, you can also take a look at how imagine Kim and Stacey (amongst others) to look, in Putting a Face to the Name.