Detective Inspector Kim Stone is not convinced that the suicide of a teenage girl is what it seems, so when the body of a boy is found at the same school, it soon becomes clear that these incidents are no accidents. With a wall of silence encircling her, Kim gets the break she needs when one of the teachers is prepared to talk before she, too, is found dead. Desperate to bring this case to a conclusion before more lives are lost, Kim knows that time is most definitely against her.
What can I say? Every time I read the next Kim Stone book, I’m convinced that it can’t be as good as the previous ones, only for Angela Marsons to, once again, pull it out of the bag. This is unbelievably true with Dying Truth which, in my opinion, is the best of the series so far. This is no mean feat for a series that is now in its eighth installment.
I love a book that hooks you right from the start and Angela Marsons has certainly done this from the very first pages. It’s not often that a book provides a shock so early on but by starting the story at its climax, it is impossible not to read at a rate of knots to try to see what leads up to those shocking events. When we do finally reach this point in the story, nothing can prepare you for what you are about to read. There is no wonder that bloggers who have already read this book are talking about needing a support group – Angie, how could you?!
Growing up, many readers would have been fascinated by boarding schools after reading Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers series. Heathcrest, the school in Dying Truth is nothing like that, however, with secret societies and bullying being more of an everyday occurrence than midnight feasts and playful practical jokes. This is a school full of deadly secrets that are slowly being revealed, with staff and pupils doing their best to keep them well hidden. Kim being Kim, though, is determined to make a nuisance of herself, and is doing everything she can to get under the skin of those involved.
We also see a return of two characters in cameo roles. Reporter Tracy Frost is back, albeit in a very minor role. I always enjoy her interactions with Kim – two strong women with very different crime scene etiquette! Perhaps the biggest shock though, is the reappearance of Kim’s nemesis, Dr Alexandra Thorne. Still in prison for what happened in a previous book, Thorne is called upon to share her expertise with the detective. As Thorne is more used to being able to manipulate everyone she comes into contact with, it was great to see Kim have the upper hand.
Dying Truth is an amazing book and definitely one of my favourites of the year so far. Angela Marsons has certainly surpassed herself with this one. If you are not up to date with this series, make it a priority to catch up!
With thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley for my ARC.
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