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.
By now, I must probably be one of the last humans on earth to not have read this book already. Shame on me! Now that I've read it, I honestly think that 'Dying Truth' is one of the author's best books to date.
Kim Stone and Bryant are called to Heathcrest, a private boarding school for the wealthy, where a young teenage girl has apparently just committed suicide by jumping from the roof of the school. Upon seeing the girl's broken body and its position, Kim's gut feeling tells her that something is not quite right. But what? Who was this girl? What happened to her to make her jump to certain death? Was this really the desperate final deed of a troubled girl, or was this the result of something much more sinister?
When another death takes place in the same school soon after, Kim is sure that her gut was right and this is no coincidence, so she decides to look more closely at these deaths. She wants to find the truth, even if that means stepping on the toes of some very influential people in the process. Even if the school is hellbent in keeping up its reputation, Kim wants to dig deep. Her and her team's investigation leads them to yet another death that happened in the school twenty-five years previously. Could the three deaths be connected? Kim is sure that the past holds the key to solving this mystery.
Well, what can I say more about Angela Marsons and the DI Kim Stone series of books that I haven't already said in my reviews of the previous books? This is one phenomenal author who no matter what she writes I'm sure that I'm gonna love it. I can buy her books blindfolded without reading any blurb or seeing any cover and knowing that I've made the best choice.
With Kim Stone, Angela Marsons has created the perfect recipe that proves a winner time and time again. Kim makes reading so much more enjoyable and it's as though I can never have enough of this bold inspector. I love the way Kim thinks, the way she behaves and the way she delivers results.
A clever, well-crafted plot, great realistic characters, believable dialogue, ongoing tension, together with short chapters many of which end in cliffhangers are just some of the elements that make this book so interesting and intriguing. 'Dying Truth' is also full of twist and turns, lies and secrets and many possible suspects. We also have the usual ongoing banter between Kim and her team members who we have grown to know so well after eight books. Young Kevin Dawson has quite a central role in this book.
Once I started reading 'Dying Truth', I couldn't stop, and when I came to the last part, my heart was in my mouth together with my knuckles from where I almost drew blood. That ending!!! OMG no!!! Angela Marsons, how could you?!?! No!!
'Dying Truth' is another memorable, not-to-be-missed book by the fabulous Angela Marsons, I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend it.
With thanks to Bookouture for approving my request to read and review this book through Netgalley.
Angela Marsons is the author of the International Bestselling DI Kim Stone series and her books have sold more than 2 million in 2 years.
She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their cheeky Golden Retriever and a swearing parrot.
She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read "Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people's".
After years of writing relationship based stories (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.
She is signed to Bookouture.com for a total of 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.