When a new Kim Stone book is released I am compelled to dismiss the rest of my TBR pile and start reading it immediately and it was no different for #DyingTruth, the eighth book in the series. You are going to be hearing from a lot of broken readers who have been lucky enough to read an ARC of this latest gift from Angela Marsons.
Happy Publication Day review to Angie Marsons for this latest Kim Stone masterpiece!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
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.
You just can’t help yourself Angela Marsons, can you? You throw in that prologue, set that scene and drag me smack bang into the midst of what I think is possibly the best in the Kim Stone series yet!
Dying Truth takes us on a dark investigation into the deaths of teenagers at one of the country’s most elite private schools, one where parents are queuing up to put their child’s name on the waiting list before they are even born! Sadie Winters is a pupil at the prestigious establishment when she takes her own life. Kim and Bryant are called in as nearest to the scene and despite Kim’s reservations about attending, she is soon convinced that all is not as it would seem. Her suspicions appear to be grounded as another victim is found and we are taken on a dark journey which uncovers a web of secrets and lies.
Angela Marsons has created a masterpiece in Kim Stone, a multi-layered character whom we have come to know and love as this series develops. Kim’s background is never far from her thoughts and her actions and the author fully engages the reader by drawing them into the whole of Kim’s life, allowing us to see inside of her head and her thoughts, the way she views the world around her and her relationships with others are all shaped by her own experiences as a child. For this reason, it is definitely best to read this series in order to gain the full “Kim Stone” experience. In Dying Truth we see Kim question her own motivation for her actions as she ponders whether or not she feels a personal responsibility for each victim she fails to save. Her determination to get to the bottom of what others are all to willing to write off as a suicide is laudable as is her disdain for a system that appears willing to brush any hint of scandal under the carpet to save its reputation. If I were ever to choose someone to be on my side, I reckon, Kim Stone would come way up at the top of the list for sure!
Of course, Kim does not operate in a vacuum, she has the support of her colleagues, Stacey, Dawson and Bryant and we see how well this team work together, each of them supporting and encouraging the other. The camaraderie and the humour that bonds them is strong and this novel takes this to the very limit this time around.
The baddie that we all love to hate, Alex Thorne, makes a brief appearance as Kim is forced to visit her to help with the investigation. This might be a small cameo role that Alex plays but it serves to remind us of how delightfully twisted the relationship between the two women is and it definitely acts as an appetizer for the reader to beg for more!
It is all to easy to find yourself overwhelmed by the location of this novel, feeling slightly inadequate and shabby as you walk through the imposing and intimidating corridors of the school, aware of the arrogance and contempt of those who consider themselves part of the elite. Dying Truth gives life to the world of secret societies and initiations amongst the privileged and serves as a reminder that wealth does not always equate to decency. It painted a harrowing picture of bullying, intimidation and secrecy, of a world that we would struggle to find our place in.
It will come as no surprise that Angela Marsons has dealt her readers a blow in her latest novel and it is testament to just how dark and twisted this woman’s mind is. Dying Truth, gives us an abundance of secrets, lies and intimidation all wrapped up in a deliciously twisted bow. She will have you gasping, crying and reeling in shock as she draws you in and spits you out broken at the other end! You have been warned!
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About Angela Marsons
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.