Published: 18th May 2018 by Bookouture
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 book 8 in this fantastic series and is quite possibly Angela Marsons’ bravest Kim Stone book yet!
Kim and the team are taken to a prestigious private boarding school where status is everything, following the apparent suicide of Sadie Winters who is found at the bottom of the bell tower. Whilst the school are very keen to brush it under the carpet and minimise any negative attention, all is not what it seems, especially when another death occurs.
I found this book absolutely fascinating as Marsons’ introduces her reader to the world of secret societies whereby there is no choice as to whether you accept the invitation to join as it is expected that any invitee would be delighted to have been chosen. This adds an interesting side to the story whereby the ranks are well and truly locked down and Kim has difficulties in getting any information.
What I truly loved about this book was Dawson’s relationship with one of the school children, Geoffrey who he sees himself in. This draws out a different side to his character and helps Geoffrey in ways he could never have expected, in Dawson, Geoffrey sees that who he is now (and how he is seen) is not necessary who he will be in the future.
In an interesting twist, as the school is more worried about its reputation, the pupils are full of their own entitlement and the societies are super secretive, Kim is finding it extremely difficult to make any progress with this case and motives. Therefore, against all logic, she visits Dr Alex Thorne to understand the psyche of a child that kills. I was thrilled that Alex was back, because as hideous she is as a person, she is a fantastic character!
Dying Truth is a brilliant, punchy read that grabs its reader right from the Prologue and doesn’t give up until the Epilogue. The character development in this book is fabulous, the elitist nature that the school is breeding in its pupils is chilling.
This book really does have everything and there were tears…that’s all I’m saying.
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.
Her last three books – Blood Lines, Dead Souls and Broken Bones – reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.