Top positive review
Best one yet. Stunning, shocking and emotional.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 May 2018
So… Here we are again. Kim Stone book eight. Can you believe it? Me neither. It barely seems five minutes since I read Silent Scream and yet it has been three years since the release of the book that launched one of my favourite series of all time. I have been looking forward to the release of Dying Truth for what feels like the longest time and now that it is here and I have read the book I am left feeling both satiated and bereft. I thought the last two books took me on emotional rollercoaster ride but this one… Gah.
I was torn writing this review between waiting, processing and savouring what I had read ,or just capturing my emotions as raw as a fresh read can leave them. And raw they are. This book has given me a complete book hangover. I am not sure I can wait for book nine and I am as equally unsure that I can get over this one. This has to be the Team's most emotional and personal case to date and that is all I will say on this matter. You need to read to find out why. But believe me, it's traumatic.
The plot then? Well Kim and Bryant are called to the scene of a potential suicide, the person involved reported to be atop an old bell tower at a very prestigious school. By the time they arrive it is too late, the young girl seemingly having jumped or fallen. It should be an open and shut case but something about the scene sets Kim’s Spidey senses tingling, much to Bryant’s dismay. And this is where it all begins because, dear reader, by this point we know what really happened.
Now if you’ve read the prologue which has been floating about in cyberspace (and which I have provided the link to above) then you are probably already anticipating something epic, something that will be so tense, so off the charts fabulous that you have to wonder if it can live up to expectation. I can tell you now that it does. From start to finish I was totally immersed in this book, gripped by the story and trying to piece together what was going on. A story of privilege, secrets, abuse, bullying, hazing and murder, this book really has a bit of everything for everyone. Including a good side dose of Barney. We love Barney.
The team is on fire this time around and we get to see them all in their element. There is a side track to the main action as Kim performs their overdue staff appraisals and you get a true measure of the respect she has for her team and they for her. Perhaps driven a little bit by prejudice against the higher classes and their sense of entitlement, there is no denying they also have a real sense of justice, and all are determined to find out what really occurred. None more so it seems than Kev Dawson who finds a kindred spirit amongst the tortured and victimised children at the school, seeing his own school days play out once more and making him more determined to uncover the truth about the secret societies which rule the school. Alongside the team there are a quite a few recognisable characters reappearing in the book to support the investigation, including Kim’s longstanding nemesis, Alex Thorne. A brief but thoroughly enjoyable interaction that I think could pave the way for more cameos in the future perhaps? Great news if, like many, you are a fan of this master manipulator.
As the bodies rack up, the secrets start to be revealed, one by one, and so the tension begins to build. Slowly, surely, definitely, until a dozen or so chapters from the end the sense of foreboding, the shadow cast in the prologue, which looms large and lingers over them all like an ominous threat, becomes so intense that my heart began to race, my muscles tighten and my nails, never in the longest or tidiest of conditions to be fair, saw themselves being chewed to the quick. And oh that ending … I am still so lost, so completely floored by it. So utterly perfect, and a truly fitting way to end, but by god so emotional that I am raw and perhaps a little scarred too. I’ll forgive Ms Marsons one day for putting me through the torment. Not sure when, but it will happen. It there is one Kim Stone book that will reduce you to tears then I truly think this is it.
If you love this series then you will love this book. A work of absolute class which will leave you shocked, frustrated, angry and devastated whilst keeping you totally and utterly thrilled. Possibly one of my favourite (and certainly the most devastating ) books to date. Superb. Totally deserves one of these ...