The #Bookvent Calendar 2018: Day 24 – Part 3

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2018 

Part three of my day twenty-four #bookvent sees me celebrating another book which was absolutely brilliant and which very nearly broke me. I still think about the ending now, and I’m not sure I’ve entirely forgiven the author yet for what they did and what they put us readers through. It was so horrific we had a reader support group to help each other process what we’d read (and so that we could talk about it in a safe zone with no spoilers …). This is part of a long running series, set quite locally to me, one which is so popular worldwide you can pretty much guarantee a number one on pre-order, and again on release day, within hours of the book being available. With a tough female Detective at the helm, a loyal dog, and a superb team at her side, it cannot fail. My third day twenty-four #bookvent choice is …

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Dying Truth

by Angela Marsons

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.

The utterly addictive new crime thriller from the Number One bestselling author – you will be gripped until the final shocking twist.

Nope … I’ve decided – you’re not forgiven Angela Marsons!!! How could you? And then to follow this book up with Fatal Promise? Just when we thought we were finding a way to cope you go and do that! Wrong. Very wrong … But oh so right! Any book which can have readers so absolutely devastated and yet still one hundred percent invested in what happens has to be a winner, right? Examining a very difficult subject, Dying Truth blends brilliant story telling, fast pacing, some poignant and emotional moments with a true act of heroism which, for me, elevates this above the other books in the series. Don’t get me wrong – I really enjoyed the books with Alex Thorne in – she is still one of the coolest and most devious antagonists and a perfect foe for Kim Stone to battle. But this book … Just so many elements which made my heart break. It kept me hooked from the moment I started reading it and I was finished within hours. Full of foreboding, utter darkness, deep held secrets and a tense and gripping storyline, I couldn’t put it down, even if I’d wanted to (which I didn’t). The pacing is spot on, from the adrenalin spiking opening, to all the sense of jeopardy that features within. And I loved that we got to learn more about the central team in this book, saw the more human and emotional side of them all. And Kev … He was, quite frankly, a bit of a tartish knob when the series first started, but he’s really stepped up to the plate these past few books, no more so than in Dying Truth. I’ve a real soft spot for Kev. And for Kim Stone. Tough, dedicated, focused and stripped raw by the end of the book, very much like the reader. After being crushed by the ending, the only good news is that there were another 8 (now 7) books to go in the series so thats a good few years of cracking stories still to go. Woohoo.

But I’m still not talking to Ms Marsons. ;p

If you’d like to read my full review of Dying Truth you can find it here. The book is available to purchase from the following retailers:

Amazon UK ~ Amazon US ~ KoboiBooksGoogle Play

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Happy #bookvent reading all

JL