Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Book Review: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

The Darkest Corners
By Kara Thomas
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte
Buy It: Amazon / BookDepository
Source: NetGalley



For fans of Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places and Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars, The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.
There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.
Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.
Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.
But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.
Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.
 
There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away. 



My Review:

  This was a great book! The writing and storytelling were superb and compelling. No exaggeration. It would only be constituted as YA I feel because it was centered around 18-year-old Tessa and her friend, Callie. The way they speak and think is current to how teenagers are. However, the subject matter and writing would make someone think this is adult fiction. This is a book for mature readers, nothing is written explicitly, but the content is pretty gritty. 
  Some other reviewers say this book started off slow. The second half of the book was quicker than the first and it got pretty intense. I enjoyed the pacing of the novel. I loved how everything worked out and was revealed. Little clues were put in here and there, but it's not until the end you put everything together. 

  Tessa is a character many girls will be able to identify with, aside from the family drama. I was able to picture my own hometown when Tessa described Fayette and the types of people there. Kara Thomas was able to write characters incredibly well, some inspired by headlines, which helped create an authentic novel. You will be constantly theorizing throughout the novel of what happened 10 years ago in Fayette, Pennsylvania. However, you won't know what direction the author will take next. 
  I loved this dark thriller and I highly recommend it.



Why You Should Read It:

  • Phenomenal Writing
  • Great Character Development
  • Gripping Plot
  • Small Town America Many Can Relate To (makes the story more compelling)
  • It's Amazing. 





About the Author:
Kara is the author of THE DARKEST CORNERS, coming from Penguin Random House/Delacorte Press in Spring 2016. She also wrote the Prep School Confidential series (St. Martin’s Press) and the pilot The Revengers for the CW under the pen name Kara Taylor. She’s represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary & Media. You can find her on Twitter (@karatwrites)Instagram, or on the couch with her rescue cat, Felix.




Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte for sending me the eARC!

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