Kara Thomas: The Darkest Corners



Actly what happened the night Callie s cousin was killedI loved the dynamic of Tessa and Callie s friendship It is one of those complex relationships that feels authentic with what all they had gone through It s certainly up there in terms of well portrayed female friendships in my book The whole mystery kept my interest and is right up my alley though I still found there to be a lot of unnecessary details thrown in I can appreciate a good red herringbut come on And my biggest issue was that I was expecting of a thriller with this big mind blowing moment Maybe I ve read too many psychological thrillers or the Gillian Flynn comparison gave me even higher expectations The big twist ust didn t do it for meWhen I really thought about itI realized if this had been an adult book and not YA there s no way I would have given it the rating I was planning to give I guess there are The Middle Ages (The Story of the World just so few great young adult psychological thrillers out there It s unfortunate This one is dark and is certainly a great attempt Iust wanted so much I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review from the publisher Such a crazy mystery and thriller It surprised and engrossed me I Booties And The Beast just wish some of the loose ends and plot lines were tied up better A truth that s told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent William BlakeKara Thomas an American author pens a dark psychological thriller in her new book The Darkest Corners that unfolds the story of two teenagers who drift apart after the night when one of the teenager s cousin was found murdered one summer night Now years later both of their past comes knocking at their doors and willing or unwillingly they must face the past and the lies before they begin their college lifeSynopsis The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell and the deadly truths those lies becomeThere 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 themCallie 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 goodTessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night After the trial Callie drifted and Tessa moved and childhood friendsust have a way of losing touchBut ever since she left Tessa has had uestions Things have never uite 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 truthOnly 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 Tessa has moved out of her small town Fayette nine years back due to a murder of her best friend Callie s cousin Lori and also the incident put a permanent end to her friendship with Callie as Tessa testimonies against Wyatt thus helping the cops to put him behind the bars And as for Callie she drowned herself in alcohol and loud parties to keep herself away from the brutal memories of the night of her cousin s murder But now both things and perspective have changed of Tessa and she must face all those unanswered uestions that making her curious and restless even if it means to go back to Fayette and reunite with her childhood best friend Callie and to face the skeletons from her closet But can she find closure that she is looking for and put it all behind her for once and allI m an absolute sucker for dark psycho thrillers especially the ones which comes haunting back long after its end unfortunately sadly this book is not that kind of a psycho thriller Instead this book challenges the readers s thoughts to think about the two central characters and the dynamics of their constantly shifting friendship Even though this book had its own advantages and perks it still kept me rooted till the end although at times I was losing my focus as well as interest from the bookThe author s writing style is fantastic and really emphatic as she has laced it with deep and evocative emotions The narrative is poignant and thought provoking although it lacks from smooth movement The pacing is I repeat very slow so grab the book only if you want to keep up with such a slower pace but mind it the climax ustifies the slower pace and makes up for all those times that you invested into this book The author builds up the suspense cleverly but mid way through the book she shifts her focus from building up the tension to building up the friendship between the two girls and then throwing sticks and rocks on their way The author strikingly portrays the teenage friendships and relationships by vividly capturing a young adult s mind who is either belonging from a family of lower class or trying hard to make a living in a positive way The author focuses on the issues created by the influence of media and how they provoke the minds of the common viewers to think otherwise The characters are the best aspect of this book that makes it stand out in the crowd The characters are yes very very flawed and will have that psychological grip on the minds of the readers till the very end and will also make them curious and uestion every little event from the story line Tessa coming from a working class background absolutely makes her someone who knows where and how to keep her feet on the ground as she knows about daily struggle Tessa in not only brave but also clever and honest about her moves even she might be lying uite a few times in the book Tessa s ourney is provocative and even the readers alone need to figure out the way to the end through the tangle and web of lies The rest of the supporting characters are eually realistic and interesting as the author smartly carves them out with flawsIn a nutshell this is a captivating young adult thriller that will definitely hook the readers right from the beginning and will not let them go till the very endVerdict Yes it is highly recommended for all YA as well as for crime thriller fans Courtesy Thanks to the author s publishers for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book This was my 3rd book by Kara Thomas and it did not disappoint I thought it was really great Good story good characters good mystery Looking forward to reading what she writes next. Ave a way of losing touchBut ever since she left Tessa has had uestions Things have never uite 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 truthOnly 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.

Find all of my reviews at m pretty sure this ended up on my Kindle when I went looking for a library book that wasn t available so this was offered as a suggestion instead but I m not positive because well Before I begin I need to apologize to this book for being the next thing I picked up after suffering from a severe bookhangover from Boy s Life I m not sure anything I read would have been able to get me out of the fog that one left me in but I am fairly certain this still would have Navigating Japan's Business Culture: A Practical Guide to Succeeding in the Japanese Market just been meh for me The story here is about Tessa and her former bestie Callie who had a hand in putting a man behind bars for a series of murders of young women back when they wereust kids Fastforward to the present where Tessa has returned to small town Pennsylvania in an attempt to see her inmate father before he dies While there another friend goes missing making Tessa and Callie uestion whether the man they identified as a serial killer so many years ago was actually innocent Sounds pretty decent right Unfortunately things went south for me real uick when Tessa began uestioning whether or not her estranged sister could have actually been the killer It was pretty clear that was going to end up being a bait and switch sort of plotline that would morph into something else and since this was a thriller that something else would come nearly at the end of the whole book which it did but for 200 some pages all of the obvious f ery had me saying 25 Stars for readability but rounded down because in a week or two I will remember absolutely nothing about this book The answer to this mystery is actually really interesting But I m not sure enough evidence was planted beforehand to make it feel entirely satisfying and for my taste there was too much time spent on superfluous details and there are too many uninteresting red herrings in the first 34ths of the book I would love to have read this story if certain characters has been developed view spoilerespecially since women culprits are so much less common hide spoiler Two things that are my absolute favorite1 Murder mysteries in which I am wrong about absolutely everything2 Books that make me say THIS IS SO GOOD out loud while I m readingAnd yes this was both I love love loved this book It s full of red herrings and secondary characters and tertiary ones and yet it s written so masterfully that you can simultaneously keep everything straight while also totally reading the wrong things into everything and that is Pilgrim Snail just fabulous I d venture to say this is my new favorite YA murder mystery which isn t a huge stretch since Prep School Confidential was vying for that spot anyway One detail can change an entire story A necklace A phone call The smallest things could mean the difference between a man s life and death 3 12 stars The Darkest Corners is a slow mature character driven mystery about lies and truths the media involvement in crimes and confronting one s past It doesn t have the usual fast paced pulpy style we might expect from YA but slow start aside I was glad for itAnd it does start slow I feel like I should issue a warning about that I found that it gradually became thrilling as little pieces of information were revealed but Thomas spends some time setting the scene and establishing relationship dynamics first As it turns out this is not a negative The complex characters and relationships lend depth to the later story as it unfolds making this a book about far thanust whodunnitTessa has been trying not to think about her past ever since she helped put a serial killer in prison as a child It USA folks here is a GIVEAWAY of a copy of this bookReview posted on The Eater of Books blogThe Darkest Corners by Kara ThomasPublisher Delacorte PressPublication Date April 19 2016Rating 4 starsSource eARC from NetGalleySummary from GoodreadsThe 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 An Unsafe Haven just have a way of losing touch But ever since she left Tessa has had uestions Things have never uite 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 awayWhat I LikedMy goodness this book was chilling I was thoroughly engrossed but also extremely terrified from start to finish I admit I don t read a ton of YA psychological thrillers or mystery so this was a huge change of pace for me And uite good tooTen years ago Tessa and Callie testified that they saw the face of the person who killed Callie s cousin Lori one night at Callie s house Tessa left Fayette after the trial and moved to Florida with her grandmother Callie and her parents remained in Fayette but Callie has been stuck Ten years later Callie relies on alcohol and substances and boys to help her forget Ten years later Tessa s father is dying of cancer in Fayette s prison and Tessa leaves Florida to stay with Callie and her parents Ten years later there is a new murder like the ones ten years ago but the man who Callie and Tessa helped put behind bars is still behind bars Nothing is adding up neither past nor present Tessa and Callie may not have talked to each other since the trial but they both know something with this recent murder is very wrongI can t say I m an expert on psychological thrillers or mysteries but I think this psychological thriller was EXCELLENT Probably the best I ve read I m drawing a blank trying to think of others I ve read but I m pretty sure none have come close to how great I think this book was Thomas wrote a completely twisted andaw dropping story Usually I m one of those readers that figures out the whodunit and the twists fairly early on but I didn t catch on until the protago. The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell and the deadly truths those lies becomeThere 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 themCallie ne.

Nists Tessa and Callie caught onI am in awe of how intricate and twisted the whole story is There are several events that Tessa uestions several situationscases that don t make sense to her that have never made sense to her andor about which she s trying to find out For one the latest murder of Ari someone who Tessa new when she was little and living in Fayette Also where Tessa s sister is her sister visited their father when he was dying but Tessa hasn t seen her in ten years Further where Tessa s mother is Tessa hasn t seen her in years and neither has anyone else And finally who the real Ohio River Monster really is is it really Stokes the man that Tessa and Callie helped put behind barsBelieve it or not all of these situations are somewhat connected twisted yeah I won t say anything else about the plot and the murders and whatnot but Loving Lies (Summer Lovin, just know that the author does a really goodob of weaving this story Nothing is obvious nothing is predictableThere is a lot of emotional growth in this book in terms of both Tessa and Callie This book is written from Tessa s first person point of view Tessa has a strong distinct voice very blunt and almost crude and somewhat pessimistic Tessa learns to open up and lean on others throughout this story Callie is different She hasn t been handling the trial well over the past ten years and she pretty much abandoned Tessa when Tessa had to live with her grandmother in Florida Callie is in my opinion a mess but she grows a lot throughout the storyThere is no romance in this book which is both good and bad Good because not every story needs romance and I didn t think this one needed it Bad because a little romance never hurts no love triangles though and there was a boy that I thought would play of a role on Tessa s part But that s okay He s a sweetie but he s definitely a periphery characterLike I said I don t want to go into details and I definitely don t want to spoil anything so I ll wrap up here I m so impressed with this story and the way it was written and constructed I was chilled and freaked out and worried and desperate while reading this book I couldn t read fast enough Don t read this one at night peopleWhat I Did Not LikeThis isn t getting five stars from me it s not a new favorite as much as I loved this book I don t think I could see myself reading it again I m a scaredy cat But it was really good and I think others will enjoy I mentioned the lack of romance being both good and bad see my explanation for that above That s the only thing I think I would complain about specificallyWould I Recommend ItIf you re a psychological thriller fan definitely do not miss this book Or maybe you like crime shows or mysteries definitely do not miss this book And if this is something out of your comfort zone like in my case hey you might be surprisedRating45 stars rounded down to 4 stars I m glad I decided to give this book a shot I liked Kara Taylor s books so I knew I would give Kara Thomas s books a chance same author different pseudonyms I highly recommend this chilling book They want to believe I did it I think they re afraid of the Monster turning out to be someone who looks Caught in His Gilded World just like one of them Wyatt StokesTen years ago a killer known as the Ohio River Monster terrorised the town of Fayette targeting young women Wyatt Stokes was convicted of the murders largely due to eyewitness testimony from eight year olds Tessa Lowell and Callie Greenwood who identified Stokes outside the house the night the last victim their babysitter Lori Cawley was takenNow Tessa who moved away when she was nine is back in Fayette haunted and unsure if it was really Stokes she saw that night The she uncovers about Lori s past the less convinced she becomes And then another young woman is reported missing Tense and unsettling the suspense builds slowly leaving me constantly on alert all the while aware that danger lurks close by and that characters I ve grown attached to are going to take risks to get to the truthJust like in her later books Kara Thomas painted a realistic detailed picture of small town life In this case Fayette was a struggling pitiful poverty stricken town on the verge of collapse The authors descriptions of the trailer park the public library and Bear Creek filled me with eual parts distaste and empathyI uickly warmed to our protagonist Tessa she had a lot of emotional depth and her fears and doubts were appropriate to the situation and the hurdles she faced I must mention that even though he only had a small role Decker was highly entertaining creating comic relief in an otherwise perilous situation I was overall happy with the resolution to the mysterys the last chapter especially sent shivers down my spine However the conclusion felt somewhat rushed after such a slow build up and friendships and relationships were wrapped up all too briefly and in some cases not at all As per usual the writing thoughts and dialogue were exceptional While not uite as good as The Cheerleaders and Little Monsters The Darkest Corners is still well worth a read and a first novel to be proud of 35 starsI m going back and forth on my rating with this one It was a very engaging read but somehow I still found myself let down I enjoyed what I read and flew through it thinking there would be this big payoff but the endingust didn t work for me This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year With expectations so high I guess it was bound to happen Oh wellTen years ago four girls were found dead along the Ohio River by the interstate all killed the same way There was a serial killer within their town dubbed the Ohio River Monster Tessa and Callie both 7 years old were the witnesses from the night Callie s cousin was murdered that sealed the fate of Wyatt Stokes sending him to death row They never talked about what they saw with each other Now it is ten years later and Tessa is returning to Fayette Pennsylvania for the first time since she was 9 to say goodbye to her dying dad It is a town full of haunting memories that Tessa is not too happy to be returning to Sometimes it s best to forget Callie however still stuck in Fayette drowns herself in alcohol and finds escape from the memories through partying Callie hasn t talked to Tessa since she left town so it s a drag for her mom to have agreed to let Tessa stay at their house It doesn t take long for a fifth body to appear for the first time since ten years ago bringing to uestion whether the Ohio River Monster is still out there Tessa decides she needs to know ex. Ver 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 goodTessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night After the trial Callie drifted and Tessa moved and childhood friends ust

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Kara is the author of THE DARKEST CORNERS LITTLE MONSTERS and THE CHEERLEADERSShe is also the author of the Prep School Confidential series from St Martin's Griffin under the pen name Kara TaylorKara has written for Warner Brothers Television and currently writes full time on Long Island where she lives with her husband and rescue cat