Publisher: Delacorte

Review: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

Posted April 18, 2016 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments

Review: The Darkest Corners by Kara ThomasThe Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
Published by Delacorte on April 19th 2016
Genres: mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: ebook
Source: Netgalley, Free for Review
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four-stars

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.

When I see Young Adult and Thriller in the same book description, my immediate reaction is, “Eh”. Don’t get me wrong, I love thrillers. However, I’ve found that, for the most part, YA thrillers are watered down versions of the adult kind. I want to be scared. I want to be shocked. For me, the best part of a thriller is the twist ending when the author turns everything that you thought you knew right on its end. It’s rare to find YA thrillers that get the twist right. The most well written thriller in the world is still a little disappointing if the ending is predictable.

Kara Thomas get’s it.

The Darkest Corners is by far the best Young Adult Psychological Thriller I’ve ever read. It has all of the elements that I love about thrillers in a YA setting. Best of all, it doesn’t seem like a watered down version of an adult book. The Darkest Corners encompasses all the best parts of a thriller novel while still remaining true to Young Adult. It proves that thrillers don’t need graphic violence or sex to be unexpected and unsettling. Kara Thomas performed a deft slight of hand. She had me convinced that I knew exactly what this story was about. However, while I was distracted, she completely changed the rules of the game.

Nothing is what it seems in Fayette, Pennsylvania.

four-stars

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