Title: The Darkest Corners
Author: Kara Thomas
Published: April 19th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Source: NetGalley eARC
Book Blurb (Goodreads):
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.
I first read a sample of this book way back in 2016 in one of the Buzz Books samplers from that time. It really gripped me at that time and I even rated the sample a five out of five stars. I’m a sucker for a good mystery thriller and this was right off the heels of Making a Murderer and sounded similar.
Falling straight into this story, it felt familiar when I re-read the section that I had already read. I was immediately thrown back into Tessa’s discomfort at being back in the town where she practically witnessed a friend’s cousin being kidnapped – she later turned up murdered and Tessa and her friend’s testimony put the supposed killer behind bars. Ten years later, Tessa not so sure about what she saw anymore and some details are still fresh in her mind that she kept hidden. The more she digs, the more she learns things that makes her question everything she thinks she knows.
This was so cleverly written that I couldn’t help but follow along enraptured. There were several leads that the girls follow to try and uncover the truth of what actually happened all those years ago. Not only was there the secrets that the girls themselves have kept hidden about what actually happened. There’s also Tessa’s family secrets. Her half-sister has been missing for ten years and she hasn’t seen her mother in just as long. Her family are practically strangers to her at this point but all of the facts that Tessa uncovers lead her in a worrying way back to them at times.
While I really enjoyed reading this story, I felt that it did feel a little slow at times, dragging in places where I would’ve really liked it to have been pacier. The ending really ramps things up in a way that had me glued to the pages until I found out exactly what had gone on.
I wasn’t a fan of the ending, I have to say. It was too much of an open-ended cliffhanger. It had me thinking there would be a second book, but – without having looked into it – it doesn’t seem likely. It’s the only thing that really let the book down for me though because the rest of it had me completely gripped. Well worth reading for any mystery/thriller fans.
About the Author
Kara is the author of THE DARKEST CORNERS, coming April 2016 from Random House/Delacorte. She is also the author of the Prep School Confidential series from St. Martin’s Griffin under the pen name Kara Taylor. Kara has written for Warner Brothers Television and currently writes full-time on Long Island, where she lives with her husband and rescue cat.
*Picture and Biography from Goodreads