Featured Review: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
About this book:
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.
*Review contributed by Beth Edwards, Staff Reviewer*
"By the last page,
there will be no one left to trust...."
Wow...just WOW...I am usually a fantasy or romance type of reader but when I read the synopsis for The Darkest Corners....something just told me that I HAD to read it! and I was not disappointed! I literally could not put this book down. Kara Thomas's writing is mesmerizing and makes the characters so real and I absolutely loved Tessa's character. Tessa is so strong and has been through so much and yet has not given up on finding the truth...She knows that she and Callie missed something all those years ago and she knows there is still answers and secrets to be uncovered so she is not giving up till she gets to the bottom of it.
The Darkest Corners is a young adult murder mystery that is centered around two main characters, Tessa and Callie. Ten years before, it was Tessa and Callie's testimony that put the "River Monster" behind bars for murdering young girls in their hometown. Tessa's older sisters friend, Lori, was the last victim and Tessa and Callie were home the night she disappeared and testified in the case that put the "assumed killer", Wyatt Stokes, behind bars. The Ohio River Monster is described as a serial killer because he chooses young girls who are going through bad times and making bad choices and when he kills them he always leaves their bodies near the river in the same vicinity of each other.
The story begins ten years after the arrest when Tessa receives a call that her father, whom is in prison in her hometown, is dying and wants to see her before he passes away. Tessa is invited to stay with her old best friend, Callie, and when she arrives back in town she begins to have memories of her past and begins to question what she and Callie told the police all those years ago.
"Every now and then another answer to what happened that night sneaks in from the darkest corners of my mind. I usually squash it like a mosquito--there's no point dwelling on questions no one can answer for me.
But now that I'm here, I can't ignore certain things any longer.
There are worse things in this world than monsters, and somehow, they always manage to find me."
The Darkest Corners is an intense murder mystery with so many twists and secrets and I literally found myself staring at the pages in disbelief. I was completely obsessed with this story and figuring out the truth. Stories regarding family secrets are always so fascinating and you never know what is going to happen and who a person really is.....
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery, family secrets, and uncovering the truth. I absolutely loved this book and am really looking forward to Kara Thomas's next book. I LOVED the intensity of Kara's writing and how her characters are so full of emotion, so REAL, and they drew me in and captivated me until the very last page.
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