My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Published: April 19th, 2016
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. – synopsis from Goodreads
“There are worse things in this world than monsters, and somehow, they always manage to find me.”
While YA thrillers tend to be lacking for whatever reason, I think Kara Thomas did a really solid job at writing an fairly unpredictable and fun page-turner.
I’ve talked about this before, YA really isn’t up to par in the horror/thriller genre at all. I would go as far as to say, it’s the most lacking of any category with this genre. I’m not really sure if it’s because YA readers don’t tend to read scarier books or just that YA is there yet and hopefully will catch up with the genre eventually. I still end up reading quite a few, even if they can get pretty silly.
I was impressed with Thomas’s writing – I thought it was relatable and very easily accessible. I like my thrillers to actually move at a decent pace – I hate when they drag for 200 out of the 300 pages and you barely get any tension at all. I think The Darkest Corners balanced it pretty well. There were some times I could’ve used more tension but for the YA category, I was pleased.
I really liked the relationship between Tessa and Callie. It felt like a fairly real relationship, in that they hated each other one minute and loved each other the next. They had been through a very traumatic experience together and it broke up their friendship at the time so it made sense to me that they would be wary to belong best friends instantly again. These characters aren’t completely likable. They will frustrate you and make you want to pull out your hair sometimes but I kind of like that.
I guess a lot of endings but I only guessed this one about 50%. Even though part of it was predictable, Thomas has such an accessible writing style that it will make you want to keep going. I think that is why I was never bored – her writing is great for thrillers. I wish the bigger twist wasn’t so far-fetched though. I didn’t hate it but it made me roll my eyes some because it was so over-the-top and left field and I didn’t think it was necessary at all. I think writers sometimes get our their trope books and feel like they have to cover their bases and add TOO many sub plots in a book. This book did suffer from that somewhat.
I would certainly recommend the book if you want a light thriller that you could easily read in an evening. Good times.