For me, mysteries are a hit or miss genre (more miss than hit, to be honest). I love a good mystery, especially when the twists and turns keep me guessing. I do not like when there is mystery for mystery sake (lot of allusions to things that everyone sans the reader knows, or random reveals that reveal more unanswered questions). THE DARKEST CORNERS was one of those mysteries that I really enjoyed, though. Kara Thomas does a great job of moving the story along at a nice pace, keeping the reader (me) entertained and guessing.
Admittedly, I guessed a few of the twists in the book, but I didn't really mind because the writing was so good. I found Tessa to be a smart character - she questions things and thinks for herself. She's not perfect and gets into a trouble a bit, but she's one of the more rationale teenagers I've come across in YA fiction. The only downside to Tessa was she could be a tad grating at times and I needed to take a break from Tessa, not the book.
Overall, THE DARKEST CORNERS is a dark, twisty book that will leave readers entertained and guessing.
About THE DARKEST CORNERS:
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.
About KARA THOMAS:
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.