Review: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

25639296The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

Published April 19, 2016, by Delacorte Press.

YA > Mystery, Thriller


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.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC for review!

Wow. This book is crazy good! I don’t know where to begin about just how enthralling and intricate this story is. I was pulled into a tangled web of mystery and thrill, and not let out until the very last pages.

I want to start by stating that this book is not a fast-paced story. It’s detailed, built up slowly as the book progresses. I urge you to take the time to really get into the book because once you do, you’ll have to keep reading. Don’t let the pacing keep you away!

There are many stories happening at once, but Kara Thomas does a wonderful job at keeping everything clear, until it’s not supposed to be. I loved how Tessa is a bit of an unreliable narrator, and all the characters are not completely who they appear to be. There’s layers to everyone in the story, even those you wouldn’t expect.

Romance is not a part of the story at all, for which I’m grateful. Relationships between family and friends took center-stage. Anything else would have seemed forced and unrealistic, considering the heavy plot.

The way Kara Thomas weaves seemingly unrelated events together is amazing. I’ve always considered myself a pretty good sleuth, but I can honestly say that I was completely shocked by the ending. At first it seemed like it came out of nowhere, but when I took a step back and thought about the little details of the story, it all made sense.

Fans of mysteries and thrillers: please, please read this book! I challenge you to try and figure everything out before the end! You won’t be disappointed, and hopefully you’ll be just as shocked as I was with the ending. If you’re looking for a new favorite mystery, The Darkest Corners should be it! Kara Thomas is now on my radar, and I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for more from her.


10 thoughts on “Review: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

  1. Great review! I’ve had this one of my TBR for ages and you definitely made me want to read it ASAP now! It sounds like such a good read…

  2. Glad you liked it!! It definitely made me excited to read more by Kara Thomas and now I’m super pumped for Little Monsters. The ending of Darkest Corners was definitely twisty– I think it maybe went one step too far for me into the “ummm…. WHAT?” category, but at least it wasn’t afraid to go there! Great review!

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