Monday, August 15, 2016

Joint Review: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

Author:Kara Thomas
Publisher: Delacourte
Date of publication: April 2016

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 will admit that I almost made this one a DNF.  But I'm really glad I stuck it out.  It starts off a bit slow, but the wait is really worth it.    Tessa has returned to her old home town after tens years.  She hasn't been back since her mother abandoned her and she went to live with her grandmother.  She and her best friend Callie helped put away the man who police say killed Callie's cousin ten years earlier.  But Tessa has always wondered if they really saw what they testified having seen that night. When a local girl is murdered, it raises even more questions for Tessa.

The Darkest Corners has two mysteries really...Who killed local girl Ariel and was Callie's cousin Lori really killed by a serial killer?  Tessa and Callie end up setting aside their differences to figure out the truth.  I'm not going to say much more about the book. Just know that the plot was well planned out with reveals coming just at the right time.  It really kept me guessing. There are a lot of twists and the ending has a BIG surprise.   I definitely recommend checking this one out. 

Like Kari, I didn't know if I was going to like this book when I first started.  However, I got sucked in to story and it was a good one.  If you've read it and want more, check out the TV show Slasher on Netflix.  They have weird similarities.  I say give both a try!  Especially, if you like a good creepy/scary story.

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