Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Author: Kara Thomas
Publisher: Delacourte
Date of publication: July 2017

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

I loved Darkest Corners, so I was excited to read Little Monsters.  While I didn't love it as much, it was still a fairly good mystery.  The story is told through Kacey's point of view.  She has recently come to live with her father and his family.  They are essentially strangers.  Trying to fit in, she makes friends with Bailey and Jade.  All seems to be going well until Bailey leaves a party and is never seen alive again.   As I said, I thought this was a fairly good mystery.  The ending was a bit surprising.  One thing that helped make the book more intriguing was the little snippets from Bailey's diary.  It helped me get a better insight into the missing girl.   

The story, while fairly short, did drag in places. I also thought the main characters made some incredibly stupid mistakes.  Why do people insist on speaking to the police repeatedly without a lawyer?  Has no one watched a cop show?  Also, why don't people tell the truth up front?  There were a few truths that were held back from the police dragging out the investigation.  That just got a little frustrating as it made the book drag out longer than it needed to be.  That said, I would recommend this one.  It's a fairly mild YA murder mystery.  I look forward to Ms. Thomas's next book.

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