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35 starsI m oing back and forth on my rating with this one It was a very engaging read but somehow I still found myself let down I enjoyed what I read and flew through it thinking there would be this big payoff but the ending just didn t work for me This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year With expectations so high I jlo Journal guess it was bound to happen Oh wellTen years ago fourirls were found dead along the Ohio River by the interstate all killed the same way There was a serial killer within their town dubbed the Ohio River Monster Tessa and Callie both 7 years old were the witnesses from the night Callie s cousin was murdered that sealed the fate of Wyatt Stokes sending him to death row They never talked about what they saw with each other Now it is ten years later and Tessa is returning to Fayette Pennsylvania for the first time since she was 9 to say One Night...Twin consequences (The Monticello Baby Miracles goodbye to her dying dad It is a town full of haunting memories that Tessa is not too happy to be returning to Sometimes it s best to forget Callie however still stuck in Fayette drowns herself in alcohol and finds escape from the memories through partying Callie hasn t talked to Tessa since she left town so it s a drag for her mom to have agreed to let Tessa stay at their house It doesn t take long for a fifth body to appear for the first time since ten years ago bringing to uestion whether the Ohio River Monster is still out there Tessa decides she needs to know exactly what happened the night Callie s cousin was killedI loved the dynamic of Tessa and Callie s friendship It is one of those complex relationships that feels authentic with what all they hadone through It s certainly up there in terms of well portrayed female friendships in my book The whole mystery kept my interest and is right up my alley though I still found there to be a lot of unnecessary details thrown in I can appreciate a One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic good red herringbut come on And my biggest issue was that I was expecting of a thriller with this big mind blowing moment Maybe I ve read too many psychological thrillers or the Gillian Flynn comparisonave me even higher expectations The big twist just didn t do it for meWhen I really thought about itI realized if this had been an adult book and not YA there s no way I would have The Routledge Handbook of Spanish in the Global City given it the rating I was planning toive I The Holy Grail guess there are just so fewreat young adult psychological thrillers out there It s unfortunate This one is dark and is certainly a British Jihadism great attempt I just wanted so much I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review from the publisher Find all of my reviews at m pretty sure this ended up on my Kindle when I went looking for a library book that wasn t available so this was offered as a suggestion instead but I m not positive because well Before I begin I need to apologize to this book for being the next thing I picked up after suffering from a severe bookhangover from Boy s Life I m not sure anything I read would have been able toet me out of the fog that one left me in but I am fairly certain this still would have just been meh for me The story here is about Tessa and her former bestie Callie who had a hand in putting a man behind bars for a series of murders of young women back when they were just kids Fastforward to the present where Tessa has returned to small town Pennsylvania in an attempt to see her inmate father before he dies While there another friend Virgin Widow goes missing making Tessa and Callie uestion whether the man they identified as a serial killer so many years ago was actually innocent Sounds pretty decent right Unfortunately things went south for me real uick when Tessa began uestioning whether or not her estranged sister could have actually been the killer It was pretty clear that wasoing to end up being a bait and switch sort of plotline that would morph into something else and since this was a thriller that something else would come nearly at the end "Of The Whole Book "the whole book it did but for #200 some pages all of the obvious f ery had me saying 25 Stars for readability but rounded #some pages all of the obvious f ery had me saying 25 Stars for readability but rounded because in a week or two I will remember absolutely nothing about this book USA folks here is a GIVEAWAY of a copy of this bookReview posted on The Eater of Books blogThe Darkest Corners by Kara ThomasPublisher Delacorte PressPublication Date April 19 2016Rating 4 starsSource eARC from NetGalleySummary from GoodreadsThe Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little Wife in Exchange girls tell and the deadly truths those lies become There arehosts 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 The Eternal Ice (Magic: The Gathering: Ice Age Cycle, 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 uestions Things have never uite added up And now she has too back to Fayette to Wyatt Stokes sitting on death row to Lori Cawley Callie s dead cousin and to the one The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little Night And Day girls tell and the deadly truths those lies becomeThere arehosts 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 themCallie ne. .
Kara Thomas ✓ 8 downloadS just fabulous I d venture to say this is my new favorite YA murder mystery which isn t a huge stretch since Prep School Confidential was vying for that spot anyway One detail can change an entire story A necklace A phone call The smallest things could mean the difference between a man s life and death 3 12 stars The Darkest Corners is a slow mature character driven mystery about lies and truths the media involvement in crimes and confronting one s past It doesn t have the usual fast paced pulpy style we might expect from YA but slow start aside I was Tennessee Takedown / Ravens Hollow glad for itAnd it does start slow I feel like I should issue a warning about that I found that itradually became thrilling as little pieces of information were revealed but Thomas spends some time setting the scene and establishing relationship dynamics first As it turns out this is not a negative The complex characters and relationships lend depth to the later story as it unfolds making this a book about far than just whodunnitTessa has been trying not to think about her past ever since she helped put a serial killer in prison as a child It s a dark area of her memory that she s afraid to revisit and confront afraid of what she might find and how much truth was really in her childhood testimony Now she is forced to The Cowboy Takes a Bride (The Bridal Bid go back to the place where it all happened Fayette Pennsylvania and things start to resurface Things involving Wyatt Stokes Callie her family and herselfIt s a tale full of red herrings twists and suspense The kind where it s impossible to know who to trust even those the narrator loves most Yes I am a liar but there are a couple of things I feel the need to say about that One I come from a family of liars There is absolutely no romance but plenty ofirl friendship the relationship between Tessa and Callie is a fantastic portrayal of two teen irls who ve been through hell together So many layers explored I also really liked the working class elements Many mysterythrillers stick with upper middle class families and look at the crazy oing on behind the white picket fences and yeah that s fun too But it was refreshing to see a thriller focus on characters from disadvantaged backgrounds their life and family experiences and how this affects their outlook and the options that have been available to them There s a running theme of truth and lies in this book demanding that the reading uestion the nature of them both and making the conclusion even harder to see coming An enjoyable unexpected story for teens and adults alikeBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store Such a crazy mystery and thriller It surprised and engrossed me I just wish some of the loose ends and plot lines were tied up better The answer to this mystery is actually really interesting But I m not sure enough evidence was planted beforehand to make it feel entirely satisfying and for my taste there was too much time "spent on superfluous details and there are too many uninteresting red herrings in the first "on superfluous details and there are too many uninteresting red herrings in the first of the book I would love to have read this story if certain characters has been developed view spoilerespecially since women culprits are so much less common hide spoiler They want to believe I did it I think they re afraid of the Monster turning out to be someone who looks
like one them Wyatt StokesTen years ago a killer known as the Ohio River Monster terrorised the town of Fayette targeting young women Wyatt Stokes was convicted of the murders largely due to eyewitness testimony from eightjust like one
YEAR OLDS TESSA LOWELL AND CALLIEolds Tessa Lowell and Callie who identified Stokes outside the house the night the last victim their babysitter Lori Cawley was takenNow Tessa who moved away when she was nine is back in Fayette haunted and unsure if it was really Stokes she saw that night The she uncovers about Lori s past the less convinced she becomes And then another young woman is reported missing Tense and unsettling the suspense builds slowly leaving me constantly on alert all the while aware that danger lurks close by and that characters I ve Shotgun Wedding (Silhouette Yours Truly, grown attached to areoing to take risks to Life Changing Smiles get to the truthJust like in her later books Kara Thomas painted a realistic detailed picture of small town life In this case Fayette was a struggling pitiful poverty stricken town on the verge of collapse The authors descriptions of the trailer park the public library and Bear Creek filled me with eual parts distaste and empathyI uickly warmed to our protagonist Tessa she had a lot of emotional depth and her fears and doubts were appropriate to the situation and the hurdles she faced I must mention that even though he only had a small role Decker was highly entertaining creating comic relief in an otherwise perilous situation I was overall happy with the resolution to the mysterys the last chapter especially sent shivers down my spine However the conclusion felt somewhat rushed after such a slow build up and friendships and relationships were wrapped up all too briefly and in some cases not at all As per usual the writing thoughts and dialogue were exceptional While not uite asood as The Cheerleaders and Little Monsters The Darkest Corners is still well worth a read and a first novel to be proud of This was my 3rd book by Kara Thomas and it did not disappoint I thought it was really reat Good story ood characters Only a Whisper good mystery Looking forward to reading what she writes next. Ave a way of losing touchBut ever since she left Tessa has had uestions Things have never uite added up And now she has too 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 truthOnly the closer Tessa Copper Lake Secrets gets to the truth the closer sheets to a killer and this time it won’t be so easy to run away. Ther person who may be hiding the truth Only the closer Tessa Brooklyn's Song gets to the truth the closer sheets to a killer and this time it won t be so easy to run awayWhat I LikedMy Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti Devotional Study Guide goodness this book was chilling I was thoroughly engrossed but also extremely terrified from start to finish I admit I don t read a ton of YA psychological thrillers or mystery so this was a huge change of pace for me And uiteood tooTen years ago Tessa and Callie testified that they saw the face of the person who killed Callie s cousin Lori one night at Callie s house Tessa left Fayette after the trial and moved to Florida with her Plain Jane The Hotshot grandmother Callie and her parents remained in Fayette but Callie has been stuck Ten years later Callie relies on alcohol and substances and boys to help her forget Ten years later Tessa s father is dying of cancer in Fayette s prison and Tessa leaves Florida to stay with Callie and her parents Ten years later there is a new murder like the ones ten years ago but the man who Callie and Tessa helped put behind bars is still behind bars Nothing is adding up neither past nor present Tessa and Callie may not have talked to each other since the trial but they both know something with this recent murder is very wrongI can t say I m an expert on psychological thrillers or mysteries but I think this psychological thriller was EXCELLENT Probably the best I ve read I m drawing a blank trying to think of others I ve read but I m pretty sure none have come close to howreat I think this book was Thomas wrote a completely twisted and jaw dropping story Usually I m one of those readers that figures out the whodunit and the twists fairly early on but I didn t catch on until the protagonists Tessa and Callie caught onI am in awe of how intricate and twisted the whole story is There are several events that Tessa uestions several situationscases that don t make sense to her that have never made sense to her andor about which she s trying to find out For one the latest murder of Ari someone who Tessa new when she was little and living in Fayette Also where Tessa s sister is her sister visited their father when he was dying but Tessa hasn t seen her in ten years Further where Tessa s mother is Tessa hasn t seen her in years and neither has anyone else And finally who the real Ohio River Monster really is is it really Stokes the man that Tessa and Callie helped put behind barsBelieve it or not all of these situations are somewhat connected twisted yeah I won t say anything else about the plot and the murders and whatnot but just know that the author does a really Family of Her Dreams good job of weaving this story Nothing is obvious nothing is predictableThere is a lot of emotionalrowth in this book in terms of both Tessa and Callie This book is written from Tessa s first person point of view Tessa has a strong distinct voice very blunt and almost crude and somewhat pessimistic Tessa learns to open up and lean on others throughout this story Callie is different She hasn t been handling trial well over the ten years and she pretty much abandoned Tessa when Tessa had to live with her Blackmailed Into the Italians Bed grandmother in Florida Callie is in my opinion a mess but sherows a lot throughout the storyThere is no romance in this book which is both Girls Night Out good and bad Good because not every story needs romance and I didn t think this one needed it Bad because a little romance never hurts no love triangles though and there was a boy that I thought would play of a role on Tessa s part But that s okay He s a sweetie but he s definitely a periphery characterLike I said I don t want too into details and I definitely don t want to spoil anything so I ll wrap up here I m so impressed with this story and the way it was written and constructed I was chilled and freaked out and worried and desperate while reading this book I couldn t read fast enough Don t read this one at night peopleWhat I Did Not LikeThis isn t Bound To Ransom (Bound Series Book 2) getting five stars from me it s not a new favorite as much as I loved this book I don t think I could see myself reading it again I m a scaredy cat But it was reallyood and I think others will enjoy I mentioned the lack of romance being both Into the Wild (The McGraws, good and bad see my explanation for that above That s the only thing I think I would complain about specificallyWould I Recommend ItIf you re a psychological thriller fan definitely do not miss this book Or maybe you like crime shows or mysteries definitely do not miss this book And if this is something out of your comfort zone like in my case hey you might be surprisedRating45 stars rounded down to 4 stars I mlad I decided to Orbital Velocity (Stony Man, give this book a shot I liked Kara Taylor s books so I knew I wouldive Kara Thomas s books a chance same author different pseudonyms I highly recommend this chilling book A truth that s told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent William BlakeKara Thomas an American author pens a dark psychological thriller in her new book The Da Two things that are my absolute favorite1 Murder mysteries in which I am wrong about absolutely everything2 Books that make me say THIS IS "SO GOOD out loud while I m readingAnd yes this was both "GOOD out loud while I m readingAnd yes this was both love love loved this book It s full of red herrings and secondary characters and tertiary ones and yet it s written so masterfully that you can simultaneously keep everything straight while also totally reading the wrong things into everything and that Ver 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 oodTessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night After the trial Callie drifted and Tessa moved and childhood friends just ,