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.
Rating: 4.25 stars
“One detail can change an entire story.”
I liked this so much more than I thought I would. Kara Thomas is one of those authors for me that I hadn’t quite decided how I felt about. Her newest book wasn’t really for me, but I loved Little Monsters. I think after this one I’m just gonna go ahead and say that I love Kara Thomas. There. Now you know.
In a rusty, dirty old town, Tessa had returned to her childhood friend and fellow testifier in a high profile case against The Monster. Tessa and Callie are pretty estranged at first, but the story quickly shifts to them standing on common ground: they helped put a man onto death row ten years ago, and now the killings have started up again. If they were lying about what really happened that night, are they partly responsible for the newly spilled blood?
There are really two story-lines throughout this book, though they are sometimes so intertwined that it may be difficult to figure out where one begins and the other ends. By the end of this novel, you’ll have all of the answers to your questions, and then some. Readers take everything in from Tessa’s point of view, who has been in Florida for the past ten years since her mother checked out one night at a gas station, and her sister skipped town after the death of her friend Lori at the supposed hands of The Monster.
Tessa was an easy to like character, as was Callie. I think that both girls had annoying tendencies or traits that I wouldn’t normally find in YA characters that I like, but their lives have taken a different route than most normal teenagers. We’ll let them be a little melodramatic considering what they’ve gone through (yes, I know I’m talking about fictional characters… so what). The sideline characters were really just that, but they were written well. I think a part of me wanted to route for Decker and Tessa, but a bigger part of me knew that this novel would never end with Tessa and Callie staying in Fayette.
The mysteries in this were hard ones to crack, and I’ve really got to hand it to Thomas… I never saw any of it coming. The story itself is very character-driven, which makes the focus on the crime solving sometimes seem to be going by a little slow. Don’t be fooled though; Thomas knows exactly what she is doing. Out of no where, she will rip the rug out from under your feet and you’ll have no idea how you got where you are but you will be so appreciative of the cunning mind that created a story like this.
If you like murder mysteries, crime-solvers, thrillers, or even just YA contemporaries… I’d recommend not only this, but just Kara Thomas in general. It is rare that she disappoints.