ARC Review: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

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Release Date: April 19, 2016


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.

review3/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Random House Children’s Delacorte Press.

I wanted to love this story, but for the majority of the book, I was bored. Nothing really happened until the end of the book. The story was about a lie that might have put an innocent man in prison and caused two best friends to be torn apart. 

The main characters, Tessa and Callie aren’t particularly likable. Tessa has absolutely zero value for herself, which, given her upbringing is easy to understand, but after a while, it really grates on you. She’s a downer, but she’s clever. She researches and takes courageous leaps towards finding answers to the questions that plague her, not only about the past-the serial killer-but her family as well. At the same time, it takes Tessa and those helping her forever to figure anything out. They’re stringing things together so slowly that it’s pretty frustrating. Callie is a spoiled, somewhat whiny, angsty teen. She’s rude, likes to party, and has a terrible attitude. Her cold shoulder to Tessa, her former best friend, is not really explained, there’s a slight suggestion that left me feeling unsatisfied. 

Secondary characters like Decker and Ryan, even Nick, were intriguing and had strong personalities that I wish were explored more. It might have added something to the story.

Tessa’s quest to discover the truth about her family, to find out if they truly loved her, and to sift through the lies made me feel for her. Even if I wasn’t her biggest fan, the hurt and heartache she suffered through was definitely moving. 

I got half of the twist right early on, but that second part is crazy. Never ever saw that coming and it is SO messed up. Elaborate, twisted, dark, and brilliantly executed by the villain. 

The pacing is mind-numbingly slow. It’s hard to stay engaged. Even with the prosepect of uncovering the mystery and whether or not the lie will change anything. 

That ending. Wide open for a second. 

If you like any of the following, you’ll enjoy this:

Mysterious reading, 



2 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

  1. Rachel Bishop says:

    My oldest loves a good twisty read, this one she will likely love! She is reading a fantasy at the moment, Snowflake River by Ben Eliahu. She really likes this one.


    • Oh if she’s looking for a twist and something that reads like fantasy, but is actually contemporary, tell her to try Wink Poppy Midnight. Some elements are mature but not graphic. It’s an amazing book. Or A Court of Thorns and Roses, The Darkest Part of the Forest, etc.


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