BOOK REVIEW: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

Title: The Darkest Corners

Author/s: Kara Thomas

Publication Date: April 19th 2016

Publisher: Delacorte

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 336

Purchase at:Amazon


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.


Thank you Penguin Random House for providing a review copy in exchange of an honest review.

Tessa went back to Fayette to visit her imprisoned dad, but it’s not that easy for her because things that aren’t nice happened back then. She’ll have to face her aloof childhood best friend. Something’s bothering her, she feels like they did something wrong in the past. Now she must decide whether to unravel the past, or move on.

The best thing about mysteries and thrillers is you’ll never be certain about who you can trust. You suspect everyone, even the protagonist.

I like how interesting the characters are, their interaction. There’s not much romance, it focused mainly on the mystery, the characers’ relationships, family, friends. Tessa and Callie have on of those conflicted kind of friendship, and the complexity of it made me realize how authentic the story is.

The Darkest Corners is confusing, disturbing, and unnerving. It is not graphic neither gruesome. Not even scary, just plain thrilling. It has dark elements that will make its readers glued to the story. How Kara Thomas played my mind pissed me off. She’s amazing. If you’ll read the book, you’d find yourself thinking that every character might be a subject for suspicion.

I gave the book 4 stars because the ending did not satisfy me. I expected more for an ending. It happened too fast. Things were not wrapped up nicely. Questions are left hanging. Answers need more explanations.

This book is for strong, and capable minds. Ones who can solve the puzzle, find the right piece. One that’s not easily fooled.




Kara is the author of THE DARKEST CORNERS, coming April 2016 from Random House/Delacorte. She is also the author of the Prep School Confidential series from St. Martin’s Griffin under the pen name Kara Taylor. Kara has written for Warner Brothers Television and currently writes full-time on Long Island, where she lives with her husband and rescue cat.

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