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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 i
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Delacorte
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3.5 stars

I’m going 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 guess it was bound to happen. Oh well…

Ten years ago four girls were found dead along the Ohio River by the interstate all killed the same way. There was a seri
Emily May
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 1/2 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 glad for it.

And it does start slow. I feel like I should issue a warning about that. I found
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I’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 to get me out of the fog that one left me in
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
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The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

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
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 16, 2017 marked it as dnf-paused  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-publisher
I think since I'm not being absolutely forced with my arm twisted behind my back to read this one, I'm just going to stop while I'm ahead. This is truly a case of that old cliche "It's not the book, it's me." Maybe it's the fact that I'm headed into another dreaded book slump or maybe I'm finally realizing that mystery/thrillers of the YA variety just aren't for me; whatever the reason please don't pass up this book on my account. I'm just really needing to find something that grips me at the mo ...more
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
A truth that's told with bad intent, beats all the lies you can invent.”

----William Blake

Kara Thomas, an American author, pens a dark psychological thriller in her new book, The Darkest Corners that unfolds the story of two teenagers who drift apart after the night when one of the teenager's cousin was found murdered one summer night. Now years later, both of their past comes knocking at their doors, and willing or unwillingly they must face the past and the lies before they begin their colle
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Witness, family, murder, lies, secrets.

In my head, I bigged this up so, so much. This is one of my favourite authors and she was stepping away from her Prep School Confidential roots and going darker, more serious, more twisty and creepy... And it worked so well and I loved it. I was absolutely not disappointed.

The story was quite slow to start, it felt much more character driven than her previous books, and everything built up gradually until all of a sudden it was at break neck speed
Two things that are my absolute favorite:
1) Murder mysteries in which I am wrong about absolutely everything
2) Books that make me say "THIS IS SO GOOD" out loud while I'm reading

And yes, this was both. I 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 is just fabulous. I'd venture to say t
Wendy Darling
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 3/4ths of the book. I would love to have read this story if certain characters has been more developed (view spoiler), and perhaps if a lot of ...more
♡ Kim ♡
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Way to go, Kara Thomas! I was a little apprehensive to read this one as it was targeted as YA, but I am so glad that I finally picked it up. The Darkest Corners was a quick, easy read that I simply did not want to put down. I found a few things predictable, but there were several twists and turns that I did not expect.
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, thriller
2 1/2 stars. I was prepared to give this one star all the way up until the end, which was such a huge improvement it forced me to bump my rating up.

Tessa and Callie sent a man to prison ten years ago. Now Tessa is back in Fayette and she and Callie are rethinking their statement when new bodies begin popping up in town… Could the murders have a connection with the crime that took place so long ago?

Even if a thriller doesn't have the best character development, I still expect one thing from it: a
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-2016
Finally a YA Mystery that I loved!!! It wasn't 100% perfect, but it was SO interesting!! 4.5 Stars

A YA Mystery that sucked me in!!! I've been looking for a LONG time for a really good YA Mystery... it seems to be one of the hardest books for me to find anymore. I've read so many BLAH books, and then this one came along, and it's anything but BLAH. I was really hoping the serial killer angle would be that deciding factor, and I have to say I didn't even need there to be a serial killer for me to
Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)
First let me say this... OMG THIS BOOK!!!! OMG OMG OMG!

Thank you for letting me get that out of my system. This book has been sitting heavily on my mind since I finished reading it. I cannot help but think back on it. And every time I do... I discover that I like it more and more!

So I bet you are here because you are curious about this book and what it is about etc etc etc.

Well to quickly sum it up it is a psychological thriller murder mystery! That should tell you right there that it needs to b
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Mystery, Thriller, Crime

I've wanted to read this authors work for a quite some time now and while I wasn't totally disappointed I did find the book to be both too much and too little at the same time. That sounds confusing, right? Well let me tell you why. In terms of "too much" there was a LOT going on (especially behind the scenes) that don't make sense until the very end. And even at the end I was confused!?! Had the author stuck to one issue
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
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It's been a few years since I read a really good thriller and I can't even begin to tell you how glad I am that I read The Darkest Corners. Not only did it ignite my interest in mystery books, It also left on the edge of my seat, eagerly turning pages.

Firstly, I loved the atmosphere of this book! It lives up to its title with a really ominous storytelling approach and mood. It captured the tone of the genre very well, which is ultimately what made me exci
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
*Netgalley provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

This was intense.
There is so much drama throughout this book it really keeps you interested.
I'll skip the whole summary of the book. But Tessa is our main character. Tessa is young, and has gone through some serious shit. She's stronger than she thinks. She's determined. She's kinda badass. Callie, her best friend, is almost opposite. What happened to them when they were kids truly broke her. But she's your typical high school g
Liz Barnsley
The Darkest Corners is that kind of atmospheric, cleverly twisted type of Young Adult novel that I’m very fond of when done really well and in this case it was done really well.

Tessa and Callie were best friends until one dark night that has reverberated down the years until the point where we join the story which finds Tessa going back to Fayette to face down her demons whilst dealing with the loss of her father. Secrets still bubble below the surface, dangerous secrets that could have widespre
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
“There are worse things in this world than monsters, and somehow, they always manage to find me.”

While YA thrillers tend to be lacking for whatever reason, I think Kara Thomas did a really solid job at writing an fairly unpredictable and fun page-turner.

I've talked about this before, YA really isn't up to par in the horror/thriller genre at all. I would go as far as to say, it's the most lacking of any category with this genre. I'm not really sure if it's because YA readers don't tend to r
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy shit. I loved this so much, I can’t even. I was hooked from the very first page, because it’s a murder mystery book, with an unreliable narrator, with mainly female characters and which gave me Gillian Flynn vibes, although it’s not as dark and gruesome as Flynn’s books are. But for me, this was a recipe for instant success.

It follows the story of Tessa, a girl who comes back to her home town, to see her father before he dies of cancer in prison. Ten years earlier, Tessa and her best friend
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
2 stars

I really wanted to like this book. I really did. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. Rather, I was telling myself this would be a good mystery/thriller that I would enjoy. You can imagine my disappointment when I finished reading it.

The Darkest Corners is not a bad book. There are some parts of the story I did like. But the flaws it had prevented me from fully enjoy it.

For one thing, not much happened. 100 pages in, nothing happened. 200 pages in, something happened bu
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
A lot has changed in the ten years since Tessa and her then best friend Callie testified they saw Wyatt Stokes, better known as the Ohio River Monster, lurking in her backyard the night Callie’s cousin Lori was murdered. Now living with her Grandma in Florida, Tessa does all she can to avoid thinking of her time spent in Fayette, Pennsylvania. But when news reaches that her father is dying, Tessa is forced to return home. Staying with Callie and her family is uncomfortable, not only because the ...more
Catherine ♡
Actual Rating: 3.5

The Darkest Corners follows Tessa as the death of her imprisoned father brings her back to Fayette, the town in Pennsylvania that holds all the memories that haunt her. As she reunites with Callie, her ex-best friend who parties to forget, Tessa finds herself investigating another murder, which seems oddly similar to one that happened years ago - the murder of Lori, Callie' cousin. What does this mean? It means that the murderer could still be at large and the man Callie and Te
Alexis  (TheSlothReader)
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I really liked this. I normally don't read YA thrillers because I tend to be annoyed with either the situation or the mystery itself. YA thrillers usually involve mysteries that aren't a big deal at all or are too much of a big deal for teens to handle. And even though this mystery was far too big for Callie and Tessa to handle, I really bought into the idea that only these girls could solve the mystery of the Ohio River Monster, since they were the ones wh ...more
Why have I been putting this review off for so long? (Seven months, to be exact?)

Is it because this book was so profoundly eh that I can’t talk about it for longer than a paragraph?

Is it because it’s so unmemorable that I’d forgotten major plot points in a few days, so things could only be reallyyyy bad after MONTHS?

Or is it because this book was not so bad that it really needs to be roasted, and probably no one really cares to see a review of it anyway?

If you answered “all of the above,” YOU’RE
Jen Ryland
A pretty solid YA thriller for fans of true crime. I thought it had some similarities (besides the title - ha ha) to Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, with the true crime themes and the girl revisiting a crappy childhood. The writing in this lacked the sly, dark humor that I love in Flynn's writing, though.

For me, The Darkest Corners took quite a while to get started and kind of meandered along, stuck in exploring the main character's dysfunctional family and friendship relationships. But I'm glad I
Erin Dunn
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

I'm having the hardest time with books so far this year. I'm in a little bit of a reading and blogging slump now. Eh, I may do a mini review for this one later.
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This was about as dark as you can go while remaining a teen novel. If it had been written for an adult audience, I probably would have been significantly less inclined to read this before bed. Even then, it's not really a dreamless sleep kind of book.

Don't want to say too much, due to risk of spoilers, but this is a hair-raisingly quick read that delves into...well, the darkest corners of small-town America. (Bonus creep-out points because I went to school in Pittsburgh and took the train by
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it

3.5 stars

The more I think about this book, the more I realize that there are many aspects of it that separate it from others. There is no romance and it focuses on the middle class rather than the upper class. These two facts alone separate it from many other thriller novels.

The Darkest Corners follows Tessa as she returns to her hometown to say goodbye to her dying father in prison. Tessa is reluctant to return home because as a child she testified in a high profile serial killer case with her
Sarah Jude
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2016-reads
*I received an ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.*

First of all, I did not want this book to end. It's not a fast-paced thriller but rather a slow-burn murder mystery, deftly nuanced characterization, and a narrative voice that draws you in. Thomas has great skill in creating the layers of mystery in the plot, and there are many threads to follow. Yet they all dovetail together in a believable way. And that spoilers, but I did not see that last scene coming and my h
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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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