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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  7,806 ratings  ·  1,412 reviews
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 fou
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
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.
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 ev
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
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
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
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
‘They want to believe I did it. I think they’re afraid of the Monster turning out to be someone who looks just like one of them’. – Wyatt Stokes.

Ten 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 eight year-olds Tessa Lowell, and Callie Greenwood, who identified Stokes, outside the house, the night the last victim, their babysitter Lori Cawley, was take
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
This was my 3rd book by Kara Thomas, and it did not disappoint! I thought it was really great. Good story, good characters, good mystery. Looking forward to reading what she writes next!
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
I think the only thing I enjoyed in this book is the ending.
Cora Tea Party Princess
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Aj the Ravenous Reader

Well that was completely unexpected. Those intricately tangled twists of the plot got me upping my rating for the book. At first I thought The Darkest Corner is going to be familiar because during the first half, it actually is. It made me believe that it is simply about a murder mystery case that’s gone wrong when two little girls were forced to testify against the wrong man convicting him as the serial killer known as the Ohio River Monster (ORM).

Ten years later, these young girls Tessa and C
♡ Kim ♡
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, arc, giveaway-wins
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: thriller, young-adult
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
Frank Phillips
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow!!! What did I just read?! There's no freaking way that I thought a YA novel would pack such a punch!! Thomas is officially my favorite young adult author now. I read The Cheerleaders when it came out last year and thoroughly enjoyed it, surprisingly so because I'm not a huge fan of YA thrillers. I picked this one up on account of how much I enjoyed Cheerleaders, and I am very grateful that I did. This is probably one of my top three favorites young adult thrillers, ever! The plot, characters ...more
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
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
Dannii Elle
Tessa left Fayette, Pennsylvania, and the secrets that haunted her there, behind when she was just nine-years-old. But when she escaped she also left best friend, Callie, behind too. Now her father is dying and she must return for one final goodbye. But one goodbyes turns into many hellos when she discovers a resurgence of buried secrets and almost forgotten individuals from her past, who all seem determined to claw their way back into her life and make her second escape an impossible one.

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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
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
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
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 t
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
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
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
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
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying what my main problem with this book was (but in no way effected the rating).

So, this is a story about a small town serial killer, choosing teenage girls as its victims.
Quickly enough, a man is caught and accused, and the whole case is put to rest.
Years later, two girls, one of them being a family member of the deceased girl, start suspecting police had gotten the wrong man and decide to start an investigation of their own.
Why do I have a feeling I've read this before?
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
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Kara is the author of The Darkest Corners, Little Monsters, and The Cheerleaders. 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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