The Darkest Corners
By: Kara Thomas
Expected Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Bang Bang Rating:
When Tessa and Callie were eight, they testified in a murder trial that put away the Ohio River Monster forever or so they thought. A dead body appears ten years later and Tessa and Callie try to find answers on their own.
- Character Development. Thomas does a great job with developing all the characters from Tessa to Callie’s father who doesn’t have any dialogue.
- Tessa asks all the right questions the reader is asking and she’s just the right amount of paranoid. She only has one grand epiphany but otherwise her amateur detective skills were believable.
- Writing the Clues. Thomas leaves enough clues for the reader to figure out the major reveals.
- Contemporary. With the Making a Murderer documentary on Netflix, Thomas couldn’t have timed this better. Darkest Corners doesn’t focus on the wrongly accused but it’s a coincidental nod.
- Female Relationships. Tessa and Callie have a great friendship which we don’t see often enough in YA fiction. I thought Callie was going to be the preverbal mean girl but she wasn’t.
- A…VERY…SSLLOOWW…..BURN. If you want a book with a lot of action scenes, a long tussle with the murderer, or gory details then put this book down and pick up I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. The book is all about the character development and following Tessa as she tries to find her family and the real murderer. The shit doesn’t hit the fan until the last 50 pages.
- I don’t have a problem with the slow burn but my problem was…
- The Reveal. The only thing that kept me going was the reveal and I was NOT satisfied. I felt like their motive was not prominent enough for me-it just came out of nowhere.
The writing was fantastic but the story was boring. I don’t need a lot of action sequences and fight scenes to keep me interested. As a matter of fact, I usually skip fight scenes because it’s hard for me to picture it in my mind so that wasn’t my problem with Darkest Corners. My problem was that we follow Tessa as she interviews people to come away with crumbs and the final reveal was not good. As I was reading it, I was waiting for it all to be a dream or a fake ending-it didn’t seem like this was the correct ending.
I do think that Thomas is a good writer and I will read future books by her. (Her previous series looks too juvenile for me)