By Kara Thomas
Publication: July 25, 2017
Bang Bang Rating: 3/4
After running away from a toxic household, Kacey Young moves to Podunk Wisconsin to live with her father, step-mother, and two step siblings. On day one at school, Kacey is marked as a drug user head case from NY but that doesn’t stop the invisible duo, Bailey and Jade, from befriending her. Although Kacey would rather have anyone than be lonely, Bailey has her own set of issues and being her friend is a psychological roller coaster. She is the queen bee of the invisible trio and if you don’t play along with her reckless adventures, she’ll freeze you out. Not wanting to participate yet not wanting to be frozen, Kacey reluctantly sneaks out with her immature thirteen-year-old sister to perform a seance at the local haunted barn and then all hell breaks loose-Bailey disappears. Of course the entire town in Broken Falls Wisconsin begins to point the finger to the new girl and Kacey can’t let that happen so she points her finger to the slut shaming ex-football hero. What really happens in this Gone Girl lite novel? You’ll have to read to find out.
So the title is Little Monsters and it’s basically what the author is saying-girls are little monsters. Thomas sets up the typical whodunit by listing all the suspects and their motives. Kacey is the voice of the reader as she asks all the questions for us to keep us up to speed and she does it well. Kacey does make some dumbass decisions but she’s seventeen so she’s forgiven and although she’s likable she’s a bit underdeveloped. That’s one of the issues with Little Monsters-the characters are just a bit underdeveloped and ultimately their motives aren’t strong enough. My other issue was the ending. This book is set up like a mystery but that anticlimactic ending leads me to think it’s more of a thriller and the focus is on girls and what little monsters they can be. A novel either needs to be a mystery or an expose and although it was a page turner, Little Monsters seemed like it didn’t know what type of novel it wanted to be.
I also read Thomas’ first book and once again, 90% of the book was good but the ending fell apart and in a mystery the reveal is a BIG deal. However, this was a fun quick novel to read and I recommend it for teens who aren’t ready for Gone Girl or Girl on the Train.