The Darkest Corners

The Darkest Corners

by Kara Thomas

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The Darkest Corners 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank Random House Children's & NetGalley for a copy of this e-ARC to review. While I received this ebook for free, that has no impact upon the honesty of my review. One of the most twisted rides you'll ever go on, nothing is as it seems - not for the characters or the reader; this story is just one giant bombshell, caught in the moments just after detonating. I can't say that it's what I was expecting, but it absolutely surpassed anything I could have imagined. Simply riveting. This is a fantastic blend of real and imaginary situations, all swirled together until one can no longer discern the real from the created. Told from Tessa's point of view, we are granted interesting insights into information that could potentially change the outcome of the whole story. Only piece by piece, and almost grudgingly, does Tessa share her thoughts with the only best friend of her childhood, Callie. A childhood cut ridiculously short for both girls, just in different ways. Witnessing the struggles that both Tessa and Callie go through is almost physically painful. It's impossible not to feel something for them. However what you feel will likely change paragraph to paragraph. On the outside Tessa appears only somewhat damaged, while Callie seems fairly normal. But then the faces we show the outside world very rarely reflect who we feel we are on the inside; Callie and Tessa are no different, hiding behind various facades. Given what they've gone through though, well that's pretty understandable. Having been apart for the past ten years means they have to redefine their friendship, if indeed that's what they still are. And all this: their relationship, their shared purpose, and everything that hangs in the balance, it's all condensed into a few short weeks. The pacing of this story is spot on, from the very first page to the very final page. It's a brilliant blend of the intimate and the public, combining those things that a person shares with others, and those they may not even acknowledge themselves. And it's masterfully done, showing us the story through Tessa and the world at large. What Tessa feels seeps into the pages so heavily that it's well nigh impossible for those emotions not to leach off the very page and into your skin as you read. Yet, as with those few people in her life that matter, she still manages to mostly stay behind the barriers she learned to erect very early on. Barriers she's struggling to maintain, even against herself. I simply loved this book! It just takes everything you think you know and turns it on its ear. You'll go in a different person than the one that comes out. And that is the mark of an incredibly well thought out and beautifully crafted story. Even those parts that have a basis in truth are so twisted you'll begin to question the reality and honesty of those external truths. When you can no longer tell fact from fiction the author has done their job; more than just found their job they've set a new standard for the genre. Heaven help those that publish in the same genre after this book; they've got incredible new heights to attain just to stay in the game.
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
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 be read, but I will give you a bit more of an explanation anyways. The Darkest Corners is told from the perspective of Tessa. At the age of 9, while she was spending the night over at her BFF's house (Callie), Callie's cousin was murdered!! The thing is, she wasn't just plainly murdered, she was murdered in the same fashion that others had been in the area! Yes kids, there was a serial killer on the loose in Fayette targeting young girls. Shortly thereafter, Tessa moved away to Florida to live with her grandma and Callie stayed. Cut to about 9 years later, Tessa has to return to Fayette to visit her dying father who is in the prison near there. She and Callie are no longer friends. Tessa doesn't want to be there. And then Tessa starts questioning things and looking for her estranged mother and sister. My overall thoughts on this book aside from the tiny freak out I had at this beginning of this post/review are that it was AMAZING and wonderfully crafted. I couldn't put it down. I had to keep going. I was pulled into the story. I had to know what exactly was going on. And to be completely honest with you, I am the kind of person who sneaks to the back of the book at the beginning of reading it. The suspense of "do these people get together?" "does that person live?" etc etc etc kills me. Usually the only way to keep me from doing this is to hand me an ebook to read (and I still do it with those as well, just not as often). Well...I did it with this one. AND YOU KNOW WHAT?! Even though I did that, I still had NO IDEA what all was going to go down in the book. Yes. The Darkest Corners was THAT wonderfully crafted that I could sneak to the back and STILL be totally surprised! My Rating 4.5 Stars Find more of my reviews here: http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com/ This review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ending to the book was crazy! I wouldn't have seen it coming which makes this book that much better
Lizzie More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. LOVED IT! I was so gripped from the first page. Every chapter has a new twist and the entire time I read I kept changing my mind about what I was predicting was going to happen. Tessa is such an interesting character. She's bitter and disillusioned because of everything she's been through, but I still loved her. And that ENDING! oh my god! I could not believe the last line!
KarenfromDothan More than 1 year ago
When Tessa Lowell and Callie Greenwood are eight years old, the two best friends are manipulated into testifying at the trial of an alleged serial killer. Not long afterward, Tessa is sent to Florida to live with her Gram, while Callie remains behind in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa has tried to stay in touch with Callie, but all her attempts have been rebuffed. Now ten years on, Tessa returns to Pennsylvania to see her dying father, and is once again reunited with her estranged friend. This is one heck of a suspense thriller. This gripping story grabs hold of you and never lets go. The characters are very affecting. It’s obvious the two girls carry a heavy burden, after all they helped put a possibly innocent man on death row, and it has shaped them both in very different ways. As they search for the truth, a sort of catharsis takes place in the two. A real roller coaster of a book with a surprise twist at the end that I never saw coming.
Anonymous 3 months ago
A quick read. I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good! I couldn't stop reading, wanting to know what was going to happen next and to figure out the mystery. Best read in awhile!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story starts off suspenseful - Tessa travels from Florida to Fayette County, Pennsylvania to see her father, who is in prison, serving a life sentence for shooting someone during a robbery. Tessa leaves the prison with her father's belongings and a lot of questions about a serial killer who she and a friend helped to convict. From here, the story gets twisted, among old friends who Tessa has not seen in 10+ years, a guy who may or may not be the killer, and a missing child. Adding to the confusion are some typos, and geographical inconsistencies. In one chapter, Tessa and her friend, Callie, go to meet a friend at a motel near I-95, which is a half hour's drive, according to the story. Then a couple pages later in the chapter, they travel to the same motel, only THIS time, it's near I-80. Later, Tessa and Callie travel to a mall near Pittsburgh. After trying to keep all the characters straight, I had to give up and read till the end. I found the story to be loaded with angst and drama - rightfully so, with missing children and a serial killer - but I think the story could have been better delineated. It seemed to fall apart toward the end. [Reviewer's note: Fayette County is in Southwestern Pennsylvania, near W. Virginia & Maryland. I-95 runs on the eastern side of the state, from Maine to Florida.]
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I wanted to read all of it in one setting!
eternalised More than 1 year ago
A slow start, but gradually grows into a thrilling, suspenseful read. The character dynamics were very intriguing, and the character themselves were complex and engaging. The story had some amazing twists. Also loved the focus on the girl’s friendship rather than romance for once. However, the ending was a bit of a let down. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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book_junkee More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I really liked the premise of this and was eager to get to it, but it took some time for me to settle in. Tessa and Callie are interesting enough characters. Their history is what makes them intriguing and everyone in their small town still sees the small girls who put away a murderer. Tessa retreats into herself and Callie acts out and I did enjoy seeing them reconnect. The plot has potential to be captivating. My downfall with the story was that there seemed to be about eleventy billion characters and plot threads. I did struggle to get into the rhythm of the story, but once I did, it was entertaining. It didn't have the tension I was expecting, but overall, it was a good story that kept me guessing. **Huge thanks to Delacorte Press and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**