For fans of Gillian Flynn and Pretty Little Liars, The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become. Read more...
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For fans of Gillian Flynn and Pretty Little Liars, The Darkest Cornersis a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.
There are secrets around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about what happened there that last summer.
She and her childhood best friend Callie never talked about what they saw. Not before the trial. And certainly not after.
But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.
Only the closer Tessa gets to what really happened, the closer she gets to a killer and this time, it won t be so easy to run away."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-03-28
- Reviewer: Staff
In a gripping novel that could have been ripped from the headlines, newcomer Thomas introduces Tessa, a young woman who lost everything she ever knew, only to have the past reach out to take even more. With her father dying in prison, Tessa makes the difficult journey from Florida, where she had been living with her grandmother, back to Fayette, Pa. Years ago, Tessa and her best friend Callie had been instrumental in putting a serial killer in jail. Now, people aren't entirely sure that he was guilty—the real killer may still be at large. To complicate matters, Tessa's runaway older sister has resurfaced, and Tessa is desperate to find her, as well as their missing mother. Suffused with chilling detail, the story is slow to gain momentum, trailing through numerous red herrings that may be as frustrating for some readers as they are Tessa. However, a truly surprising ending and the aching beauty of Tessa and Callie's friendship, reforged in adversity, ensure a memorable, disquieting read. Ages 14–up. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Apr.)
Two friends revisit a scarring childhood event
Ten years ago, a serial killer in rural Pennsylvania lured Lori Cawley from the home where she was babysitting two 8-year-old girls and murdered her. Best friends Tessa and Callie were those two girls. Manipulated by police and their parents into testifying against the suspected killer, the girls have always wondered if they sent the wrong man to death row. They haven’t spoken since Tessa moved away after the trial. Now 18, Callie relies on alcohol to suppress her anxiety, and Tessa, who has been abandoned by both her mother and sister, returns to Pennsylvania to say goodbye to her dying father. Tessa’s visit stirs up questions, sending her on a dangerous hunt for answers.
The Darkest Corners is a suspenseful ride that’s really two mysteries in one: the location of Tessa’s sister and what really happened the night Lori was killed. Could Tessa’s sister be involved? A thriller at its core, the novel presents a layered view of how family, friendships and even the flawed judicial system can tear people apart if they let it.