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Synopsis: 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 if you let them.
Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons–and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.
Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.
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 the truth, the closer she gets to a killer–and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.
The Darkest Corners is a taut psychological thriller that will leave readers guessing right up to the very end. The suspense builds slowly, but the story never drags. Tessa and Callie are both flawed characters because of what happened to them ten years previously. While they each handled their trauma as best they could when the story begins they’re completely estranged. Despite them having to deal with even more unimaginable events, one of the pleasures of this book is seeing the two of them become close again. There is a lot of drama packed into this book including: prostitution, drug and alcohol abuse, and serial killers. Somehow Kara Thomas manages for the most part to make it all work. There’s a couple of things I thought could have used a little more development like the mystery involving Tessa’s sister and mother, but given everything that was going on this wasn’t a major annoyance. There’s not a lot of action that happens until the second half, but once it starts it never lets up. I have to warn you there are plot twists and red herrings aplenty, so every time you think you have things figured out, guess again! The ending wraps everything up perfectly so that there are no loose ends. The Darkest Corners is technically a YA novel, but I highly recommend it to adults as well who are looking for a thrilling mystery with lots of twists and turns.