For fans of Pretty Little Liars, Little Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners, about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls.
Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.
Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.
Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.
But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.
Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.
I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.
I’ve been putting off writing this review for more than six months now. Actually, I think it’s been around 8 months since I read this book. I was really surprised that the publisher already had an ARC available for reviewers that early, but of course having loved The Darkest Corners, I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity. I think I was one of the first few people who had read this book and it sucks. A LOT, because I had no one to talk to. Good thing though that the author, Kara Thomas, was very approachable and sometimes we about this book.
I actually went into this book without knowing anything. I just knew that this was going to be really good, considering how crazy her last book had been. I wasn’t disappointed at all, in fact, Kara Thomas just topped her writing with this one.
“That was when I decided that all the ghost stories got it wrong: evil isn’t a spirit of a monster or a ghost. It lives inside regular people, and it doesn’t know the difference between night and day.”
Basically, the book is about Kacey being the new girl in town, but she settled well with her friends Bailey and Jade, until her friends seemed to ditch her and then Bailey disappeared.
This book was pretty much straightforward when it came to the mystery aspect. It’s told in two POVs, Kacey’s in the present, while Bailey’s POV provides a flashback to their junior year in high school. Early in the book, Kacey already established herself as an unreliable narrator, and Bailey’s thoughts made her one too. Having these two made the reading experience different and more thrilling. The book is a big case of “whodunnit” and trying to figure out the suspect was the best and it’s such a whirlwind. Although, I was able to confirm a little early on who did the deed, but not everyone is what they seem!
“I know they say that hate can destroy a person. But I’ve never felt so alive.”
Romance wasn’t a big aspect in the book. The characters had crushes and romantic relationships but these weren’t in the spotlight. Meanwhile, Kacey’s relationship with her family was refreshing to read since she had a healthy relationship with her stepmom, and a close one with her stepbrother, Andrew, and half-sister, Lauren.
I love that this book throws off the readers in different directions to keep the mystery aspect intact. It basically brings readers into a darker, creepier place, which I think psychological thrillers do best. Like The Darkest Corners, this book has a Twin Peaks vibe too, and this time mixed with Pretty Little Liars. I think that this book really outdid Thomas’s last one in terms of the dynamics of the story and the characters. The solid ending really sealed the deal for me especially upon the revelations of who did it and why the whole thing happened.
If you’ve been following me, you’ll know that I have been raving about this book for forever. It’s honestly one of the best YA thrillers I have ever read. This is my favorite from Kara Thomas so far and I can’t wait to check out her other works in the future.
Little Monsters is a brilliant, well-written masterpiece, full of unreliable narrators, suspense, and plot twists that will leave you at the edge of your seat. Kara Thomas is truly a genius when it comes to writing thrillers that are gripping, creepy, terrifying, and most of all, exciting! If you enjoyed reading The Darkest Corners, wait until you read this one!