This probably won’t be a very long post because I don’t have much to say about this book. The Darkest Corners was very middle-of-the-road in every aspect. It was okay, but ultimately forgettable and unimpactful. This book has a lot of positive reviews on Goodreads, but as a lover of thrillers, I think I’m more difficult to impress.
The biggest issue this book has is that it was so fraudulently marketed. I know it’s their job to make it sound good, but I got pretty much nothing that was promised. This claims to be a psychological thriller, but nothing about this book thrilled me OR messed with my mind. The tone was flat for almost the entire book. Even the “climax” felt flat. Also, the plot wasn’t unique. I could have forgiven that if it was at least executed really well, but for me this was not.
One good thing I will say about The Darkest Corners, is that it portrayed pretty accurate teenage relationships (between friends, with significant others, parents, etc). Sometimes authors will miss the mark by making teenagers too much of a caricature or by making them far too mature. It didn’t feel like Thomas was trying too hard and the dialogue also seemed very natural.
This might be a good gateway book for you if you are just starting to get into the thriller genre and also mostly read young adult fiction. But if you live and breathe thrillers, I’d give this a hard pass.
I received this ARC from Delacorte Press via Shelf Awareness.
The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.
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. 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. 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.