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The Darkest Corners
Contributor(s): Thomas, Kara
ISBN: 0553521454     ISBN-13: 9780553521450
Publisher: Delacorte Pr
    OUR PRICE: $17.81  
Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: April 2016
Annotation: Consumed by questions about a fateful, ghostly night that resulted in a cousin's demise, a death-row conviction and her move to a distant town, Tessa reunites with childhood friend Callie to confront the demons of their shared past and uncover a haunting truth. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Serial murderers; Juvenile fiction.
Murder; Pennsylvania; Juvenile fiction.
Secrecy; Juvenile fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2015004181
Lexile Measure: 740
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 6.25" W x 1.00" (1.18 lbs) 327 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 181590
Reading Level: 4.9   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 13.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q68688
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 21.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Kara Thomas has written for everything from her high school newspaper to Warner Bros. Television. She is a true-crime addict who lives on Long Island with her husband and rescue cat. She is the author of The Darkest CornersLittle Monsters, and The Cheerleaders. To learn more about Kara and her books, visit her at or follow @karatwrites on Twitter and @kara_thomas on Instagram.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
As children, Tessa and friend Callie testified in a murder case, securing a guilty verdict for a serial killer. Now, Tessa takes a trip back to her old Pennsylvania hometown and becomes convinced the testimony she gave was false--and that the real killer may still be loose. Though slow-moving, this novel has appeal for fans of Barry Lyga's I Hunt Killers series and other psychological thrillers. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

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.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 March)

Gr 9 Up—Ten years after leaving the state and losing touch with everyone she knew and loved, Tessa Lowell returns to small-town Fayette to say goodbye to her father, who's dying in prison. She is too late to see her father but ends up with too many questions about her past to return home to Florida right away. Joining forces with her childhood best friend, Callie, Tessa begins looking for answers in this exciting psychological thriller. Callie and Tessa haven't talked since Tessa left after the strain testifying in the trial of Wyatt Stokes when she was eight years old, a trial that ended with him on death row. Working through the pain of lost friendship and unshared secrets, the girls collaborate to search for the truth when another girl is killed. Did they help convict an innocent man? Has the real killer returned to Fayette? How does Tessa's long-lost sister fit into all this, and what happened to her mother? The world of a working-class town in Pennsylvania comes alive as Callie deals with her pain through hard partying and Tessa attempts to escape her guilty disquiet by immersing herself in her sleuthing. Through strong character development and thrilling reveals, readers become as engrossed as Tessa as she searches for the truth and deals with the emotions of her past. VERDICT As a dark psychological thriller with a compelling story and an unexpected but satisfying ending, this novel is a sure bet.—Genevieve Feldman, San Francisco Public Library

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