Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Delacorte Press
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Review: I read and thoroughly enjoyed The Darkest Corners last year so I knew I wanted to read this one no matter what. And wow! I was completely blown away by this one! Little Monsters completely hooked me right from the start. I did not want to put this book down at all so I read it over the course of two days. The first chapter reminded me a little bit of my group of friends in high school. There is an abandoned farm outside of our small town that we liked to go drive by and dare people to walk up to at night. One night we did this, things definitely did not go well and we never went back again. And the book takes place in Wisconsin, my neighboring state, so it was very easy to connect with the midwestern vibes. So needless to say I connected with Kacey almost instantly. I totally felt for her having such a rough background before she moved in with the father she never knew and his family. Her new family dynamic and new friends made it look as though things were looking up for her. I loved her relationship with her siblings (both step and half) and even with her step-mom. But when things with her best friends start to go a little iffy, things go south quickly. There were so many incredible twists and turns to this story and I did not see any of them coming. Just when I thought I had things figured out… BOOM! That is my absolute favorite part about mysteries and thrillers! I have to say that this is one of the best thrillers I have ever read! Even before finishing eARC copy, I preordered the book because I just have to be able to read this one again with a finished copy. So if you’re looking for a fantastic psychological thriller to give you all the thrills and chills, I highly recommend you check out Little Monsters! You will not be disappointed.
I received an eARC from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review.
**While you wait for the publication date check out this unpublished short story that takes place before the events in Little Monsters! Sure to give you chills!**