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Little Monsters Hardcover – July 25, 2017
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Praise for Little Monsters:
"Taut and suspenseful...this gritty page-turner will easily hook a broad range of readers"-Booklist
"An intense psychological thriller that all but ensures the lights will be left on between dusk and dawn."-Publishers Weekly
"A twisted story of obsession and manipulation, Little Monsters captivated me right up to its surprising conclusion—and left me wondering how well I really know my friends."-Chelsea Sedoti, author of The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
"A brilliant, well-written masterpiece, full of unreliable narrators, suspense, and plot twists that will leave you at the edge of your seat."-Inah P., The Bibliophile Confessions
“A twisted and evocative tale of teenage friendships, obsession, and family dynamics all wrapped up in a mystery that is as compelling as it is dark.”-Liz, Liz Loves Books
"The ending left me staring slack-jawed."-Leah Lorenzo, Bumble Bee Books
“Little Monsters was absolutely amazing. It pulled me in and now that I am done with it, I am going to have such a major book hangover....Every time I thought I was close to having [the mystery] figured out, Kara Thomas would throw something at us and it would change EVERYTHING!”-Stephanie Torina, Reading is Better With Cupackes
Praise for The Darkest Corners:
"Gripping from start to finish, The Darkest Corners took me into an underbelly I didn't know existed, with twists that left me shocked and racing forward to get to the end."-Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen
“A tight, twisted thriller, full of deft reversals and disturbing revelations—deeply, compulsively satisfying!”-Brenna Yovanoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement
“As dark as Gillian Flynn and as compulsive as Serial…Kara Thomas’s mystery debut is intricate, chilling, and deeply compelling. Unforgettable!”—Laura Salters, author of Run Away
"You'll be up all night tearing through the pages, gasping through the twists and turns."-Bustle.com
★ “Thomas carefully crafts the suspense, leaving present-tense narrator Tessa—and readers—to doubt even those she loves the most…An unsettling story of loss, lies, and violence lurking in the shadows of a small town.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
★ "On the heels of Making a Murderer and The Jinx comes a psychological thriller strongly rooted in the true-crime tradition...Expertly plotted with plenty of twists and turns—never mind a truly shocking conclusion—this gritty thriller is sure to find a wide audience among teens and adults alike. Equally concerned with a quest for the truth and the powerful motivation of guilt, this compelling novel won’t linger on the shelf." —Booklist, Starred review
★ "Thomas keeps it real with a jaded heroine from the have-nots societal segment who holds onto her humanity, and a frank illustration of failure in the justice system. Hand this one to older teens who love dark mysteries or fans of Netflix's Making a Murderer."—Shelf Awareness, Starred review
"Clearly drawn…[and] alive until the twisty end."—Bulletin
"Strong character development and thrilling reveals…this novel is a sure bet."—SLJ
About the Author
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 Corners, Little Monsters, and The Cheerleaders. To learn more about Kara and her books, visit her at kara-thomas.com or follow @karatwrites on Twitter and @kara_thomas on Instagram.
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Kacey narrates the majority of "Little Monsters"; in her chapters, the action is focused on the present. Interspersed between Kacey's story are excerpts from Bailey's diary; these provide the background for the conflict and the mystery of her disappearance. Using this device, Kara Thomas is able to build tension and to throw out some red herrings so the reader will continue to guess Bailey's fate and the identity of its principle architect. Further, Ms. Thomas clearly understands teenage girls, standing on the cusp of adulthood, and the frustration many feel at small town life. Kacey describes Bailey's attitude when she tells readers "...growing up in a town like this ...people catch boredom like a virus ..." When Bailey talks about the closed friendship she and Jade have and the reasons for it, she says "...People think [we're] aloof ...really they're the ones who decided we're Nothing ...we don't exist ..." The most chilling truism is contained in the final excerpt from Bailey's diary. "...No one ever suspects girls ...we're sugar and spice and everything nice ..."
Characters in "Little Monsters" are developed and interesting, particularly because so much is left to the imagination. Nevertheless, the adults in the novel are less interesting and often clueless; this is a disservice to responsible parents and caregivers. The conclusion of the novel and Kacey's reunion with her mother was unexpected and unexplained. It may have been the weakest portion of the story. Nevertheless, "Little Monsters" is sufficiently engaging and compelling to have maintained my interest so that I read it without stopping.
The author does a masterful job with just about every aspect of this novel. The characters are all well developed and interesting. The relationships of Kacey and her family and friends and the dynamics of high school are spot on, from the texting to the insecurities resulting from perceived judgments and slights. The story is told primarily from Kacey’s point of view, but as the novel progresses we read more and more excerpts from Bailey’s diary. The combination both moves the story forward and helps to explain the nuances of their relationship.
And then there’s the plot. What a roller coaster ride this book is! I am generally excellent at figuring out who done it, but not this time. I did eventually get it right, but so late in the story as to almost not matter. The author does a fabulous job balancing red herrings and playing with unreliable narrators, and she kept me happily turning the pages as fast as I could. I couldn’t put it down. The ending is a tad rushed, but this did nothing to spoil the novel for me. This is easily one of the best young adult mysteries I’ve read.
The superb pacing really makes this story sing, and helps create an atmosphere of dread that is palpable from the first chapter and only gets bigger throughout the story. The dialogue is authentic, the relationships chilling and the plot delivers more than it's share of surprises. A must read for any teen or adult looking for an intelligent, suspenseful thriller. It's a story that showcases the tenuous nature of teen relationship and the importance of family. Don't miss this one.
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