I received Little Monsters by Kara Thomas through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and I give it 5/5 stars.
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. (Goodreads)
Oh my gosh, where do I even start with Little Monsters by Kara Thomas? I loved The Darkest Corners (I even gave it 5/5 stars, too), but this book was better.
The characters are complex, equally suspicious, manipulative liars. I love them all. I love the dysfunctional family unit in play with Kacey and her stepbrother, half-sister, dad, and stepmom. I love Bailey and Jade and Andrew and Ashley and Lauren; I just love them all so much.
I love Kacey's dark past and how she grows darker as the book proceeds.
The plot is slow, but it gives you time to really invest yourself in the characters and the setting, which is realistic and captivating. There's something about snowy locations and missing people that feel right.
The only thing I disliked about the book was that it ended. Kara Thomas creates likable characters with good voices and interesting relationships. I highly recommend this book.
Little Monsters by Kara Thomas will be published on July 25, 2017.