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Review by Suze
Tessa left Fayette after a terrible incident. She's moved in with her grandmother shortly after it happened and hasn't seen her mother and sister in years. Callie used to be Tessa's best friend. It was Callie's cousin who died that awful night. Callie and Tessa were very young, but they were key witnesses in the trial. A man was locked up for the murders and is about to be executed. There were several murders, but Tessa is having doubts. She doesn't know if the monster who committed them all is actually behind bars. Tessa is back in Fayette because of her father's illness. She's staying with Callie. They haven't spoken to each other in years and it's time they start to be honest about what actually happened the night Lori died, to each other, but also to themselves.
Tessa and Callie decide to investigate the murders. Slowly Tessa finds out more about who killed Lori. Meanwhile she's also trying to find her family. She has no idea why her sister disappeared all those years ago and wants to speak to her and ask her some important questions. Only can they do this without being found out and will they be able to discover who the killer is without putting themselves in danger?
The Darkest Corners is a gripping thriller about two girls who have been through something traumatic. They both can't cope with the memories and they struggle every day. Slowly Tessa and Callie start talking again and it was interesting to see what they had to say to each other, especially about their testimonies and what they actually heard and saw the night Lorie was killed. Tessa is quite strange. She doesn't dare to ask for anything she needs, which makes her life unnecessary complicated. She's also really strong and smart. Those two sides of her character kept amazing me. Callie makes reckless decisions and Tessa often has to be the one in charge. When someone broken is taking the lead things can get pretty complex sometimes and it was fascinating to see how they would develop.
The Darkest Corners is a complicated story. There are many threads, plenty of characters and there's a big puzzle with many missing pieces. The story isn't very fast at first, but slowly Kara Thomas adds speed to the story until at the end there's a multitude of surprising incidents that lead to a fitting conclusion. It felt like a hurricane that's slowly building up its power. All of a sudden you're in the middle of the chaos and in the eye of the storm. I found that quite unique. The Darkest Corners is a thrilling read with many fascinating twists and turns and a really strong finale.