Saturday Discussion – The Darkest Corners

Synopsis: The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.

There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.

Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.

Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.

But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.

Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away. – Goodreads, The Darkest Corners

Eden: Full disclosure, it took me two weeks to read this very small book. To be fair, the week I started it was just after I moved from Virginia to Florida, so I was a bit tired. Then I decided to read it right after reading And I Darken and that was probably a terrible idea. So, the moral of the story is, I struggled to finish this book. It was a good read, though I found it a bit boring. It’s a quick read and if you’re into crime stories then this is the book for you. Three stars.

Caitlynn: I did enjoy this book, i would prpbably give it 3.5 stars. Like Jenn, I really enjoyed the True Crime feeling of this book. It really set it apart from any other books that we have read lately. I enjoyed the ending and was surprised by everything that happened! It was a nice quick read for me, but I don’t see myself rereading it anytime soon, if ever. I’m glad we added this to our reading list though, it’s definitely worth the read.

Jenn: I enjoyed this book. Overall, I gave it 3 stars. It wasn’t my favorite book of the year. However, it was an enjoyable read. I liked the plot line and the premise behind the book. Thomas said she was inspired by the documentary Paradise Lost and the West Memphis Three which I am very interested in. However, I do wish the twist was harder to predict and the characters fell a little flat for me. I would recommend this to someone who is looking for a quick read that is different to all the other books in YA. This book reads more as a True Crime novel than a “stereotypical” YA novel which was cool. It was a good book. I truly enjoyed it.

DISCUSSION & SPOILERS AHEAD: If you haven’t read The Darkest Corners and plan to read it, it would be best not to read anymore.


Eden: What did you guys think of The Darkest Corners? I don’t have a whole lot to say about it to be honest.

Jenn: Yes you do. You always have an opinion on a book.

Caitlynn: Why did you dislike it so much?

Eden: I was just really bored. The narrative was step by step and the characters were just unremarkable.

Jenn: I enjoyed it. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it.

Caitlynn: I didn’t regret reading it.

Jenn: I would probably give it three stars. The ending was really predictable. I was just waiting for it the entire time, but I liked the premise. I didn’t mind the characters. They were just a means to an end for me. Like I just wanted to find out what happened so I didn’t care if the characters had personality. Honestly I felt like I was reading a true crime novel, not a YA novel.

**MASSIVE SPOILER COMING UP TURN BACK IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW**

Eden: I know this is nitpicky but I hate that the girls just so happened to be kidnapped AND there were murders in this tiny little town in Pennsylvania. I don’t like too many coincidences in books.

Caitlynn: It all threw me for a loop.

Jenn: When they first discussed the phone call where Lori was like, “Stay away from me,” I was like I bet it wasn’t Jos, I bet it was her mom because her mom got pissed about something.

Caitlynn: It was the mom!

Jenn: This book reminded me of the Face on the Milk Carton books. I loved them when I was younger.

Jenn: Also, I think you (Eden) didn’t like this because you had other books you wanted to read at the time. It basically became a chore.

Eden: I don’t know. I just felt like the writing was lazy.

Jenn: I think that’s because we read so many fantasy novels now that we’re used to the embellished narrative.

Eden: I’m not saying it was a bad book. I’m just saying it was not the book for me.

Jenn: Well you did just finish And I Darken.

**Everyone is silent for a few seconds**

Caitlynn: This isn’t a good book hangover book.

Eden: Did you guys feel like at one point there was a parallel to Casey Anthony?

Caitlynn: YES!

Eden: I mean the going out to party and leaving your baby in a crib while she’s partying is very like Casey Anthony.

Caitlynn: That was exactly what I was thinking. It was so similar to Casey Anthony. Though, Caylee’s body was found.

Eden: I will say Kara Thomas did a good job handling terms dealing with cellphones and social media. And Jenn and I were talking about this the other day because Keira Cass tweeted out asking if people using terms like Facebook dates your story. I was telling Jenn that I like the specificity of using the name of the social media, but it will date your story.

Jenn: I don’t think that it’s a problem dating it. I don’t think it’s a negative thing. Just because it’s not something that’s used anymore doesn’t make it awful.

Caitlynn: I feel like it’s more insincere when they make up their own social medias.

Jenn: Like SpaceBook.

Eden: What’s SpaceBook from?

Jenn: I don’t know, I feel like I might have read it some time.

Caitlynn: Did Thomas use social media?

Eden: She uses craigslist and Facebook and Connect but I don’t know if that one is real. I think she did a good job keeping it specific to our time and letting readers know that the book is set through this time span.

Jenn: I think when you try to make it trendy is when it fails rather than just saying it because it’s an important part of the culture.


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