Little Monsters is a pretty twisted story. Kacey’s friends Jade and Bailey begin freezing her out after an incident at a supposedly haunted barn, and she’s not quite sure why. They go to a party without her, but then she can’t even really confront they about it because Bailey doesn’t come home the night of the party. Jade does reach out to Kacey to help determine what happened to Bailey, but suddenly Kacey’s step-brother is a suspect and things get a little out of hand.
This book was disturbing to say the least. I thought I’d read great reviews, so I recommended it to my YA book club. None of us like it all that much. Kacey’s family situation was a bit strange. She went to live with her father and his family after having major issues with her mother, but then her father wasn’t even really in the book. He worked weird hours because he was a surgeon (I think). Her step-mother handle everything and kind of resented him for it. It had both unnecessary parent drama, and it kind of seemed like Kara Thomas didn’t want to write a father into the story. It kind of bothered me.
Throughout the book, the reader is given glimpses into Bailey’s mind through journal entries, which get more and more upsetting as the book progresses. This book kind of reminded me of Gone Girl a little in that it made me wonder how the author came up with something so messed up.
Needless to say, I did feel compelled to finish the book because I needed to know what had happened to Bailey, although I had my suspicions (which were wrong). But I didn’t really enjoy this book. Nor do I think it’s one that you need to read, unless you like twisted stories.
Rating: 3 Stars