Review: Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

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

Little Monsters
Kara Thomas
Young Adult Fiction
Delacorte Press
July 25, 2017

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.

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