Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: July 25th, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery
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.
Brrrrrr. Goosebumps. (And it’s really hot here, so it’s definitely the book.)
Halfway through the book, I realized that Kara Thomas is also Kara Taylor, who wrote Prep School Confidential, which I LOVED. If I’d known that, I would have read this book before it even came out.
There are authors that like to explore genres. They write contemporary romances, only to switch to fantasy later on and maybe try some mystery/thriller along the way. I hope Kara Thomas sticks to mystery, because she is so damn good at it.
It looks like such a clichéd story, no? The new girl in town who knows nobody begins a friendship with two inseparables… only for one of her new friends to disappear not long after.
She’s not exactly a suspect, and especially not at first, but the further we read, the tenser things get, and it’s hard to separate the lie from the truth.
I think Kacey is the perfect heroine. Although she has her own demons to deal with (just like basically everyone on this planet), she is someone who really is looking forward to a new start with a family she hopes will eventually feel familiar to her.
It’s narrated by Kacey herself, but there are also passages from her friend’s notebook, which provides much context and background to the story.
It’s chilling. I can’t wait to forget everything about it, so I can read it again and experience it as though for the first time.
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