Little Monsters by Kara Thomas | Review

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Star-DividerRating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: July 25th, 2017

Dates Read: August 7th, 2018 – August 8th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: abuse, parental abuse (off page but applied), murder

Pages: 336

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: mystery, young adult, thriller contemporary

Goodreads blurb:

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.

Star-DividerR E V I E W

I’m a big fan of true crime YouTube videos. I absolutely love the chilling feeling I get as a story unfolds and you learn what has happened. It sounds strange, but I adore it. Little Monsters gave me that exact feeling.

I know I said it in my review for The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas, but I wasn’t expecting the events that took place in Little Monsters. This book kept me on my toes throughout the whole book. I am even willing to admit: I didn’t guess who did it. I find it so easy to guess who the murderer is, but this book left me shocked at the reveal. My thoughts had gone a whole other direction and the reasoning behind it all? Shocked me to my core. Little Monsters is a chilling tale of betrayal and obsession. It is a story that shows the negatives in the day to day lives and even had some powerful moments – an example being the main character wondering if she is as bad as her abusive mum because she fought back, this was super powerful for me to read.

Little Monsters follows Kacey. Kacey is the new kid in Broken Falls and is finally happy. She has been doing a lot better than she did in New York, where she lived with her biological mother. Kacey was in a problematic position where she was sleeping in her friend’s basements in order not to live with her mother. She was shipped off to her biological father and stepmother, two people she had never met. Additionally, she got two siblings, one half-sister and one stepbrother.

She has found two friends, Bailey and Jade. She’s finally happy. She has a family, she has friends and her future is looking bright as she plans to head to college, something she never dreamed about before. Life still isn’t perfect, but Kacey is content. That is until Bailey goes missing. Kacey is as shocked as everyone else, despite the fact that Bailey always commented on running away. What shocks Kacey more is she becomes a major suspect in the case. This instantly puts Kacey on high alert and ready to blame everyone. She has no clue on who would make Bailey go missing. However, as we get flashes of Bailey’s personal diary we learn more about the friendship. The dark side of the friendship. The side that maybe Kacey didn’t actually know about. The themes of love and betrayal are so full on throughout this novel.

Fun fact, I just understood the title of this book. I see you Kara Thomas and I love it. I don’t want to say too much, but damn, it is good.

I don’t know what it is about Kara Thomas’ writing but I am in love. This woman has an amazing talent for thrillers and mystery. I have never been so shocked by a book and so disturbed. This book was lacking in some parts, particularly some of the character developments, but the plot. Oh my God, y’all know I love for a good plot. This story was shocking and it was just overall amazing.

The character dynamics in this book are amazing. I was concerned at some stages due to some accusations that Kacey is in a relationship with her stepbrother. That is literally my least favourite trope to ever exist and I would rather poke my eyes out with a hot poker than reading that. However, it was honestly refreshing to see a step and half-sibling dynamic as close as this one. Not only that, but the hidden personalities of people that come out when someone is accused of a crime is incredibly fascinating.

Little Monsters basically has it all. Friendships, familial relationships, scandals. It had me both gasping and laughing. It can’t recommend this book enough. Overall, this is a YA thriller that everyone needs to get their hands on. This book is spooky and chilling.


Happy reading everyone!

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7 thoughts on “Little Monsters by Kara Thomas | Review

  1. I really liked this book when I read it! (and i guessed the murderer! I can’t remember the tip off I had because I read it last year but i remember I picked up on something) You MUST tell me the meaning I guess behind the title I’m v curious! also, I LOVE the new book review format picture/banner thingy, it’s very pretty!!

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