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The darkest corners, Kara Thomas

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The darkest corners
Title
The darkest corners
Statement of responsibility
Kara Thomas
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When her father dies, Tessa is pulled back to the small Pennsylvania town where her life came apart when her father was sent to prison, her mother went to pieces, and her beloved older sister ran away, and where her testimony and that of her now-estranged friend Callie sent a serial killer to death row--a serial killer who may be getting a new trial as long buried secrets come to light
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Review
  • Grades 10-12 /* Starred Review */ On the heels of TV documentaries Making a Murderer and The Jinx comes a psychological thriller strongly rooted in the true-crime tradition. Ten years ago, Tessa provided an eyewitness statement in the case of the Ohio River Monster, a serial killer whose last target was her best friend’s cousin, Lori. Returning to Fayette, Pennsylvania, to say good-bye to her dying convict father, Tessa is stunned by the murder of another childhood friend in circumstances mirroring those of the murders 10 years ago. Could the man she helped put on death row be the wrong person? And if so, who is the true Ohio River Monster? Could it be her older sister, who was close friends with Lori? Set in the seedy underbelly of the small rural towns that mainstream media often forgets, this puts Tessa in hot pursuit of answers to all three mysteries—but could they be intertwined? Expertly plotted with plenty of twists and turns—never mind a truly shocking conclusion—this gritty thriller is sure to find a wide audience among teens and adults alike. Equally concerned with a quest for the truth and the powerful motivation of guilt, this compelling novel won’t linger on the shelf. -- Barnes, Jennifer (Reviewed 3/15/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 14, p58)
  • Gr 9 Up—Ten years after leaving the state and losing touch with everyone she knew and loved, Tessa Lowell returns to small-town Fayette to say goodbye to her father, who's dying in prison. She is too late to see her father but ends up with too many questions about her past to return home to Florida right away. Joining forces with her childhood best friend, Callie, Tessa begins looking for answers in this exciting psychological thriller. Callie and Tessa haven't talked since Tessa left after the strain testifying in the trial of Wyatt Stokes when she was eight years old, a trial that ended with him on death row. Working through the pain of lost friendship and unshared secrets, the girls collaborate to search for the truth when another girl is killed. Did they help convict an innocent man? Has the real killer returned to Fayette? How does Tessa's long-lost sister fit into all this, and what happened to her mother? The world of a working-class town in Pennsylvania comes alive as Callie deals with her pain through hard partying and Tessa attempts to escape her guilty disquiet by immersing herself in her sleuthing. Through strong character development and thrilling reveals, readers become as engrossed as Tessa as she searches for the truth and deals with the emotions of her past. VERDICT As a dark psychological thriller with a compelling story and an unexpected but satisfying ending, this novel is a sure bet.—Genevieve Feldman, San Francisco Public Library --Genevieve Feldman (Reviewed 03/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 3, p160)
  • In a gripping novel that could have been ripped from the headlines, newcomer Thomas introduces Tessa, a young woman who lost everything she ever knew, only to have the past reach out to take even more. With her father dying in prison, Tessa makes the difficult journey from Florida, where she had been living with her grandmother, back to Fayette, Pa. Years ago, Tessa and her best friend Callie had been instrumental in putting a serial killer in jail. Now, people aren't entirely sure that he was guilty—the real killer may still be at large. To complicate matters, Tessa's runaway older sister has resurfaced, and Tessa is desperate to find her, as well as their missing mother. Suffused with chilling detail, the story is slow to gain momentum, trailing through numerous red herrings that may be as frustrating for some readers as they are Tessa. However, a truly surprising ending and the aching beauty of Tessa and Callie's friendship, reforged in adversity, ensure a memorable, disquieting read. Ages 14–up. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Apr.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 03/28/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 13, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10459203
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1990-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Thomas, Kara
Dewey number
  • 813/.6
  • Fic
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.1.T46
LC item number
Dar 2016
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Detective and mystery stories
  • Mystery and detective stories
  • Serial murderers
  • Murder
  • Secrets
  • Friendship
  • Sisters
  • Young adult fiction
  • Detective and mystery stories
  • Pennsylvania
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The darkest corners, Kara Thomas
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9780553521467
Lccn
2015004181
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)907298404
  • (OCoLC)ocn907298404
  • 494009
Label
The darkest corners, Kara Thomas
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9780553521467
Lccn
2015004181
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)907298404
  • (OCoLC)ocn907298404
  • 494009

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