Title: Little Monsters
Author: Kara Thomas
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: 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.
This is a great young adult thriller.
The story is told from two perspectives, both first-person. The main character is Kacey, and she tells most of the story. Her best friend, Bailey, goes missing, and she ends up finding a lot of the clues to her disappearance. The other narrative is Bailey’s journal. Both of these girls seem reliable, but at times their stories don’t match, so it made me question if they were reliable and what they were hiding.
Kacey had a unique family. She had grown up with her mother, but when she had problems with her and wanted to run away, she was sent to her dad who she had never met. Her dad had a child, Lauren, and a stepson, Andrew. Kacey’s dad was often working so she spent a lot of time with her stepmother, Ashley. This complicated family structure seemed real since it was so unique and modern.
There were tons of twists, which I love in a thriller. There was also a town legend of a woman covered in blood, which added some supernatural elements to the story.
This is a great thriller!
What to read next:
The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
Have you read Little Monsters? What did you think of it?