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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.
Oh my gosh this book was so good! I read it in two sittings and I didn’t want to put it down.
I read Kara Thomas’s previous book, The Darkest Corners, a couple of years ago and I liked it, but this book was even better!
I had a vague idea before I started reading of what Little Monsters was about, but I didn’t reread the synopsis because sometimes I like to just jump into a book. I’m so glad I didn’t know too much going into this one!
It took me a couple of chapters to work out who was who and Kacey’s family set up, but the story grabbed my attention right away. There was an underlying creepiness to everything, because of a local ghost story, and when one of Kacey’s friends went missing, the creepiness amped up.
This is a great mystery, with a bit of a twistyness to it that I really enjoyed, but more than that, it was such a great story about young girls and friendship. I am always super drawn to those kinds of books, and I loved what this one did with my expectations.
I highly recommend this, and I think if you’re a fan of Courtney Summers, you will like this book too. Kara Thomas has a new book coming out in July, The Cheerleaders, and I will definitely be checking it out!