Mckenzie: Tessa and Callie were inseparable growing up in Fayette, Pennsylvania. But at nine years old, their lives and friendship changed drastically when their testimony put a man in prison. But did they really see what they said they saw?
Now, 9 years and a move to Florida later, Tessa is back in that same small town of Fayette once again to see her father before he dies. That’s all. Simple trip there, simple trip back. But what Tessa encounters is more than she ever bargained for, and the visit to her quiet ramshackle little hometown proves to be anything but simple.
This book was, in a word, incredible. There are so many amazing twists and secrets to be revealed that I can’t go into the story too deeply; but when I say you’ll have to read it and see for yourself, I mean it – this one is a must-read. From the oddly fascinating setting of rural Fayette to the fact that nearly every character seems to have their share of secrets, The Darkest Corners is utterly captivating; I was hooked from the first chapter. Tessa is such an interesting main character; and though she doesn’t think very highly of herself, I certainly do. She’s smart and determined and strong, and she has quickly become one of my favorite heroines. I really liked the supporting characters, too – namely Maggie, Decker, and Callie; the latter surprised me, considering some of her actions in the earlier parts of the book, but after some much-needed character growth, she changed my mind.
The Darkest Corners is hands-down one of my favorite reads so far this year, and I really enjoyed buddy-reading it with my mom. The plot is enthralling but not too fast-paced, and the writing is beautiful; I definitely plan on going on the adventure that is this brilliant story again sometime soon.
A huge thank you to Delacorte Press for sending us this book in exchange for our honest review.