Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Inside cover 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.”

-from publisher


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If you tell me that a book is like Pretty Little Liars, there’s a very strong possibility that I will read it.

I’m not usually one for thrillers or mysteries, but Little Monsters has a lot to offer. I ended up reading it all in a day. I just had to know what happened and who did it!

Thomas does a great job of creating ambience- Kacey must try to figure out how her best friend Bailey disappeared…in the middle of a Wisconsin winter. Good thing I read this in August, brrrrr.

And I hate books where you know exactly who did it right from the beginning. Little Monsters is not one of those books. Thomas gives you a cast of characters who all seem like possible suspects with valid motives. But I was actually surprised by who ended up being guilty.

This book is like the Pretty Little Liars plot line (in the TV show, of course) involving Ravenswood…but a million times better (because we all know that was a garbage story line).

Plus: Twists and turns and shady friends, with just a hint of paranormal spookiness.

Minus: All the loose ends get wrapped up at the end and I almost wish there had still been a little left to the imagination.

If you like this book, try:


One of Us Is Lying by Karen M McManus- This one has been on my TBR for a while now and I think Little Monsters has put me in the mood to read it. The premise is basically The Breakfast Club, but with murder!

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