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.
*Thank you Delacorte Press and NetGalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review.
Little Monsters tells the story of Kacey Young who is still considered fairly new in Broken Falls. She moved into her father’s family a year ago, which is so different from the life she led when she’s living with her mom in New York. Here in Broken Falls, she finally has a close to perfect family–a workaholic dad, an overly protective yet understanding stepmom, a stepbrother and a half sister she gets along very well. She even has friends who welcomed her with open arms to their tight circle, Bailey, and Jade. Finally, all is looking up in Kacey’s life. Until her friends acted distant and didn’t invite her to the most talked about party in town. But Bailey never comes home after that and no one knows where she is. Together with Jade, they tried to look for Bailey without any success. Instead, Kacey started coming across shreds of evidence regarding her friend’s disappearance: Bailey’s cellphone, a dried blood on an abandoned barn and the likes. Suddenly, she’s the focus of the investigation and if that’s not stressful enough, she’s having a conflict with Jade. Seems like it is only Bailey who’s keeping them together and without her, they don’t have anything in common at all. But she’s in for a shocking truth. Because her friends are not what they seem to be. Something sinister is hiding beneath those friendly faces.
Little Monsters is one unexpected, kind of messed up and shocking but definitely good read. After reading it, I literally blurted out, “What the hell did I just read?” and took some time to process everything. The blurb sure is intriguing and the cover is pretty cool. But I was not prepared for what’s inside the beautiful cover. What I like most about it is that the characters are quite unreliable, including Kacey. She had a troubled past which still haunts her every once in a while and the other characters have their own issues to deal with as well. Everyone is not what they appear to be that you can’t help suspecting them to be involved in Bailey’s disappearance. There’s a hint of paranormal stuff going on that will certainly make you wonder and there are also a lot of red herrings thrown that make it hard to guess what really happened. I even had a Gone Girl vibe into it but was proved wrong come revelation. And what a revelation that is. It is one shocking reveal that I never saw coming.
Though it is a quick-read, I find the build up to the big reveal quite slow. I find Kacey frustrating and her decisions questionable at times but I attributed it to her being young and reckless. One more thing is the lack of story on Kacey’s background. Yes, it was implied that she’d been in a real messed up situation but I just want to know more about it. But aside from that, the narrative is gripping enough and the writing style kept me reading until everything was uncovered. Plus, it doesn’t have any romantic scenario going on so the story is mainly focused on the mystery aspect, and well, maybe a bit of family drama.
It was told in Kacey’s POV and some of Bailey’s journal entry. It was hard to like Bailey, and so is Jade, and her journal helped me get to know them, if only for a little, and know what pushed them to do some things. It is astounding how a person can have so much hate in her and resort to doing something evil about it. It is really disturbing.
Little Monsters is not only about the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl. It also shows how dangerous one can get when driven by hate and jealousy. Kara Thomas will take you on a twisted tale of teenage betrayal, manipulation, obsession, secrets and mystery that is full of twist and turn until the end. It is a surprisingly good mystery thriller that will surely appeal to people who likes to read YA mystery.
(*Photos and synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)
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