By Gabriela Cafaro '22
The Darkest Corners is a suspenseful ride that’s really two mysteries in one: Where is Tessa’s sister and what really happened the night Lori was killed…?
The novel opens and it has been ten years since Tessa Lowell left her hometown of Fayette, Pennsylvania. Now, she is eighteen years old and living in Florida. Tessa has no desire to return to Fayette. Having had a falling out with her former best friend, Callie, she has no desire to return to the town where she witnessed the brutal murder of her cousin Lori.
However, Tessa finds out early in the novel that her father is dying in prison. She doesn’t care much for her imprisoned father, but she does feel obligated to see him before he dies. Once in Fayette, Tessa finds Callie recklessly partying, claiming to blow off steam for the last few months before she heads off to college. Tessa is skeptical, believing that Callie is more likely using drugs and alcohol to avoid the trauma of their shared past. Almost immediately after Tessa arrives, trouble begins to arise in her narrative of the events on the night of Lori’s murder.
The search for answers definitely leads to many twists and turns. The author carefully crafts the suspense. I enjoyed this book and the I-didn’t-see-that-coming conclusion was definitely there!