There’s something about the fall weather that makes me seek out thriller/mystery stories, so I was very excited to see what Little Monsters had in store! It was marketed as “for fans of Pretty Little Liars” – I read the PLL books through book 8 (and then it continued and I didn’t understand why so I stopped reading) and I’ve only ever seen a few episodes of the TV show – but I feel that’s accurate marketing. If you enjoy that series, either book or TV, you will enjoy Little Monsters! (But you can enjoy this book regardless of your feelings of PLL.)
Title: Little Monsters
Author: Kara Thomas
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Little Monsters starts out very typical high school drama and for me, it was a slow, dull beginning. I was waiting to see when it would get interesting and ah, a girl goes missing. Alright, now we’re talking. And from there on, it was fast paced story of “who done it?” that had me guessing until the very end.
Kacey is a likeable MC – she moves in with her father she’s never met, a step-mom who is loving and caring, a step-brother the same age as her, and a younger half sister who adores her after living with her mom in New York City became too much. You think this would cause drama but her family life is pretty average – not perfect but not terrible either. She makes friends with a girl named Bailey shortly after moving into town and by proxy, Bailey’s friend Jade. They become an inseparable trio. Or so it seems.
Things are going well until they aren’t. Appearances can be deceiving and not everything is as happy as it seems on the surface. When Bailey goes missing, everyone is pointing fingers at everyone else and you really don’t know who did it until the very end. Secrets come out. Lies are told and covered up.
Bailey’s journal entries scattered throughout the book, which add some unique insight into her life that she didn’t share with her friends before she went missing. Even the missing girl isn’t who she appeared to be on the surface, but people rarely are just what you see on the surface.
I was eager for more while reading and I just had to find out what would happen next. Very engaging and page turning but also a quick and easy read. I enjoyed this and would recommend it! I listened to this as an audiobook and the narrator was enjoyable to listen to. My only dislike the is the high school drama aspect felt juvenile – but this is YA and these girls are high school seniors so its to be expected.
I did not find this story predictable and I enjoyed the ride of trying to guess who it was! I didn’t figure it out until the very end and I wasn’t disappointed!