We’re officially kicking off the blog tour for Little Monsters today, and it’s such a pleasure to have author Kara Thomas here on the blog to tell us a little bit more about this captivating new thriller!
About the Book
Title: LITTLE MONSTERS
Author: Kara Thomas
Pub. Date: July 25, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
For fans of Pretty Little Liars, Little Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners, about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls.
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.
Interview with Kara Thomas
Little Monsters is one of, if not the, the most gripping YA thriller I’ve read this year. How do approach plotting this type of book, so that the conclusion comes as such a surprise to readers?
Thank you so much! I always plot my books backwards—I know what the resolution is, even if I don’t know exactly how the characters are going to get there. Sometimes the end will evolve as I’m writing, if I’m finding that the twists and turns don’t really hold up and I’m afraid the reader won’t be surprised. The most important thing to me about endings is that they don’t remind the reader of something they’ve already read.
I think Broken Falls was just the perfect setting for this novel. What do you think it is about small towns that make for such perfect settings for mystery/thriller novels?
I’m always drawn to small town settings, because I think there’s something really scary and claustrophobic about the idea that the killer is someone the main character knows.
There are some pretty intense, and sometimes dark, scenes in this book. Were any of them difficult for you to write?
Getting into Bailey’s head for some of her journal entries was difficult. Without spoilers, I can say that her mind goes to a scary, dark place, and I knew that a lot of readers would find her very unlikable. I had to get over making her “likable” for the sake of staying true to the intensity of the emotions she was feeling at that point in the story.
I absolutely loved the urban legend that you incorporated into this story. Do you have any favorite urban legends that you drew inspiration from?
I’ve always been obsessed with urban legends! I basically grew up on Snopes.com. Slender Man was definitely part of the inspiration for the Red Woman in Little Monsters. I’m so horrified and drawn to how that legend has taken shape over the Internet.
What are some YA novels that you would recommend to readers who are fans of Little Monsters?
When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn and Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig. Also anything by Courtney Summers, especially Some Girls Are and All The Rage.
Kara is the author of the critically acclaimed THE DARKEST CORNERS. Her new book, LITTLE MONSTERS, is coming July 25th from Random House/Delacorte. She’s written for everything from her high school newspaper to Warner Brothers Television. You can find her on Long Island, bingeing on true crime podcasts and TV shows.
Enter the Giveaway
3 winners will receive a finished copy of LITTLE MONSTERS, US Only.
Follow the Blog Tour!
Thanks so much to Rockstar Book Tours for hosting this tour! Be sure to check out their website here as well as the other amazing posts on this tour!
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Have you had a chance to pick up Little Monsters just yet? What are some of your favorite YA thrillers?