Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I did not know this novel and yet, when I looked on goodreads for reviews I realized that it was really very well rated. I was surprised because I didn’t know about it but I was glad that the French release gave me the opportunity to discover the story.

Kacey is a girl to whom everything smiles. She moved to her father’s and her mother-in-law’s place recently and managed to adapt easily by making two very close friends. Yet when Jade and Bailey get their distance, she does not understand what she could have done and even less when, having decided to go to a party, none of her friends came to pick her up. But now, this evening is going to be a radical turning point in Kacey’s life, especially when it turns out that Bailey disappeared that night. Determined to understand what’s going on, our heroine goes in search of clues but she does not expect her name to be added to the list of suspects.

I really liked this novel. It is a different, surprising story and, it is true, one that shows us that we must not trust appearances. The author has also added chapters from Bailey’s point of view at different times (before her encounter with Kacey until the night of her disappearance) in addition to the present narrative. It was really fascinating to read that and I admit that I did not expect such a turn of events. I easily changed my mind on the culprit, telling myself several times that I knew in advance what had happened and yet I was always wrong.

I let myself be carried away by the story by making me fooled more than once and it is true that I found that the author had managed to do something very interesting.