Published by Delacorte on April 19th 2016
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
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The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.
There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.
Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.
Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.
But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.
Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
There are small little changes to the finished book I would make here and there— a book never really feels done. But I’m really grateful for my publishing experience and how the book has been received, so I would have to say no.
If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, action film, science fiction, or other genre of film?
If anyone spent a day in my house, they’d probably describe what goes on in here as a dark comedy!
If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
All I Really Want is a Teacup Pig
What cartoon character best represents your personal philosophy?
Probably Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants, because I can be very antisocial.
If you had to pick to be one character from any book ever created, which would it be? But here’s the catch…this character needs to go on an adventure with one of your characters. Who would be this dynamic duo? Would they have a team name? Would they fight crime or create it?
I would want to be Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings. I think she and my main character from The Darkest Corners, Tessa, would be a really good crime-fighting duo.
In the book Tessa and Cali separate, but if you were one of them, do you think you would want to separate? Is there anything you would do differently?
Tessa and Callie’s friendship is based on a real-life experience. My friend moved away and stopped talking to me, and I was really hurt by it and never even tried to reach out to her and confront her. If I could do it over again, I would have told her how I felt instead of spending all those years in silence, wondering why she cut off our friendship.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Everything! Just kidding. I always find plotting challenging, since I write mysteries that tend to be a little complicated. It’s super important that all of the pieces and clues fit together perfectly, and that’s tough to do without making plot holes.
A good villain is hard to write. How did you get in touch with your inner villain(s) to write The Darkest Corners?
I started with wondering, What is the worst thing I’ve ever done? What sort of things are unforgivable? I like morally gray protagonists— that’s how I wound up with Tessa. Is it okay to lie to protect someone you love, even if it has consequences for an innocent person?
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
No spoilers, but the very last page was my favorite, because it’s a big twist.
Did you learn anything from writing The Darkest Corners and what was it?
I learned that I should ALWAYS write the book that’s in my heart. At first I didn’t want to write The Darkest Corners because I thought it was too dark and violent to be a YA novel. I didn’t know if it would sell, but I wrote it anyway because I loved the story.
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