October 26, 2021

#BookReview: All These Bodies by Kendare Blake






Synopsis: Sixteen bloodless bodies. Two teenagers. One impossible explanation.

Summer 1958—a string of murders plagues the Midwest. The victims are found in their cars and in their homes—even in their beds—their bodies drained, but with no blood anywhere. 

September 19- the Carlson family is slaughtered in their Minnesota farmhouse, and the case gets its first lead: 15-year-old Marie Catherine Hale is found at the scene. She is covered in blood from head to toe, and at first she’s mistaken for a survivor. But not a drop of the blood is hers.

Michael Jensen, son of the local sheriff, yearns to become a journalist and escape his small-town. He never imagined that the biggest story in the country would fall into his lap, or that he would be pulled into the investigation, when Marie decides that he is the only one she will confess to. 

As Marie recounts her version of the story, it falls to Michael to find the truth: What really happened the night that the Carlsons were killed? And how did one girl wind up in the middle of all these bodies?



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Rating: 2 Stars
My Review:  The prologue on this one was AMAZING!! I could not put it down. But after the story really got going the writing became choppy and I felt like I was reading a news report vs a story.  I kind of wished that the story would have been told by the girls POV.  The story felt disconnected and I just didn't care about the characters. 





Review

"Fantastically disturbing and expertly eerie." -- Stephanie Garber, #1 bestselling author of the Caraval series

“A chilling psychological thriller that effectively pulls from true crimes, folklore, and urban legends.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“An insightful look at our morbid curiosity about murderers.” -- Kirkus Reviews

"Through an assured voice and a vividly wrought small-town atmosphere, Blake swiftly draws readers into this tense historical thriller inspired by a real-life murder spree." -- Publishers Weekly

“Reads like true crime. A chilling descent into the human psyche.” -- Booklist

“Timid, polite Michael and bold, headstrong Marie carry the story forward on their own.” -- School Library Journal

About the Author

Kendare Blake is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series. She holds an MA in creative writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She is also the author of Anna Dressed in Blood, a Cybils Awards finalist; Girl of NightmaresAntigoddessMortal Gods; and Ungodly. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages, have been featured on multiple best-of-year lists, and have received many regional and librarian awards. Kendare lives and writes in Gig Harbor, Washington. Visit her online at www.kendareblake.com.










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