No Saints in Kansas by Amy Brashear book review

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Synopsis

A gripping reimagining of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and the brutal murders that inspired it

November is usually quiet in Holcomb, Kansas, but in 1959, the town is shattered by the quadruple murder of the Clutter family. Suspicion falls on Nancy Clutter’s boyfriend, Bobby Rupp, the last one to see them alive. New Yorker Carly Fleming, new to the small Midwestern town, is an outsider. She tutored Nancy, and (in private, at least) they were close. Carly and Bobby were the only ones who saw that Nancy was always performing, and that she was cracking under the pressure of being Holcomb’s golden girl. The secret connected Carly and Bobby. Now that Bobby is an outsider, too, they’re bound closer than ever. Determined to clear Bobby’s name, Carly dives into the murder investigation and ends up in trouble with the local authorities. But that’s nothing compared to the wrath she faces from Holcomb once the real perpetrators are caught. When her father is appointed to defend the killers of the Clutter family, the entire town labels the Flemings as traitors. Now Carly must fight for what she knows is right.

Review

This is a marvelous book! As soon as I saw the synopsis for this book I had to get my hands on it! I am an avid fan of Truman Capote and love thriller type books. This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I had already known before I read this book who had murdered the Clutter family due to me reading Capote’s book and researching the actual murders themselves, but this didn’t stop me from needing to keep reading on and turning the pages as fast as possible to see what would happen next! Amy definitely did her research as she stayed with as many true facts as possible including who was Nancy’s boyfriend at the time of the murders. This book was fascinating and great as a young adult read. Amy does a wonderful job at handling the murder scenes without being over the top or adding in too many details to where it would cross any lines of respect due in part to the actual family. I also loved all the extra tidbits to that time period that were slipped in. Such as: JFK running for president, Truman Capote and how he actually was as a person, the strain for that period between the social classes, and the way the town was as a whole. I found the writing wonderful and well done. While this is my first book by this author it wont be the last. I also thoroughly enjoyed the cover to this book. This is a high recommendation and 5 stars from me.

 

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The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood book review

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Synopsis

Plenty of legends surround the infamous Boulder House in Whispering Bluffs, Wisconsin, but nobody takes them seriously. Certainly nobody believes that the original owner, Maxwell Cartwright Jr., cursed its construction—or that a murder of crows died upon its completion, their carcasses turning the land black. If anyone did believe it all, there’s no way River Red High would offer a field trip there for the senior class.

Five very different seniors on the trip—Violet, Paul, Ashley, Dylan, and Gretchen—have reasons beyond school spirit for not ditching the trip. When they’re separated from the group, they discover that what lies within Boulder House is far more horrifying than any local folklore. To survive, they’ll have to band together in ways they never could have imagined and ultimately confront the truths of their darkest selves.

Review

This has to be one of the best horror books I have read in a long time! This book not only brings you horror and edge of your seat action, but also brings to light what it means to grow up. This book has so many valuable meanings within it. I particularly love how it shows high school for what it is, a lesson in growing up. This book does a great job of showing teenagers vs social classes, and finding oneself and learning how to stand up in the face of it all. The plot to this was original and well written. The layout of the house was vivid and imaginative and each scene following the different rooms had me unable to put this book down. This book is well written and truly immerses the reader into the world that the author has written. I particularly loved all the banter back and fourth between the main characters and the objects/ people they come across while going through the different rooms. The suspense to this book keeps building upon itself as you continue along with the story. Id particularly love to see a second book from this with maybe a prequel that tells the story to the folk legend that backs this book as it was very interesting.  This is definitely an author to watch for! 5 stars from me for this wonderful read!