Posted on Saturday, October 21, 2017

Review: No Saints In Kansas by Amy Brashear

No Saints In Kansas by Amy Brashear



Rating: 3/5 stars

Series: - | Published: November 14th 2017 by Soho Teen
Pages: 320 | Format: Paperback
Source: Sent to me from the publisher, Soho Teen.
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller
Status: read from September 11 to September 29, 2017
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Soho Teen in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read No Saints In Kansas.

“I can smell the kerosene.”


I finished reading this book in September, but I wanted to post my review closer to the publish day, which is on November 14th.

I went into No Saint In Kansas without having read the original story, and I don't know if that was a good thing or a bad thing. I knew of the original book because of this book, since I wasn't born at all near 1959, and I don't live in America. Although, I got a faint feeling of recognition when I read about this event. I may have watched a movie/episode about it. Anyhow, I liked the premise of this story and I enjoyed reading a crime/mystery from someone so young.

Since this above is the case, I couldn't tell if this story did the original one justice. But at least I'm interested in reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote now (heads up! Capote is a character in No Saints In Kansas).

It's so hard reviewing a book about real events. Is it spoiling when it's history and the answer is a google search away?




• Carly was actually rather entertaining in my eyes. She was a real Nancy Drew (or Kitty, as we call her in Sweden). I liked following the story from her perspective because she was always into adventure and detective work, two things I really enjoy reading about. One thing though: I got the impression that Carly was very immature in comparison to her friends. It just felt weird that she seemed so much younger than her same-aged peers. Also, she had quite the obsessive behavior of someone who wasn't at all close to the victims (Nancy in particular). That bothered me a little, but not too much.

• The author did a good job at introducing new suspects. I wrote a few notes while reading and I found a great amount of parts where it felt like the real suspect was presented. But I was wrong, of course.

• It was interesting with a little American history – it wasn't thrown in my face either, which it can appear to be sometimes. I liked the J.F. Kennedy part(s?). I don't know why because it didn't really contribute to the story at all.

• The writing was totally okay. Not stilted if I remember correctly, and it was easy to follow the storyline without getting stuck on "what-does-the-author-mean"-parts. Sometimes, quite often, that can happen.


• The revelation... I'm sorry to say that though, becuase it's not like it could've ended any other way when it's based on real events. But in all fairness, I am disappointed. It wasn't shocking or surprising unfortunately. I only had a okay-if-you-say-so kind of reaction, nothing major.

• Carly kept getting herself in trouble. She basically made herself a suspect in the case. I don't understand how someone could be so stupid. But when I think about it, she was kind of foolish.

• It wasn't much about Carly clearing Bobby's name as I was made to believe, but rather about her being extremely curious. I felt like clearing Bobby's name was like a facade outwards when people asked Carly what she was doing.

• The biggest part of my dislike-list is probably the fact that the book didn't captivate me very much. I don't know what more to say on this topic. Some books captivate you more than others, right?

What is it about?

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.

Have you read this book? What did you think? :)

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