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Review: ALL THESE BODIES by Kendare Blake

All These Bodies by Kendare Blake.

Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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?


My Review:

Kendare Blake has a knack for capturing small town life, which gave this book an added spooky appeal. The atmosphere, the characters, the layout of the town, the gatherings and mannerisms of the high school students, etc. It was all written so expertly.

The mystery of the murders drew me right in! Where was all the blood, why was there no struggle, WHO is doing this?? I couldn't wait to know more!

Then it started to hit me why I don't like to read YA books. The suspect will only talk to...yep, the teenager. Teenagers going to save the day. Now this book does sort of acknowledge the silliness there, but it doesn't change anything. I decided to not think about it so much and go on unraveling the mystery because it's a very good one.

Then I started to disconnect from this book early on during one of Marie's confessional interviews with Michael. Again, I rolled my eyes and read on, hoping for some redeeming ending.

Alas, it did not come. That ending was....a let down. It made more questions for me than it answered. It's now hard to look back and remember being so gripped by this book. I feel let down and maybe cheated. So sad as this book started so strong. Wasn't the book for me. I'm giving 2/5 stars for "it was OK".

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