No Saints in Kansas by Amy Brashear

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No Saints in Kansas Read Online Free - 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.

Title : No Saints in Kansas
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ISBN : 1616956836
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Jen rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 16, 2017

For the record, I love Truman Capote's writing and true crime in general. And a re-imagining of Capote's In Cold Blood (which itself is Capote's take on a real life 1950s-era murder) sounds like a cool idea to me. But the first few chapters of this were not very gripping. For reasons that were no...

Olivia rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 07, 2017

Fans of Truman Capote and his infamous In Cold Blood may be intrigued by this new YA novel that fictionalizes how the teens in Holcomb reacted to the tragic events of the time. While it may seem like an interesting concept to focus on the teen perspective of the notorious Clutter family murders,...

Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd) rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 15, 2017

“People always think highly of the dead when they’re dead. It’s definitely not how they thought of them when they were alive.” No Saints in Kansas is a reimagining of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. We follow Carly Flemming as she and the town come to grips with the grisly murders of the Clutter fa...

Cynthia rated it ★★★★☆

September 18, 2017

It's all but impossible not to refer back to Capote's beautiful classic prose and storytelling (fact telling) in "In Cold Blood" and in fact brashear includes many clever references back to Capote's work but that isn't her focus. Her focus is to retell the story through a fellow teenager's eyes f...

Amy's Book Reviews rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 23, 2017

1.5 STARS In 1959, the 4 members of the Clutter family were murdered. Truman Capote wrote the famous fictionalized non-fiction account, IN COLD BLOOD spawning a few movies and documentaries. **Factoid “Nell” Harper Lee accompanied her friend Capote during the days following the murders to assist wi...

Fremom3 rated it ★☆☆☆☆

October 14, 2017

My (former?) friend and fellow librarian handed me this ARC, because she knows I am a fan of IN COLD BLOOD, and because she can’t read them all. I will NOT be recommending this book for purchase in our library. I question the amount of interest that the average teen will have in a nearly 60 year o...

Laura rated it ★★★★★

August 14, 2017

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 famil...

Grace rated it ★★★★☆

December 19, 2017

This book lived up to many of my expectations of a retelling of the classic "In Cold Blood". Although I felt that some characters were less developed and could have been more integral to the plot, this was a great look at Holcomb, Kansas from the outside. Carly Fleming even reminded me of Scout F...

grieshaber_reads rated it ★★★★☆

February 09, 2018

Ouch, why all the hate, Goodreads? No Saints in Kansas is not Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and that’s perfectly fine because author, Amy Brashear, isn’t trying to rewrite In Cold Blood. As she explains in her author’s note, Ms. Brashear became fascinated by the Clutter family murders (the focus...

Arrington (agirlandher_books) rated it ★★★☆☆

November 06, 2017

Let me start by saying that In Cold Blood is one of my all time favorite books. I was so excited that this was a young adult book teaching a new generation about this horrific crime and about such a classic book. I was a little let down though. I was not crazy about the narrator Carly. She is not...

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