No Saints in Kansas by Amy Brashear

No Saints in Kansas

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

Details No Saints in Kansas

TitleNo Saints in Kansas
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
PublisherSoho Teen
GenreYoung Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fiction

Reviews No Saints in Kansas

  • Jen Ryland
    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 not clear to me, a (fictional) girl named Carly is investigating the murders of her (based on a real person) classmate Nancy and Nancy's family. Carly keep...
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    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, No Saints in Kansas is an inadequate historical fiction novel that has an unrelatable main character, and is a true story that is better left alone.No Sa...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “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 family and trying to find out what happened and why. Things I Liked :This book had really short chapters, which I always love. They let me reall...
  • Cynthia
    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 for a teenage audience. Carly Fleming, her younger jock brother Asher and their defense lawyer father and '50's housewife mother move from Manhattan, the ...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    1.5 STARSIn 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 with the investigation.**The story of the Clutters, and even the story of Capote writing about the murders are both more interesting than NO SAINTS IN ...
  • Fremom3
    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 old murder case, but I guess you never know. This book felt, from the start, like a BAD idea. Most people realize that Truman Capote took liberties (to ...
  • Laura Henderson
    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 ...
  • Grace
    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 Finch in a way, the same determination for justice and being active in the community. I wished this book had gone on even longer because it was such a gre...
  • Arrington (agirlandher_books) Moore
    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 very reliable and in some parts her actions seem a little unbelievable and over the top. I did enjoy that the book touched on high school bullying and h...