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

Reviews No Saints in Kansas

  • 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 ...
  • Danielle
    “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...
  • 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 ...
  • Jacquelyn Pace
    I love anything true crime related: documentaries, books, podcasts, you name it. Which was why I was particularly excited to hear that this novel was a take on In Cold Blood, one of the most infamous true crime books of all time. However, No Saints in Kansas isn't just a take on In Cold Blood, it's actually set right in the midst of the murders themselves, creating an interesting blend of fiction and fact. It's that blend of real people and event...
  • Tiger Oma
    I received a copy of No Saints in Kansas from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I have to say, as soon as I read the description of this book on NetGalley, I knew I had to read this book. When I started the book, I wasn’t sure if Amy Brashear was a genius or a fool. I mean, attempting to go beyond Capote in telling the Clutter’s story seemed wrong. The story starts with the murders, but after that, it goes off i...
  • Brandi
    I finished In Cold Blood shortly before reading this novel and perhaps Capote's masterful depiction of the Clutter murders made this one pale in comparison. However, it seems more than that to me. The author made the strange decision to portray Nancy Clutter as something of a "mean girl," a character trait that was absent from Capote's account. Turning an actual beloved victim of a brutal murder into a vain, snooty schoolgirl seems inappropriate ...
  • Rachael
    1.5I never read In Cold Blood, and maybe that was my problem, but I just could not get into No Saints in Kansas no matter how hard I tried. Ugh.The main character, Carly, was really annoying and did not make good decisions. However, it wasn't the kind of bad decisions where you can see where she was coming from or at least see her reasoning behind it, rather, they were the kind of bad decisions that made me sit there and just think "why why why w...
  • Sarah
    I received this copy as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I am a big fan of true crime, and I really enjoyed In Cold Blood. When I heard that this book was being published, I jumped at the chance to try and get a review copy and I am so glad that I did. No Saints In Kansas appealed to the slightly dark part of me that loves mysteries, Dateline, and watching a lot of ID's re-cre shows (I'm looking at you Joe Kenda). Told from the perspective...
  • Rachitha
    A re-imagining of In Cold Blood? Yes please! I can't believe this hasn't been done before. I ad such high hopes for this one, and while I did enjoy a lot about this book, unfortunately, some things just didn't work out for me.I really liked the main character, Carly Fleming. I thought she would annoy me to no end, but I actually appreciate how stubborn and string-willed she is.If not for her, the story would have gone nowhere. Also, the fact that...
  • Darla
    Carly Fleming has been recently transplanted from NYC to Holcomb, KS and is trying to fit in with the kids at her new high school. In the midst of her struggle, the Clutter family is massacred by unknown assailants and Carly is determined to find out what happened to Nancy, the Clutter daughter she had been trying to befriend. There are references to Carly being like Nancy Drew, but she came off as annoying rather than resourceful, rebellious rat...
  • Carli
    Thank you to Soho Teen and Edelweiss for the advance copy of this ebook. All opinions are my own.•⭐⭐⭐/5 for this fictionalized account of a real murder from Kansas in 1959 (the very murder that Truman Capote featured in In Cold Blood). Even though Carly just tutored Nancy Clutter in math, she thought they were good friends. When the Clutter family is found murdered in their home, Carly goes to extremes to try and figure out who could have...
  • Patricia Baker
    received advance uncorrected edition to read and reviewthis is a retelling of Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" as told by a reported best friend of the slain teenage girl in Kansas. story very readable from a YA reading level. the story moves along slow enough for details to be slowly revealed. for those not familiar with the story, this is a softer version of Capote's book. do like the details of Mr Capote and his lifestyle.
  • Carrie O'Maley Voliva
    I sometimes wanted to shake Carly Fleming, the main character, as she just kept digging and getting herself into more and more trouble. I had to keep reminding myself that it was a very different time and sneaking into courthouses would be easier than it is now. It's an interesting concept and kept me interested, despite it being based on true events and therefore taking the mystery out of the murder.
  • Ms. Nguyen
    I was able to read this ebook through Net Galley!I couldn't get through this book. If you're going to touch something as iconic as In Cold Blood, it needs to at least be readable. The pacing was strange, the characters were flat, the writing was just bad.
  • Jessie Wagoner
    what a fascinating read. It was interesting to read about the Clutter murders from another point of view. Well done!
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  • Ashley
    Did not work for me.
  • Erin
    3.5 stars"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 starts off the morning the bodies of the Clutter family are discovered and we get to see memories that Carly has of the family slowly throughout the book.Carly from the wrong Manhatten Fleming is still 'new' in town when Nancy and her family are brutally murdered. While Carly and Nancy weren't...