No Saints in Kansas

No Saints in Kansas

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 A gripping reimagining of Truman Capote?s In Cold Blood and the brutal murders that inspired it November ...

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Title:No Saints in Kansas
Author:Amy Brashear
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:1616956836
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

No Saints in Kansas Reviews

  • Sarah
    Nov 05, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...

    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....

    An interesting take on In Cold Blood, with a fictitious heroine. ...

    Pretty hard to not compare it to Truman Capote, and In Cold Blood is hard to beat. ...

  • Kelly
    May 10, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

  • Cynthia
    Sep 18, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

  • Julie
    Oct 25, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...

    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....

    An interesting take on In Cold Blood, with a fictitious heroine. ...

    Pretty hard to not compare it to Truman Capote, and In Cold Blood is hard to beat. ...

    I wasn't a big fan of the character - she irritated me, although I think a lot of teens can connect to her - but I kept reading because I had hope for the plot but it never had that big moment I was waiting for. It all just felt like it could've been so much more than it was; there was...

  • Brooke
    Feb 23, 2018

    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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...

    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....

    An interesting take on In Cold Blood, with a fictitious heroine. ...

  • Brandi
    Sep 02, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...

    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....

    An interesting take on In Cold Blood, with a fictitious heroine. ...

    Pretty hard to not compare it to Truman Capote, and In Cold Blood is hard to beat. ...

    I wasn't a big fan of the character - she irritated me, although I think a lot of teens can connect to her - but I kept reading because I had hope for the plot but it never had that big moment I was waiting for. It all just felt like it could've been so much more than it was; there was...

    A re-imagining of In Cold Blood? Yes please! I can't believe this hasn't been done before. I had 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 tho...

    DNF'd this one. Brashear had a really good idea but failed to bring it to fruition. The MC, an angsty, whiny teenager named Carly Fleming tries to "solve" the Clutter murders, made famous by Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood". I did not like Carly at all. Her character was annoying ...

    This was a retelling of the classic In Cold Blood story. Teenage Carly was best friends with (okay really like the nerdy tutor of) Nancy Clutter, one of the family who was murdered by an unknown killer. Carly finds herself obsessed with finding the answers, along with the local police,...

    I thought this was a well written and compelling book, it?s interesting to read about people, even if they are fictional, reacting to real events. I read In Cold Blood last year and thought that it was also well written, if not disturbing because of the subject matter. A family of fo...

    NO SAINTS IN KANSAS by Amy Brashear If you are at all familiar with Truman Capote?s IN COLD BLOOD, you will recognize the story Brashear has used as the backdrop for her teen angst novel. Outsider Carly is a ?friend? of Nancy Clutter who is the ultimate insider. The novel revolv...

    I?m surprised to see such negative reviews. I loved this book! Maybe I liked it a lot because I had never read In Cold Blood, nor have I heard of the Clutter murders, so I had nothing to compare it to. ...

    DNF ...

    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...

  • Carrie O'Maley Voliva
    Jul 01, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...

    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....

    An interesting take on In Cold Blood, with a fictitious heroine. ...

    Pretty hard to not compare it to Truman Capote, and In Cold Blood is hard to beat. ...

    I wasn't a big fan of the character - she irritated me, although I think a lot of teens can connect to her - but I kept reading because I had hope for the plot but it never had that big moment I was waiting for. It all just felt like it could've been so much more than it was; there was...

    A re-imagining of In Cold Blood? Yes please! I can't believe this hasn't been done before. I had 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 tho...

    DNF'd this one. Brashear had a really good idea but failed to bring it to fruition. The MC, an angsty, whiny teenager named Carly Fleming tries to "solve" the Clutter murders, made famous by Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood". I did not like Carly at all. Her character was annoying ...

    This was a retelling of the classic In Cold Blood story. Teenage Carly was best friends with (okay really like the nerdy tutor of) Nancy Clutter, one of the family who was murdered by an unknown killer. Carly finds herself obsessed with finding the answers, along with the local police,...

    I thought this was a well written and compelling book, it?s interesting to read about people, even if they are fictional, reacting to real events. I read In Cold Blood last year and thought that it was also well written, if not disturbing because of the subject matter. A family of fo...

    NO SAINTS IN KANSAS by Amy Brashear If you are at all familiar with Truman Capote?s IN COLD BLOOD, you will recognize the story Brashear has used as the backdrop for her teen angst novel. Outsider Carly is a ?friend? of Nancy Clutter who is the ultimate insider. The novel revolv...

    I?m surprised to see such negative reviews. I loved this book! Maybe I liked it a lot because I had never read In Cold Blood, nor have I heard of the Clutter murders, so I had nothing to compare it to. ...

    DNF ...

    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...

    1.5 I 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...

    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 Kansa...

    A good reimagining of a gripping story. Enjoyable. ...

    DNF @ 26%: Include me in the chorus of "It's really weird how Carly keeps haranguing about how she and Nancy would've been Real, True, Public and Popular Friends if only Nancy hadn't been inconveniently murdered along with her whole family (including Carly's younger brother's bff) and ...

    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 con...

  • Becky
    Nov 30, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...

    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....

    An interesting take on In Cold Blood, with a fictitious heroine. ...

    Pretty hard to not compare it to Truman Capote, and In Cold Blood is hard to beat. ...

    I wasn't a big fan of the character - she irritated me, although I think a lot of teens can connect to her - but I kept reading because I had hope for the plot but it never had that big moment I was waiting for. It all just felt like it could've been so much more than it was; there was...

    A re-imagining of In Cold Blood? Yes please! I can't believe this hasn't been done before. I had 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 tho...

    DNF'd this one. Brashear had a really good idea but failed to bring it to fruition. The MC, an angsty, whiny teenager named Carly Fleming tries to "solve" the Clutter murders, made famous by Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood". I did not like Carly at all. Her character was annoying ...

    This was a retelling of the classic In Cold Blood story. Teenage Carly was best friends with (okay really like the nerdy tutor of) Nancy Clutter, one of the family who was murdered by an unknown killer. Carly finds herself obsessed with finding the answers, along with the local police,...

    I thought this was a well written and compelling book, it?s interesting to read about people, even if they are fictional, reacting to real events. I read In Cold Blood last year and thought that it was also well written, if not disturbing because of the subject matter. A family of fo...

    NO SAINTS IN KANSAS by Amy Brashear If you are at all familiar with Truman Capote?s IN COLD BLOOD, you will recognize the story Brashear has used as the backdrop for her teen angst novel. Outsider Carly is a ?friend? of Nancy Clutter who is the ultimate insider. The novel revolv...

  • grieshaber_reads
    Feb 09, 2018

    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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

  • Ms. Nguyen
    Jun 23, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...

    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....

    An interesting take on In Cold Blood, with a fictitious heroine. ...

    Pretty hard to not compare it to Truman Capote, and In Cold Blood is hard to beat. ...

    I wasn't a big fan of the character - she irritated me, although I think a lot of teens can connect to her - but I kept reading because I had hope for the plot but it never had that big moment I was waiting for. It all just felt like it could've been so much more than it was; there was...

    A re-imagining of In Cold Blood? Yes please! I can't believe this hasn't been done before. I had 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 tho...

    DNF'd this one. Brashear had a really good idea but failed to bring it to fruition. The MC, an angsty, whiny teenager named Carly Fleming tries to "solve" the Clutter murders, made famous by Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood". I did not like Carly at all. Her character was annoying ...

    This was a retelling of the classic In Cold Blood story. Teenage Carly was best friends with (okay really like the nerdy tutor of) Nancy Clutter, one of the family who was murdered by an unknown killer. Carly finds herself obsessed with finding the answers, along with the local police,...

    I thought this was a well written and compelling book, it?s interesting to read about people, even if they are fictional, reacting to real events. I read In Cold Blood last year and thought that it was also well written, if not disturbing because of the subject matter. A family of fo...

    NO SAINTS IN KANSAS by Amy Brashear If you are at all familiar with Truman Capote?s IN COLD BLOOD, you will recognize the story Brashear has used as the backdrop for her teen angst novel. Outsider Carly is a ?friend? of Nancy Clutter who is the ultimate insider. The novel revolv...

    I?m surprised to see such negative reviews. I loved this book! Maybe I liked it a lot because I had never read In Cold Blood, nor have I heard of the Clutter murders, so I had nothing to compare it to. ...

    DNF ...

    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...

    1.5 I 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...

    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 Kansa...

    A good reimagining of a gripping story. Enjoyable. ...

    DNF @ 26%: Include me in the chorus of "It's really weird how Carly keeps haranguing about how she and Nancy would've been Real, True, Public and Popular Friends if only Nancy hadn't been inconveniently murdered along with her whole family (including Carly's younger brother's bff) and ...

    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 con...

    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. ...

  • Jen Ryland
    Nov 08, 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 reaso...

  • Sarah
    Aug 22, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...

    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....

    An interesting take on In Cold Blood, with a fictitious heroine. ...

    Pretty hard to not compare it to Truman Capote, and In Cold Blood is hard to beat. ...

    I wasn't a big fan of the character - she irritated me, although I think a lot of teens can connect to her - but I kept reading because I had hope for the plot but it never had that big moment I was waiting for. It all just felt like it could've been so much more than it was; there was...

    A re-imagining of In Cold Blood? Yes please! I can't believe this hasn't been done before. I had 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 tho...

    DNF'd this one. Brashear had a really good idea but failed to bring it to fruition. The MC, an angsty, whiny teenager named Carly Fleming tries to "solve" the Clutter murders, made famous by Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood". I did not like Carly at all. Her character was annoying ...

    This was a retelling of the classic In Cold Blood story. Teenage Carly was best friends with (okay really like the nerdy tutor of) Nancy Clutter, one of the family who was murdered by an unknown killer. Carly finds herself obsessed with finding the answers, along with the local police,...

    I thought this was a well written and compelling book, it?s interesting to read about people, even if they are fictional, reacting to real events. I read In Cold Blood last year and thought that it was also well written, if not disturbing because of the subject matter. A family of fo...

    NO SAINTS IN KANSAS by Amy Brashear If you are at all familiar with Truman Capote?s IN COLD BLOOD, you will recognize the story Brashear has used as the backdrop for her teen angst novel. Outsider Carly is a ?friend? of Nancy Clutter who is the ultimate insider. The novel revolv...

    I?m surprised to see such negative reviews. I loved this book! Maybe I liked it a lot because I had never read In Cold Blood, nor have I heard of the Clutter murders, so I had nothing to compare it to. ...

    DNF ...

    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...

    1.5 I 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...

    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 Kansa...

  • Cherise
    Oct 02, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...

    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....

    An interesting take on In Cold Blood, with a fictitious heroine. ...

    Pretty hard to not compare it to Truman Capote, and In Cold Blood is hard to beat. ...

    I wasn't a big fan of the character - she irritated me, although I think a lot of teens can connect to her - but I kept reading because I had hope for the plot but it never had that big moment I was waiting for. It all just felt like it could've been so much more than it was; there was...

    A re-imagining of In Cold Blood? Yes please! I can't believe this hasn't been done before. I had 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 tho...

    DNF'd this one. Brashear had a really good idea but failed to bring it to fruition. The MC, an angsty, whiny teenager named Carly Fleming tries to "solve" the Clutter murders, made famous by Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood". I did not like Carly at all. Her character was annoying ...

    This was a retelling of the classic In Cold Blood story. Teenage Carly was best friends with (okay really like the nerdy tutor of) Nancy Clutter, one of the family who was murdered by an unknown killer. Carly finds herself obsessed with finding the answers, along with the local police,...

    I thought this was a well written and compelling book, it?s interesting to read about people, even if they are fictional, reacting to real events. I read In Cold Blood last year and thought that it was also well written, if not disturbing because of the subject matter. A family of fo...

    NO SAINTS IN KANSAS by Amy Brashear If you are at all familiar with Truman Capote?s IN COLD BLOOD, you will recognize the story Brashear has used as the backdrop for her teen angst novel. Outsider Carly is a ?friend? of Nancy Clutter who is the ultimate insider. The novel revolv...

    I?m surprised to see such negative reviews. I loved this book! Maybe I liked it a lot because I had never read In Cold Blood, nor have I heard of the Clutter murders, so I had nothing to compare it to. ...

    DNF ...

  • Marisa
    Nov 26, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...

    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....

    An interesting take on In Cold Blood, with a fictitious heroine. ...

    Pretty hard to not compare it to Truman Capote, and In Cold Blood is hard to beat. ...

    I wasn't a big fan of the character - she irritated me, although I think a lot of teens can connect to her - but I kept reading because I had hope for the plot but it never had that big moment I was waiting for. It all just felt like it could've been so much more than it was; there was...

    A re-imagining of In Cold Blood? Yes please! I can't believe this hasn't been done before. I had 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 tho...

    DNF'd this one. Brashear had a really good idea but failed to bring it to fruition. The MC, an angsty, whiny teenager named Carly Fleming tries to "solve" the Clutter murders, made famous by Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood". I did not like Carly at all. Her character was annoying ...

    This was a retelling of the classic In Cold Blood story. Teenage Carly was best friends with (okay really like the nerdy tutor of) Nancy Clutter, one of the family who was murdered by an unknown killer. Carly finds herself obsessed with finding the answers, along with the local police,...

    I thought this was a well written and compelling book, it?s interesting to read about people, even if they are fictional, reacting to real events. I read In Cold Blood last year and thought that it was also well written, if not disturbing because of the subject matter. A family of fo...

    NO SAINTS IN KANSAS by Amy Brashear If you are at all familiar with Truman Capote?s IN COLD BLOOD, you will recognize the story Brashear has used as the backdrop for her teen angst novel. Outsider Carly is a ?friend? of Nancy Clutter who is the ultimate insider. The novel revolv...

    I?m surprised to see such negative reviews. I loved this book! Maybe I liked it a lot because I had never read In Cold Blood, nor have I heard of the Clutter murders, so I had nothing to compare it to. ...

    DNF ...

    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...

    1.5 I 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...

    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 Kansa...

    A good reimagining of a gripping story. Enjoyable. ...

  • Amy's Book Reviews
    Dec 23, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

  • Cait
    Dec 04, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...

    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....

    An interesting take on In Cold Blood, with a fictitious heroine. ...

    Pretty hard to not compare it to Truman Capote, and In Cold Blood is hard to beat. ...

    I wasn't a big fan of the character - she irritated me, although I think a lot of teens can connect to her - but I kept reading because I had hope for the plot but it never had that big moment I was waiting for. It all just felt like it could've been so much more than it was; there was...

    A re-imagining of In Cold Blood? Yes please! I can't believe this hasn't been done before. I had 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 tho...

    DNF'd this one. Brashear had a really good idea but failed to bring it to fruition. The MC, an angsty, whiny teenager named Carly Fleming tries to "solve" the Clutter murders, made famous by Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood". I did not like Carly at all. Her character was annoying ...

    This was a retelling of the classic In Cold Blood story. Teenage Carly was best friends with (okay really like the nerdy tutor of) Nancy Clutter, one of the family who was murdered by an unknown killer. Carly finds herself obsessed with finding the answers, along with the local police,...

    I thought this was a well written and compelling book, it?s interesting to read about people, even if they are fictional, reacting to real events. I read In Cold Blood last year and thought that it was also well written, if not disturbing because of the subject matter. A family of fo...

    NO SAINTS IN KANSAS by Amy Brashear If you are at all familiar with Truman Capote?s IN COLD BLOOD, you will recognize the story Brashear has used as the backdrop for her teen angst novel. Outsider Carly is a ?friend? of Nancy Clutter who is the ultimate insider. The novel revolv...

    I?m surprised to see such negative reviews. I loved this book! Maybe I liked it a lot because I had never read In Cold Blood, nor have I heard of the Clutter murders, so I had nothing to compare it to. ...

  • Katherine
    Mar 28, 2018

    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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

  • Caitie
    Nov 24, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...

    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....

    An interesting take on In Cold Blood, with a fictitious heroine. ...

    Pretty hard to not compare it to Truman Capote, and In Cold Blood is hard to beat. ...

    I wasn't a big fan of the character - she irritated me, although I think a lot of teens can connect to her - but I kept reading because I had hope for the plot but it never had that big moment I was waiting for. It all just felt like it could've been so much more than it was; there was...

    A re-imagining of In Cold Blood? Yes please! I can't believe this hasn't been done before. I had 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 tho...

    DNF'd this one. Brashear had a really good idea but failed to bring it to fruition. The MC, an angsty, whiny teenager named Carly Fleming tries to "solve" the Clutter murders, made famous by Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood". I did not like Carly at all. Her character was annoying ...

    This was a retelling of the classic In Cold Blood story. Teenage Carly was best friends with (okay really like the nerdy tutor of) Nancy Clutter, one of the family who was murdered by an unknown killer. Carly finds herself obsessed with finding the answers, along with the local police,...

    I thought this was a well written and compelling book, it?s interesting to read about people, even if they are fictional, reacting to real events. I read In Cold Blood last year and thought that it was also well written, if not disturbing because of the subject matter. A family of fo...

  • Sarah
    Dec 04, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...

    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....

    An interesting take on In Cold Blood, with a fictitious heroine. ...

    Pretty hard to not compare it to Truman Capote, and In Cold Blood is hard to beat. ...

    I wasn't a big fan of the character - she irritated me, although I think a lot of teens can connect to her - but I kept reading because I had hope for the plot but it never had that big moment I was waiting for. It all just felt like it could've been so much more than it was; there was...

    A re-imagining of In Cold Blood? Yes please! I can't believe this hasn't been done before. I had 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 tho...

    DNF'd this one. Brashear had a really good idea but failed to bring it to fruition. The MC, an angsty, whiny teenager named Carly Fleming tries to "solve" the Clutter murders, made famous by Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood". I did not like Carly at all. Her character was annoying ...

    This was a retelling of the classic In Cold Blood story. Teenage Carly was best friends with (okay really like the nerdy tutor of) Nancy Clutter, one of the family who was murdered by an unknown killer. Carly finds herself obsessed with finding the answers, along with the local police,...

  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    Oct 08, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

  • Rachael
    Sep 15, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...

    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....

    An interesting take on In Cold Blood, with a fictitious heroine. ...

    Pretty hard to not compare it to Truman Capote, and In Cold Blood is hard to beat. ...

    I wasn't a big fan of the character - she irritated me, although I think a lot of teens can connect to her - but I kept reading because I had hope for the plot but it never had that big moment I was waiting for. It all just felt like it could've been so much more than it was; there was...

    A re-imagining of In Cold Blood? Yes please! I can't believe this hasn't been done before. I had 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 tho...

    DNF'd this one. Brashear had a really good idea but failed to bring it to fruition. The MC, an angsty, whiny teenager named Carly Fleming tries to "solve" the Clutter murders, made famous by Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood". I did not like Carly at all. Her character was annoying ...

    This was a retelling of the classic In Cold Blood story. Teenage Carly was best friends with (okay really like the nerdy tutor of) Nancy Clutter, one of the family who was murdered by an unknown killer. Carly finds herself obsessed with finding the answers, along with the local police,...

    I thought this was a well written and compelling book, it?s interesting to read about people, even if they are fictional, reacting to real events. I read In Cold Blood last year and thought that it was also well written, if not disturbing because of the subject matter. A family of fo...

    NO SAINTS IN KANSAS by Amy Brashear If you are at all familiar with Truman Capote?s IN COLD BLOOD, you will recognize the story Brashear has used as the backdrop for her teen angst novel. Outsider Carly is a ?friend? of Nancy Clutter who is the ultimate insider. The novel revolv...

    I?m surprised to see such negative reviews. I loved this book! Maybe I liked it a lot because I had never read In Cold Blood, nor have I heard of the Clutter murders, so I had nothing to compare it to. ...

    DNF ...

    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...

    1.5 I 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...

  • viktoria
    Jun 28, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...

    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....

    An interesting take on In Cold Blood, with a fictitious heroine. ...

    Pretty hard to not compare it to Truman Capote, and In Cold Blood is hard to beat. ...

    I wasn't a big fan of the character - she irritated me, although I think a lot of teens can connect to her - but I kept reading because I had hope for the plot but it never had that big moment I was waiting for. It all just felt like it could've been so much more than it was; there was...

    A re-imagining of In Cold Blood? Yes please! I can't believe this hasn't been done before. I had 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 tho...

    DNF'd this one. Brashear had a really good idea but failed to bring it to fruition. The MC, an angsty, whiny teenager named Carly Fleming tries to "solve" the Clutter murders, made famous by Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood". I did not like Carly at all. Her character was annoying ...

    This was a retelling of the classic In Cold Blood story. Teenage Carly was best friends with (okay really like the nerdy tutor of) Nancy Clutter, one of the family who was murdered by an unknown killer. Carly finds herself obsessed with finding the answers, along with the local police,...

    I thought this was a well written and compelling book, it?s interesting to read about people, even if they are fictional, reacting to real events. I read In Cold Blood last year and thought that it was also well written, if not disturbing because of the subject matter. A family of fo...

    NO SAINTS IN KANSAS by Amy Brashear If you are at all familiar with Truman Capote?s IN COLD BLOOD, you will recognize the story Brashear has used as the backdrop for her teen angst novel. Outsider Carly is a ?friend? of Nancy Clutter who is the ultimate insider. The novel revolv...

    I?m surprised to see such negative reviews. I loved this book! Maybe I liked it a lot because I had never read In Cold Blood, nor have I heard of the Clutter murders, so I had nothing to compare it to. ...

    DNF ...

    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...

    1.5 I 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...

    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 Kansa...

    A good reimagining of a gripping story. Enjoyable. ...

    DNF @ 26%: Include me in the chorus of "It's really weird how Carly keeps haranguing about how she and Nancy would've been Real, True, Public and Popular Friends if only Nancy hadn't been inconveniently murdered along with her whole family (including Carly's younger brother's bff) and ...

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    Feb 26, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

  • Jessie Wagoner
    Aug 29, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...

    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....

    An interesting take on In Cold Blood, with a fictitious heroine. ...

    Pretty hard to not compare it to Truman Capote, and In Cold Blood is hard to beat. ...

    I wasn't a big fan of the character - she irritated me, although I think a lot of teens can connect to her - but I kept reading because I had hope for the plot but it never had that big moment I was waiting for. It all just felt like it could've been so much more than it was; there was...

    A re-imagining of In Cold Blood? Yes please! I can't believe this hasn't been done before. I had 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 tho...

    DNF'd this one. Brashear had a really good idea but failed to bring it to fruition. The MC, an angsty, whiny teenager named Carly Fleming tries to "solve" the Clutter murders, made famous by Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood". I did not like Carly at all. Her character was annoying ...

    This was a retelling of the classic In Cold Blood story. Teenage Carly was best friends with (okay really like the nerdy tutor of) Nancy Clutter, one of the family who was murdered by an unknown killer. Carly finds herself obsessed with finding the answers, along with the local police,...

    I thought this was a well written and compelling book, it?s interesting to read about people, even if they are fictional, reacting to real events. I read In Cold Blood last year and thought that it was also well written, if not disturbing because of the subject matter. A family of fo...

    NO SAINTS IN KANSAS by Amy Brashear If you are at all familiar with Truman Capote?s IN COLD BLOOD, you will recognize the story Brashear has used as the backdrop for her teen angst novel. Outsider Carly is a ?friend? of Nancy Clutter who is the ultimate insider. The novel revolv...

    I?m surprised to see such negative reviews. I loved this book! Maybe I liked it a lot because I had never read In Cold Blood, nor have I heard of the Clutter murders, so I had nothing to compare it to. ...

    DNF ...

    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...

    1.5 I 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...

    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 Kansa...

    A good reimagining of a gripping story. Enjoyable. ...

    DNF @ 26%: Include me in the chorus of "It's really weird how Carly keeps haranguing about how she and Nancy would've been Real, True, Public and Popular Friends if only Nancy hadn't been inconveniently murdered along with her whole family (including Carly's younger brother's bff) and ...

    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 con...

    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. ...

    what a fascinating read. It was interesting to read about the Clutter murders from another point of view. Well done! ...

  • Laura Henderson
    Aug 14, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

  • Bamboozlepig
    Nov 23, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...

    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....

    An interesting take on In Cold Blood, with a fictitious heroine. ...

    Pretty hard to not compare it to Truman Capote, and In Cold Blood is hard to beat. ...

    I wasn't a big fan of the character - she irritated me, although I think a lot of teens can connect to her - but I kept reading because I had hope for the plot but it never had that big moment I was waiting for. It all just felt like it could've been so much more than it was; there was...

    A re-imagining of In Cold Blood? Yes please! I can't believe this hasn't been done before. I had 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 tho...

    DNF'd this one. Brashear had a really good idea but failed to bring it to fruition. The MC, an angsty, whiny teenager named Carly Fleming tries to "solve" the Clutter murders, made famous by Truman Capote's book, "In Cold Blood". I did not like Carly at all. Her character was annoying ...

  • Rachitha
    Oct 07, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...

    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....

    An interesting take on In Cold Blood, with a fictitious heroine. ...

    Pretty hard to not compare it to Truman Capote, and In Cold Blood is hard to beat. ...

    I wasn't a big fan of the character - she irritated me, although I think a lot of teens can connect to her - but I kept reading because I had hope for the plot but it never had that big moment I was waiting for. It all just felt like it could've been so much more than it was; there was...

    A re-imagining of In Cold Blood? Yes please! I can't believe this hasn't been done before. I had 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 tho...

  • Fremom3
    Oct 12, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Arrington (agirlandher_books) Moore
    Nov 04, 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...

    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....

  • Grace
    Oct 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 reaso...

    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 famil...

    ?? I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.- In Cold Blood? Synopsis: A wannabe Nancy Drew detective takes it upon herself to bungle up the investigation of what will become the inspiration for Truman Capot...

    ?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 mu...

    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 teenag...

    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 Cl...

    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 t...

    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 ...

    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...

    Unfortunately, this reads like a first draft, with poor pacing, poor plotting, and no character development or emotional arc at all. Readers who don't know IN COLD BLOOD will be bored to tears, and the historical accuracy, particularly when it comes to teens and how they interact and s...

    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...