All These Bodies
by Kendare Blake

Thank you so much to Harper Collins Canada and HCC Frenzy for gifting me an electronic ARC of All These Bodies by Kendare Blake via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

All These Bodies was published on September 21, 2021—OUT NOW!

All These Bodies is a YA horror novel about a fifteen year old girl who is arrested for a series of gruesome murders that take place in the 50s across the Midwest—also known as the Bloodless Murders, where the victims are found dead, completely drained of their blood.  When Marie Catherine Hale is found covered in blood at the house where the Carlson family has been murdered, she is, at first, believed to be a near victim.  However, as the story progresses, it becomes clear that she is somehow involved.  Is Marie Catherine Hale a witness? Is she the murderer? Is she an accomplice?  WHO is she, really?  The only one who can get to the truth of the story is Michael, the sheriff’s teenage son and aspiring journalist—he is the one person that Marie Catherine Hale is willing to tell.

There was just something about this book that I absolutely loved.  When I was reading it, it honestly gave me all of the eerie feelings and chills that I get when I watch a true crime docu-series or listen to an episode of a good true crime podcast.  I’m not surprised though because this book was inspired by the real-life killings of the Clutter family from Holcomb, Kansas.  Knowing that it is inspired by a real-life crime gives it a seriousness that I don’t normally get from other crime books, which I really appreciated.

This story is so atmospheric and eerie; the writing is perfect for the time period, which also helps the reader to be completely transported and immersed into the happenings of this small town.  The setting was just perfect.

I also LOVED Micheal’s voice and hearing the story told through his perspective.  He was my by far my favourite character and I loved reading his thoughts on Marie and how they slowly changes.  She is a frustrating and morally grey character—but seeing how Michael dealt with who she is was my favourite part.

The only thing that I wasn’t a fan of was the supernatural aspect of the book that reveals itself towards the end.  I understand why it’s there, but it just wasn’t my favourite and wish that it had stuck more to the true crime vein that it had seemed to be following.

If you’re looking for a spooky horror book that reads like a true crime documentary, then this is a great book to choose!


About All These Bodies:

Sixteen bloodless bodies. Two teenagers. One impossible explanation.

Summer 1958—a string of murders plagues the Midwest. The victims are found in their cars and in their homes—even in their beds—their bodies drained, but with no blood anywhere.

September 19- the Carlson family is slaughtered in their Minnesota farmhouse, and the case gets its first lead: 15-year-old Marie Catherine Hale is found at the scene. She is covered in blood from head to toe, and at first she’s mistaken for a survivor. But not a drop of the blood is hers.

Michael Jensen, son of the local sheriff, yearns to become a journalist and escape his small-town. He never imagined that the biggest story in the country would fall into his lap, or that he would be pulled into the investigation, when Marie decides that he is the only one she will confess to.

As Marie recounts her version of the story, it falls to Michael to find the truth: What really happened the night that the Carlsons were killed? And how did one girl wind up in the middle of all these bodies?

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