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No Saints in Kansas

No Saints in Kansas A gripping reimagining of Truman Capote s In Cold Blood and the brutal murders that inspired itNovember is usually quiet in Holcomb Kansas but in the town is shattered by the quadruple murder

  • Title: No Saints in Kansas
  • Author: Amy Brashear
  • ISBN: 9781616956837
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A gripping reimagining of Truman Capote s In Cold Blood and the brutal murders that inspired itNovember is usually quiet in Holcomb, Kansas, but in 1959, the town is shattered by the quadruple murder of the Clutter family Suspicion falls on Nancy Clutter s boyfriend, Bobby Rupp, the last one to see them alive.New Yorker Carly Fleming, new to the small Midwestern town, isA gripping reimagining of Truman Capote s In Cold Blood and the brutal murders that inspired itNovember is usually quiet in Holcomb, Kansas, but in 1959, the town is shattered by the quadruple murder of the Clutter family Suspicion falls on Nancy Clutter s boyfriend, Bobby Rupp, the last one to see them alive.New Yorker Carly Fleming, new to the small Midwestern town, is an outsider She tutored Nancy, and in private, at least they were close Carly and Bobby were the only ones who saw that Nancy was always performing, and that she was cracking under the pressure of being Holcomb s golden girl The secret connected Carly and Bobby Now that Bobby is an outsider, too, they re bound closer than ever.Determined to clear Bobby s name, Carly dives into the murder investigation and ends up in trouble with the local authorities But that s nothing compared to the wrath she faces from Holcomb once the real perpetrators are caught When her father is appointed to defend the killers of the Clutter family, the entire town labels the Flemings as traitors Now Carly must fight for what she knows is right.

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    1. For the record, I love Truman Capote's writing and true crime in general. And a re-imagining of Capote's In Cold Blood (which itself is Capote's take on a real life 1950s-era murder) sounds like a cool idea to me. But the first few chapters of this were not very gripping. For reasons that were not clear to me, a (fictional) girl named Carly is investigating the murders of her (based on a real person) classmate Nancy and Nancy's family. Carly keeps telling us she's a fish out of water, a transpla [...]

    2. Fans of Truman Capote and his infamous In Cold Blood may be intrigued by this new YA novel that fictionalizes how the teens in Holcomb reacted to the tragic events of the time. While it may seem like an interesting concept to focus on the teen perspective of the notorious Clutter family murders, No Saints in Kansas is an inadequate historical fiction novel that has an unrelatable main character, and is a true story that is better left alone.No Saints in Kansas is an historical fiction that is a [...]

    3. “People always think highly of the dead when they’re dead. It’s definitely not how they thought of them when they were alive.”No Saints in Kansas is a reimagining of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. We follow Carly Flemming as she and the town come to grips with the grisly murders of the Clutter family and trying to find out what happened and why. Things I Liked:This book had really short chapters, which I always love. They let me really get into the story quickly and fly through it. I l [...]

    4. It's all but impossible not to refer back to Capote's beautiful classic prose and storytelling (fact telling) in "In Cold Blood" and in fact brashear includes many clever references back to Capote's work but that isn't her focus. Her focus is to retell the story through a fellow teenager's eyes for a teenage audience. Carly Fleming, her younger jock brother Asher and their defense lawyer father and '50's housewife mother move from Manhattan, the one in New York not Manhattan, Kansas and the fami [...]

    5. 1.5 STARSIn 1959, the 4 members of the Clutter family were murdered. Truman Capote wrote the famous fictionalized non-fiction account, IN COLD BLOOD spawning a few movies and documentaries.**Factoid “Nell” Harper Lee accompanied her friend Capote during the days following the murders to assist with the investigation.**The story of the Clutters, and even the story of Capote writing about the murders are both more interesting than NO SAINTS IN KANSAS, Amy Brashear’s fictionalized account of [...]

    6. My (former?) friend and fellow librarian handed me this ARC, because she knows I am a fan of IN COLD BLOOD, and because she can’t read them all. I will NOT be recommending this book for purchase in our library.I question the amount of interest that the average teen will have in a nearly 60 year old murder case, but I guess you never know. This book felt, from the start, like a BAD idea. Most people realize that Truman Capote took liberties (to put it mildly) with the facts in his book detailin [...]

    7. 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 speak with one another, is questionable at best. There were so many places of potential and it fell apart through poor craft and weak writing. The turn in the story happens in the last 1/6 or so of the book and it p [...]

    8. This is a marvelous book! As soon as I saw the synopsis for this book I had to get my hands on it! I am an avid fan of Truman Capote and love thriller type books. This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I had already known before I read this book who had murdered the Clutter family due to me reading Capote’s book and researching the actual murders themselves, but this didn’t stop me from needing to keep reading on and turning the pages as fast as possible to see what would ha [...]

    9. This book lived up to many of my expectations of a retelling of the classic "In Cold Blood". Although I felt that some characters were less developed and could have been more integral to the plot, this was a great look at Holcomb, Kansas from the outside. Carly Fleming even reminded me of Scout Finch in a way, the same determination for justice and being active in the community. I wished this book had gone on even longer because it was such a great story. Overall this was a great, quick read wit [...]

    10. Ouch, why all the hate, ? No Saints in Kansas is not Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and that’s perfectly fine because author, Amy Brashear, isn’t trying to rewrite In Cold Blood. As she explains in her author’s note, Ms. Brashear became fascinated by the Clutter family murders (the focus of Mr. Capote’s book) when she moved to a town near the scene of the crime, Holcomb, Kansas. She decided to write this book because of that fascination. She tells the fictional story of the daughter of [...]

    11. Let me start by saying that In Cold Blood is one of my all time favorite books. I was so excited that this was a young adult book teaching a new generation about this horrific crime and about such a classic book. I was a little let down though. I was not crazy about the narrator Carly. She is not very reliable and in some parts her actions seem a little unbelievable and over the top. I did enjoy that the book touched on high school bullying and how tough it can be to be in high school. I would r [...]

    12. 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 so much left unexplored and so much that just relied on stereotypes. Definitely a disappointment.

    13. 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 thought she would annoy me to no end, but I actually appreciate how stubborn and strong-willed she is. If not for her, the story would have gone nowhere. Also, the fact that Truman Capote is an actual character in this no [...]

    14. 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, and famous author Truman Capote. Can Carly find the answers before anyone else who is important to her gets hurt? The story moved fast. Carly was a likeable character. Even though many will already know who the re [...]

    15. 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 four is killed in their own home by two ex-cons who thought there was a safe in the house.No Saints in Kansas tells the story of Carly Fleming, the new girl in town. Carly knew Nancy Clutter, the murdered girl, becau [...]

    16. NO SAINTS IN KANSAS by Amy BrashearIf 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 revolves around Carly’s obsession with solving the murders of the Clutter family in 1959 and clearing Bobby Rupp, Nancy’s boyfriend.The characters are believable; the situations and conversations spot on. Capote and Ha [...]

    17. 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.

    18. I finished In Cold Blood shortly before reading this novel and perhaps Capote's masterful depiction of the Clutter murders made this one pale in comparison. However, it seems more than that to me. The author made the strange decision to portray Nancy Clutter as something of a "mean girl," a character trait that was absent from Capote's account. Turning an actual beloved victim of a brutal murder into a vain, snooty schoolgirl seems inappropriate to me. While sticking mostly to the facts, the aut [...]

    19. 1.5I never read In Cold Blood, and maybe that was my problem, but I just could not get into No Saints in Kansas no matter how hard I tried. Ugh.The main character, Carly, was really annoying and did not make good decisions. However, it wasn't the kind of bad decisions where you can see where she was coming from or at least see her reasoning behind it, rather, they were the kind of bad decisions that made me sit there and just think "why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why why [...]

    20. I received this copy as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I am a big fan of true crime, and I really enjoyed In Cold Blood. When I heard that this book was being published, I jumped at the chance to try and get a review copy and I am so glad that I did. No Saints In Kansas appealed to the slightly dark part of me that loves mysteries, Dateline, and watching a lot of ID's re-cre shows (I'm looking at you Joe Kenda). Told from the perspective of outsider Carly Fleming (the girl Nancy was sup [...]

    21. 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 what a bummer it is for Carly and Carly alone, because she knew Nancy so well." I really loved the concept of this, but between the weird narrative voice and the pacing, I counted myself out at the quarter mark; it [...]

    22. I sometimes wanted to shake Carly Fleming, the main character, as she just kept digging and getting herself into more and more trouble. I had to keep reminding myself that it was a very different time and sneaking into courthouses would be easier than it is now. It's an interesting concept and kept me interested, despite it being based on true events and therefore taking the mystery out of the murder.

    23. 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.

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

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