AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: All These Bodies by Kendare Blake


Publication Date: September 21, 2021
Format: Audio
Genre:  Historical YA fiction
Narrators: Matt Godfrey

Publisher: Harper Audio     
7 hours 19 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


Summer 1958. A gruesome killer plagues the Midwest, leaving behind a trail of bodies completely drained of blood. 

Michael Jensen, an aspiring journalist whose father happens to be the town sheriff, never imagined that the Bloodless Murders would come to his backyard. Not until the night the Carlson family was found murdered in their home. Marie Catherine Hale, a diminutive 15-year-old, was discovered at the scene — covered in blood. She is the sole suspect in custody.

Michael didn’t think that he would be part of the investigation, but he is pulled in 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?


I found this book on Scribd.  

Told in the first person by the main character Michael, a 15 year old boy who aspires to be a journalist.  His father is the town Sheriff.  When a 16 year old girl is taken into custody covered in blood, and charged with the latest of a series of murders that have plagued the midwest. 

One thing you have to remember when reading this book is that it is set in 1958 when things were simpler than they are today and people were less jaded.  No one believes that Marie could possibly be responsible for the murders but they think that allowing her to speak with Michael that she could tell them who her accomplice is.  However what they get is a story that no one dares to believe.  

Michael begins this book as a boy and over the course of his time spent involved with this case becomes a man. He sees things that age him, and learns things that trouble him. Learns more about the justice system than he probably cared to and becomes a bit jaded.  The end of the book is left open ended, and I'm still not sure if I like that or not. I think I do.  

The narrator really brings Michael to life.  The sheriffs son who doesn't quite fit in to the town he lives in. Now tasked with an important undertaking that could save a life, Michael quickly learns the truth isn't always as important as vengeance and what you can sell. 

I really enjoyed this book, I'd never heard of this case but when I looked it up I did find that indeed a young girl was found to have been part of a murder spree.  


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