All These Bodies by Kendare Blake – Book and Audio Review

Hello fellow book nerds!

I fell in love with Kendare when I read Anna Dressed in Blood and here she is with another girl covered in blood.

A huge thank you to Quill Tree Books for the review copy via YABooksCentral, be sure to check out the site! I utilized both the review copy and the audio to complete this review

Happy Reading!

All These Bodies

Kendare Blake

All These Bodies

4 out of 5 stars


Taken from Goodreads

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?


Let me start off with Kendare has such a way with telling a story. She had me absolutely hooked from the beginning, all the way up to the very end. I don’t know what it is about her and girls covered in blood but she kills it (pun intended). There was so much about this story that was intriguing and I just couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. If I couldn’t listen to the audio, I picked up the physical and vice versa. While I’ll be the first to say that any murder or death is horrible but there is something about true crime that is also fascinating. I’ve also been in the middle of a bunch of true crime documentaries and series so this couldn’t have been a better time for me to pick this up. But throughout the whole story the questions of who Marie Catherine Hale is and how she came to be is always there. Kendare does a great job of stringing the reader along to find out what happens but it really never gets solved. That’s why I couldn’t give this a five star. Marie says she wants to tell her story, but only to Michael. The whole time I was waiting for this story but it never happens. The ending feels so disappointing because I feel like Marie’s story was never given. There was the smallest, and I mean smallest, recounting of what happened but I wanted the whole thing. And this was never given.

I really enjoyed Michael’s point of view for this story. He’s just a kid who dreamt of being a journalist and getting out of town. When Marie is caught and part of the famous killings that are occurring, how can he not try to get the story? But it’s clear that the more time he spends with Marie, it’s something more. I think the development of Michael was absolutely natural and reading it felt right. Marie was enchanting for so many different reasons. She was secretive but at the same time felt like you already knew all her secrets. I absolutely loved the way her character was portrayed.

Final Thoughts

Overall, All These Bodies by Kendare Blake was a fascinating read. The story behind the murders and the interview of Marie Catherine Hale definitely drew me in. There is something about true crime that is devastating and interesting all at the same time and Kendare nailed both aspects. The only disappointing thing about this book is a real ending was never given. Marie’s story was never fully told even though I felt like it should have been. But I loved Michael and Marie’s character and the point of view given by Michael. If you like mystery and true crime, I would highly recommend this book.

Audio Review

Note: The narration does not affect my rating of the book

This was my first time listening to Matt Godfrey and I feel like he did a great job. It really seemed like I was listening to Michael tell this story and I enjoyed the narration. Since I did both I do think that either format is great. If you are new to audiobooks, this would be a good one to start and listen to.

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