September/October 2021 Kids Indie Next List
“Through constant twists and turns, Kendare Blake keeps readers on the edge of their seats trying to discover who’s responsible for the Bloodless Murders. A young girl couldn’t possibly kill all these people…could she?”
— Stephanie Carrion, The Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL
* Indie Next List Pick * Indie Bestseller *
Sixteen bloodless bodies. Two teenagers. One impossible explanation. In this edge-of-your-seat mystery from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake, the truth is as hard to believe as it is to find.
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 fifteen-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?
About the Author
Kendare Blake is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series. She holds an MA in creative writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She is also the author of Anna Dressed in Blood, a Cybils Awards finalist; Girl of Nightmares; Antigoddess; Mortal Gods; and Ungodly. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages, have been featured on multiple best-of-year lists, and have received many regional and librarian awards. Kendare lives and writes in Gig Harbor, Washington. Visit her online at www.kendareblake.com.
"Fantastically disturbing and expertly eerie."
— Stephanie Garber, #1 bestselling author of the Caraval series
“A chilling psychological thriller that effectively pulls from true crimes, folklore, and urban legends.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“An insightful look at our morbid curiosity about murderers.”
— Kirkus Reviews
"Through an assured voice and a vividly wrought small-town atmosphere, Blake swiftly draws readers into this tense historical thriller inspired by a real-life murder spree."
— Publishers Weekly
“Reads like true crime. A chilling descent into the human psyche.”
“Timid, polite Michael and bold, headstrong Marie carry the story forward on their own.”
— School Library Journal