Parents' Guide to

All These Bodies

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Thoughtful, macabre mystery with great main characters.

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This macabre, supernatural murder mystery focuses on its great characters and unfolds in a socially conscious way. The great characters are both Michael and Marie Catherine Hale, drawn to each other and incredibly different. Michael is a steadfast pursuer of the truth and suffers about every kind of injustice from his community that's easily swayed by salacious headlines and gossip. Marie faces off against her terrible beginnings and a system that will only see her as a virginal victim or a sexually depraved murderer. As Michael's interrogation gets closer to the truth, the truth gets wilder and harder to grasp.

The lurking presence of Marie's accomplice in the small town adds some fantastic tension. Michael and friends are toyed with in creepy ways. It's a surprise that the teens can sneak out at all to get toyed with, given how terrorized the town is supposed to be, actually, but it does keep the threat alive in our minds as Marie's time with Michael runs short. Before Marie leaves the local jail for good, though, there are more bodies to discover and most twists to keep readers guessing right up until the last sentence.

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