All the Sinners Bleed by S. A. Cosby

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In All the Sinners Bleed, Titus Crown, the first Black sheriff, uncovers dark secrets and a serial killer. While investigating a school teacher’s murder and the subsequent shooting of the perpetrator, Titus confronts his own painful past and grapples with the town’s haunting history. As he delves deeper into the case, the potential connections to a local church and the looming presence of a far-right group add to the complexities. With faith and violence colliding, Titus must face a reckoning that tests his resolve and loyalty to his hometown.

Book review of All the Sinners Bleed

All the Sinners Bleed is a remarkable Southern crime thriller that immerses readers in a world rich in place and character. The author’s writing is razor-sharp, gritty, and intelligent, evoking deep emotions throughout. With its thought-provoking themes of family, trauma, grief, violence, injustice, and faith, this novel stands out as a riveting small-town police procedural and crime thriller.

Cosby’s prose is beautifully written, with a lyrical quality that adds depth and complexity to the narrative. The book’s dark and complex nature makes it a captivating and highly entertaining read. As a first-time reader of this author, I eagerly anticipate exploring his previous works. Cosby’s skillful and patient approach to storytelling shines through, effortlessly balancing contemplative moments with intense and impactful scenes.

In All the Sinners Bleed, Cosby addresses timely and important issues surrounding senseless violence and societal rage. The story grips readers from the first page, delivering a relentless and page-turning experience. The author’s writing prowess matches his previous work, Blacktop Wasteland, surpassing expectations. This novel combines elements of a serial killer thriller with thought-provoking reflections on faith, making it a standout in the genre.

Titus Crown, the sheriff and protagonist, emerges as one of the most memorable characters in contemporary fiction. His internal struggles and thought-provoking questions about faith are expertly woven into a thrilling plot filled with well-rounded characters and intriguing twists. The echoes of The Silence of the Lambs are evident, but All the Sinners Bleed goes beyond, delving into deeper explorations of human darkness.

While the book explores graphic horrors reminiscent of Thomas Harris’s work, readers with sensitive stomachs may find it overwhelming. However, Cosby’s seamless portrayal of characters, their histories, and the interconnected plot demonstrate his storytelling prowess. His descriptive writing strikes a balance, neither overdoing nor underplaying the details, allowing readers to immerse themselves fully.

Cosby masterfully reveals the dark shadows of humanity while offering glimpses of hope amidst the chaos. The narrative unfolds with brilliance, captivating readers with its pace and intricate details. All the Sinners Bleed showcases the author’s ability to deliver a compelling story within the framework of Southern fiction.

Though some readers found the book preachy and felt the plot took a backseat to its message, others praised its depth and seamless execution. While opinions may differ, the overall quality of the writing and storytelling cannot be denied. Although predictable at times, the novel compensates with its exploration of character and themes.

Final verdict

In conclusion, all the Sinners Bleed may not be for everyone, but its quick pace and engrossing nature make it a worthwhile read for those seeking an immersive and thought-provoking crime thriller. It transcends the boundaries of a mindless beach read, providing an engaging and memorable experience for readers who appreciate dark and intelligent storytelling.

Our Score


  • Rich in place and character: All the Sinners Bleed excels in creating a vivid setting and compelling characters that deeply immerse readers in the story.
  • Engaging and thought-provoking: The book’s razor-sharp and intelligent narrative keeps readers engaged, while its exploration of themes like family, trauma, and faith prompts thought-provoking discussions.
  • Skillful writing: Cosby’s prose is beautifully written, with lyrical and descriptive elements that add depth and complexity to the storytelling.


  • Preachy at times: Some readers found the book overly preachy, with the plot taking a backseat to delivering a message, which may detract from the overall reading experience.
  • Predictable plot: While the novel offers engrossing moments, it occasionally falls into predictable patterns, particularly in the cop versus serial killer storyline, which may diminish the element of surprise.
  • Weak character development: Despite the book’s strengths, some readers felt that the character development was lacking, with certain storylines that added little value to the overall plot, leading to moments where they skipped pages.
All the Sinners BleedPublisher ‏ : ‎ Flatiron Books (June 6, 2023)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250831911
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250831910
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.15 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.5 x 1.15 x 9.55 inches

About Article Author

Christopher Hill

Christopher Hill has worked in the publishing industry for more than 15 years for both international and national media. When he is not reading, he enjoys spending time with his three dogs, whom he considers his most loyal reading companions.
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