A sinister novel based on the real Bloody Benders, a family of serial killers in the old West bound by butchery and obscured by the shadows of American history.
The winds shift nervously on the Kansas plain whispering of travelers lost and buried, whispering of witches. Something dark and twisted has taken root at the Bender Inn.
At first the townspeople of Cherryvale welcome the rising medium Kate Bender and her family. Kate's messages from the Beyond give their tedious dreams hope and her mother's potions cure their little ills—for a price. No one knows about their other business, the shortcut to a better life. And why shouldn’t their family prosper? They’re careful. It’s only from those who are marked, those who travel alone and can easily disappear, that the Benders demand their pound of flesh.
But even a gifted seer like Kate can make a misstep. Now as the secrets festering beneath the soil of the family orchard threaten to bring them all to ruin, the Benders must sharpen their craft—or vanish themselves.
About the Author
Camilla Bruce is a Norwegian writer of speculative and historical fiction. She has a master's degree in comparative literature and has co-run a small press that published dark fairy tales. Camilla currently lives in Trondheim with her son and cat.
Praise for All the Blood We Share
"True crime fans will love this gruesome take on the real story of a family of murderers...A horrifyingly realistic view into the minds of a serial killing family that really tormented the old West."—Buzzfeed
“A riveting portrait of the dark side of the American dream.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"This bone-chilling story unfolds in different voices filled with depravity and dread...Fans of fictionalized stories of notorious murderers will be enthralled."—Booklist Praise for In the Garden of Spite
"Riveting! Camilla, high-five! Amazing work!"—Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered
"In the Garden of Spite is a chilling, pitch-perfect novel that should finally make Belle Gunness a household name. A superb and unforgettable read."—Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author of A Murderous Relation
"Mesmerizing...Fans of fictionalized treatments of notorious murderers will be fascinated."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Bruce uses a framework of fact to create fiction that horrifies...[a] grisly historical thriller."—Booklist