I received a complimentary advanced copy of ALL THE BLOOD WE SHARE by Camilla Bruce. Thank you to Berkley Publishing and PRH Audio for the chance to provide an honest review.
Publication Date: 11/22/2022
Rating: 4 / 5
ALL THE BLOOD WE SHARE is a historical fiction novel with a dark story to tell. Based on a real family, this book begins with a family making a sudden move to live in Kansas on the run from the law. They aren’t just any family, they are the Bloody Benders, a family of serial killers. While they blame the daughter Kate for the need to move, the whole family gets in on the action as the calling to kill continues to hit.
The Benders have a few different solutions to making a living. Kate is a mystic, putting on performances to deliver messages from the beyond. They run the Bender Inn, taking in travelers for a night of lodging and good food. They also make money off those they kill, collecting what they brought with them on their travels. It doesn’t take long for the body count to build and for questions to be raised about those gone missing.
I didn’t know much about this one going in, but knowing it was based on a true story really had me intrigued. I didn’t imagine that the body count would be quite so high and there are a lot of dark turns to this particular story. From the author’s note, much of the story is entirely fiction, but it was interesting to hear what bits of truth filtered in from what little was known about this very unique family.
This isn’t a book for those not interested in a lot of darkness. There are quite a few trigger warnings which would be spoilers but feel free to ask or to look them up if you’re not sure about reading this one! It did make for a very interesting and very different story!
ALL THE BLOOD WE SHARE is available now!