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Girl Among Crows

Girl Among Crows

By Brendon Vayo
Categories: Fiction, Horror, Suspense, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Amateur Sleuth
Imprint: CamCat Books
Hardcover : 9780744306552, 416 pages, November 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780744306637, November 2023
Paperback (Large print edition) : 9780744306613, 580 pages, November 2023
Audiobook (Unabridged edition) : 9780744306668, November 2023

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A woman investigates the disappearances of children in her small town with eerie similarities to her brother’s vanishing thirty years ago, but connecting the past with the present could bring to light her family’s dark secrets—and the town’s monstrous history.


A 2024 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal Winner

“Intelligent, original, audacious—and scary.” —A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

“[An] entertaining thriller that will keep even seasoned horror fans guessing.” —Publishers Weekly

Beware the Brotherhood of the Raven

When two boys vanish from her hometown, Daphne Gauge notices uncanny parallels to her brother’s disappearance 30 years earlier. Symbols of an ancient Norse god. Rumors of a promise to reward the town’s faithful with wealth and power, for a price. She warns her husband that another sacrifice is imminent, but just like last time, no one believes her.

This leaves her with a desperate choice: investigate with limited resources, or give in to the FBI’s request for an interview. For years, they’ve wanted a member of the Gauge family to go on record about the tragedy back in 1988. If she agrees to a deposition now, Daphne must confess her family’s dark secrets. But she also might have one last chance to unmask the killer from back then . . . and now.

For readers who enjoy Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, Joshilyn Jackson, Riley Sager, Jennifer McMahon, and Simone St. James.


  • Winner, 2024 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award - Horror 2024


“Brendon Vayo has crafted a pagan potboiler that is equal parts mystical and mysterious, profane and profound, blissfully existing at the intersection of horror and whodunnits.” —Clay McLeod Chapman, author of Ghost Eaters

“Fans of Gillian Flynn will love Girl Among Crows . . . Brendon Vayo’s debut thriller is eerie, mysterious, and addicting.” —Brooke L. French, author of Inhuman Acts and The Carolina Variant

“Brendon Vayo’s Girl Among Crows is an eerie page turner rich with Norse Mythology, cult rituals, and creepy twists to rival Stephen King, Shirley Jackson and Stephen Graham Jones.” —MQ Webb, author of When You’re Dying and How to Spot a Psychopath

“This fresh, artful thriller, as genuinely frightening a novel as you’ll read all year, darts smoothly between the decades as not one but two mysteries unfurl like stairways into darkness. Intelligent, original, audacious—and scary.” —A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

“Brendon Vayo’s heroine in Girl Among Crows is as relatable as she is enigmatic. A woman who seeks to right the wrongs of history while unraveling her own family secrets, Daphne Gauge soars triumphantly from these pages right into the reader’s heart.” —Rudy Ruiz, award-winning author of The Resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez and Valley of Shadows

Girl Among Crows drew me into a dark world of ritual sacrifice and tantalizing mystery so completely that I lost all track of time. This immersive thriller is haunting, enigmatic, and utterly gripping to the very end . . . one of those wonderful debuts that cannot easily be put down.” —T.O. Paine, author of The Excursion

“In this hard-boiled mystery, Daphne is unwilling to let another family fall prey to the Brotherhood of the Raven, but in her quest to uncover clues from her past and save a pair of kidnapped boys, she uncovers sinister secrets about her own family.” —Lynessa Layne, author of the Don't Close Your Eyes series

“Vayo’s gripping debut . . . is an entertaining thriller that will keep even seasoned horror fans guessing.” Publishers Weekly

“Vayo’s debut novel combines sinister pagan rituals with a fast-paced, compelling mystery reminiscent of a James Patterson best seller . . . The twists come fast, and the characters’ decisions lead to brutal consequences. Share with fans of Stephen King and Riley Sager.” Library Journal