24 January 2022

The Weight of Blood

By Laura McHugh

My Review

A 2022 Top Rated Read

Lucy Dane's mother Lila disappeared from Henbane in the Ozark mountains when Lucy was just a baby. The locals still whisper about it. Now a teenager, Lucy desperately wants to discover what happened; convinced her mother would not have abandoned her. 

Then another tragedy leaves Lucy reeling  her friend Cheri is savagely murdered; her dismembered body stuffed inside the hollow of a tree. In her search for the truth, Lucy uncovers long-hidden secrets that leave her questioning the actions of everyone around her. Can she trust even her own family?

I'd had The Weight of Blood sitting on my shelf for a number of years but kept putting it off thinking it wasn't my sort of book. But how dumb was I?!! I absolutely LOVED it! It was wonderfully eerie and atmospheric. I thought it was an incredible debut novel. 

The author's beautifully descriptive writing really brought the characters to life. Their American small town mentality where outsiders are distrusted and shunned was captured perfectly. Although brutal and at times desperately sad, I was left with the feeling of having read an accomplished piece of writing.             

Book Source: Purchased copy
My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Arrow (21st May 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0099588368

The Blurb

People still whisper about Lucy Dane’s mother who vanished years ago from the town of Henbane, deep in the Ozark mountains.

When one of Lucy’s friends is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost women: by the mother she never knew, and the friend she couldn’t protect.

But her search for answers, in a place where secrets are easily concealed, leads her to a chilling discovery.

And with this revelation, she must grapple with the meaning of family, the secrets we keep, and the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love.

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