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The Weight of Blood

A Novel
McHugh, Laura (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Weight of Blood


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"The Dane family's roots tangle deep in the Ozark Mountain town of Henbane, but that doesn't keep sixteen-year-old Lucy Dane from being treated like an outsider. Folks still whisper about her mother, a bewitching young stranger who inspired local myths when she vanished years ago. When one of Lucy's few friends, slow-minded Cheri, is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost girls--the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn't protect. Everything changes when Lucy stumbles across Cheri's necklace in an abandoned trailer and finds herself drawn into a search for answers. What Lucy discovers makes it impossible to ignore the suspicion cast on her own kin. More alarming, she suspects Cheri's death could be linked to her mother's disappearance, and the connection between the two puts Lucy at risk of losing everything. In a place where the bonds of blood weigh heavy, Lucy must decide where her allegiances lie"--
Authors: McHugh, Laura
Title: The weight of blood
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Spiegel & Grau,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 306 pages ;,25 cm
Summary: "The Dane family's roots tangle deep in the Ozark Mountain town of Henbane, but that doesn't keep sixteen-year-old Lucy Dane from being treated like an outsider. Folks still whisper about her mother, a bewitching young stranger who inspired local myths when she vanished years ago. When one of Lucy's few friends, slow-minded Cheri, is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost girls--the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn't protect. Everything changes when Lucy stumbles across Cheri's necklace in an abandoned trailer and finds herself drawn into a search for answers. What Lucy discovers makes it impossible to ignore the suspicion cast on her own kin. More alarming, she suspects Cheri's death could be linked to her mother's disappearance, and the connection between the two puts Lucy at risk of losing everything. In a place where the bonds of blood weigh heavy, Lucy must decide where her allegiances lie"--
Local Note: 1 2 3 4
ISBN: 9780812995206
0812995201
Branch Call Number: F MACH
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"As in Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone, the Ozarks are not a welcoming place for a teenage girl digging up family secrets and dark local history best left buried. Seventeen-year-old Lucy Dane has always been treated as an outsider, in part because of rumours surrounding her mother's disappearance not long after Lucy's birth. The discovery of the body of a long-missing school friend compels Lucy to look into both disappearances, but few are willing to help her. Vividly depicting both small town life and rural poverty, this debut also offers gripping suspense and quick pacing". Thrillers and Suspense April 2014 newsletter. http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/4787b6e3-0d15-41b5-8d26-1475253dca28?postId=3be71b4b-2ba6-4447-a08c-ee3763ea6a89

I enjoyed the story and liked the twists and turns

Report This Apr 04, 2014
  • d2013 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good suspenseful debut for author Laura McHugh. From the beginning it pulls you in. I enjoyed it!

Report This Mar 13, 2014
  • becker rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was okay, a pretty run of the mill mystery.

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