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The Weight of Blood

A Novel
McHugh, Laura (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: McHugh, Laura
Title: The weight of blood
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Spiegel & Grau,, [2014]
Edition: First Edition
Characteristics: 306 pages ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Laura McHugh
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"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9780812995206
0812995201
9780812995213
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCHUGH 2014
Subject Headings: Mothers and daughters Fiction Human trafficking Fiction Families Fiction Ozark Mountains Fiction Domestic fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Mothers and daughters
Human trafficking
Families
Domestic fiction
LCCN: 2013021292
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A suspenseful novel about two mysterious disappearances a generation apart. The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now... Read More »


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Jul 21, 2014
  • BLACKSQUIRREL_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this is the first "critic's choice" book I actually liked. It seemed wordy and overy descriptive at first ( I prefer get to the point style), but I couldn't put it down! If this is her 1st book, can't wait for others.

Jul 15, 2014
  • fauna rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

fauna July 15 3 stars

Begins with promise but lacks excitement, which a thriller should have.

Jul 13, 2014
  • gvlee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

17 year old Lucy investigates her mother's disappearance 20 years ago. Chilling, suspenseful, and disturbing. A powerful read.

Did not love this book. I thought the "twists" and "reveals" were obvious, and there wasn't much actual suspense buildup.

Jun 25, 2014
  • aliciamarie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Well written and very suspenseful. I had no problem imagining this small, dark Ozark town and the mysterious people who lived there. This mystery is narrated by two main voices - Lila and Lucy - which run parallel at first, without a sense of connection other than that of the place they are in. Only a few chapters in does McHugh reveal their tie and when she does, she drops it almost in passing by, which makes it gain all the more impact. The title is absolutely fitting- the things people will do for family outweigh what they think is right or wrong. This is one of those books that you think about long after you've finished it.

Jun 24, 2014
  • samdog123 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A dark first novel with fairly good character development. But I can't help feeling that I've read this plot before--backwoodsy town in the Ozarks with lots of bad guys...the town is even called Henbane, another word for nightshade/belladonna. In a town of just over 700, it seems like almost everyone is corrupt--okay. Bring on the banjos. Although I enjoyed reading the book, when it was over I thought, "so what?"

Apr 18, 2014
  • ehbooklover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Disturbing, atmospheric, and so hard to put down. The story is very effectively told from the point of view of several different characters, all of whom are wonderfully complicated and interesting. I look forward to reading another book by this debut author.

"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

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!

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