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The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
  

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A chilling psychological thriller with two distinct strands. The detection of a murder for Lucy’s friend Cheri’s body is discovered and Lucy’s mother’s tale, a woman who disappeared years earlier. The two tales do eventually link with Lucy making a huge discovery that devastates her. This is tense, atmospheric stuff well told, an impressive debut. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This is psychological crime that arrives with the authority of a veteran writer. In an isolated community in the town of Henbane, people still talk about Lucy Dane’s mother who disappeared years before from this community deep in the Ozark Mountains. Then one of Lucy’s friends is discovered murdered, and Lucy considers that she is haunted by two lost women: the mother she never knew, and the friend she was unable to protect. But her investigation leads her to a grim discovery.
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The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

It is a long time since I have read a debut as impressive as Laura McHugh's The Weight of Blood. It is a chilling portrait of a small town in the Ozarks where violent men are protected and young women vanish. (Joan Smith, The Sunday Times). 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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About the Author

Laura McHugh's short fiction has been published in Confrontation and Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley. She lives in Missouri, and this is her first novel.

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Publication date

21st May 2015

Author

Laura McHugh

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Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9780099588368

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