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Laura McHugh

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Laura McHugh's debut novel, The Weight of Blood, won an International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel, a Silver Falchion Award for Best First Novel: Literary Suspense, and the Missouri Author Award for Fiction. It was also nominated for an Alex Award, Barry Award, and GoodReads Choice Award (Best Mystery and Best Debut). Arrowood was an international bestseller and a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hardcover Novel, and The Wolf Wants In was one of Library Journal's Best Books of the Year. McHugh's latest novel, What's Done in Darkness, was one of Oprah Daily's Best Beach Reads of 2021, a Self Magazine Best Book of the Year, and Harlan Coben's pick for Best Summer Thriller on the Today Show.

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Laura McHugh Sure! Thank you for reading TWOB--I'm so glad you liked it! The pub date for the next book isn't set yet, though it should be in 2015. The working tit…moreSure! Thank you for reading TWOB--I'm so glad you liked it! The pub date for the next book isn't set yet, though it should be in 2015. The working title is Arrowood.

When she was six years old, Arden witnessed the kidnapping of her two little sisters from the front yard of their grand old home on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. The fractured Arrowood family moved away, and Arden never fully recovered from the loss of her sisters, who were never found. Twenty years later, she is back in the old family home, faced with evidence that she might have been wrong about what she saw on that terrible day long ago. If she can't trust her own memory, what else was she wrong about? What really happened to the Arrowood twins?

The book is similar in tone to TWOB, dark and suspenseful, and is set in the crumbling grandeur of a small Iowa town on the banks of the Mississippi River. I hope you will enjoy it!(less)
Laura McHugh Justin, thank you so much!! I'm grateful to you for recommending the book! Arrowood is scheduled for 2016. :) …moreJustin, thank you so much!! I'm grateful to you for recommending the book! Arrowood is scheduled for 2016. :) (less)
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The Weight of Blood

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My new thriller WHAT'S DONE IN DARKNESS pubs 6/22, and there is currently a Goodreads giveaway for finished hardcover copies! (This giveaway is US only, but if you're outside the US, there will be a giveaway of digital copies soon--add to your "want to read" list to be notified.) :)

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“You grow up feeling the weight of blood, of family. There's no forsaking kin. But you can't help when kin forsakes you or when strangers come to be family.”
Laura McHugh, The Weight of Blood

“...my mom always telling me that a man with clean nails hides his dirt on the inside.”
Laura McHugh, The Weight of Blood

“I took in the thick night air, the sweet smell of honeysuckle, the chirping of frogs, to impress the moment in the folds of my memory, preserve it like a flower between pages of a book. To remember: This is how it feels to be happy.”
Laura McHugh, The Weight of Blood

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Laura Jennifer wrote: "Thank you for accepting my friend request! I am reading your novel, The Weight of Blood, and I can't say enough good things about it and I am not even halfway through. :-)"

Thank you, Jennifer! I'm happy to hear that you like it so far! Thank you for reading the book and for taking the time to message me. :)


Jennifer Thank you for accepting my friend request! I am reading your novel, The Weight of Blood, and I can't say enough good things about it and I am not even halfway through. :-)


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