The Weight of Blood
The Dane family's roots tangle deep in the Ozark Mountain town of Henbane, but that doesn't kee ...more
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NOOOO! Not the Honey Boo Boo version..more like this:
Lucy Dane's slow minded friend Cheri had gone missing, now she has turned up in pieces and Lucy is one of the few in town that cares what happened to her.
I remember when Cheri's body turned up in the tree: the ways I had failed her. Like how I'd been her best friend but she wasn't mine. How I'd worried something bad might have happened wh ...more
without even consciously trying to, i have read seven books so far this year, and all of them have been by women. take that, patriarchy! but don't start raising me on the shoulders of feminism just yet, because what i am about to say will probably cause you to throw me into the gutter, and i would rather avoid the bruising.
this book is a women's version of grit lit.
but hold up! by saying this i am in no way saying it is inferior to the novels in the mostly male-author domi ...more
“For fans of Gillian Flynn . . .”
Seriously. Just stop it.
Right. NO ONE likes this. It makes me feel all . . .
In this case (like most) it isn’t even true. Now, I am admittedly a drinker of the Flynn Kool-Aid. I think she kind of shits the bed when it comes to her endings, but she provides a wild ride for 99% of the story, so I have been forgiving. McHugh’s writing on the other hand . . . What can I even call it? Grit lit? Hi ...more
Outstanding debut told from perspective of multiple narrators, primarily mother and daughter, 17 yrs apart. The book has one of the most despicable villains in recent lit.
The eponymous quote:
"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."A suspicious Ozarks mountain town hides an incredibly seedy underside and sets up a showdown between Blood and Love.
The mother a ...more
The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh .
A well written and suspenseful novel and a coming of age story dealing with the mystery of two women one who is murdered and the other who disappeared and both a generation apart.
The story about the two women is told in alternation chapters in two different time frames and yet this works very well for this book and the author keeps the story flowing with enough suspense to keep the reader interested and turning those pages.
This is a debut novel by Laura McHu ...more
A solid suspenseful and atmospheric debut. A novel exploring the ties of blood and exactly how much one will do for family. A fast moving novel that reveals secrets kept and crimes hidden. How much does one really know abo ...more
Is it just me or does Lucy seem unable to react to what is happening around her.
She finds her uncle is (view spoiler)[ trafficking humans, and that her own mother was brought in for the same reason (hide spoiler)] and yet she doesn't react like it's something out of the ordinary. From her reaction you'd think it was a common occurrence in her town to (view spoiler)[ hold underage girls captive in the locker you've got in your basement. (hide spoiler)]
Apart from that:
(view spoiler)[her uncle is ...more
This is an astonishing book, brilliantly written and both engaging and disturbing at the same time. I was truly lost in the story reading this, unaware of the world around me. I was right there, in the book.
This is one of those books that you can't write too much about without giving it all away. The book takes you towards it's reveal and outcomes whilst you hold your breath still wondering w ...more
Release Date: March 11, 2014
I received this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Weight of Blood is a dual-narrative story separated by decades with a startling likeness to one another. Lucy is struggling to deal with the death of her friend, Cheri, after her body was found in a creek. She had been missing for a year previous to the discovery and her body shows the signs ...more
What immediately struck me and whetted my interest to read this book was its title Weight of Blood. The images this evokes are intriguing. Does it mean the true heaviness of blood, the heaviness of blood on your hands if you kill someone or is it referring to blood as in blood relatives? I think the author meant one of these and as you read you'll see how the reference fits bu ...more
Henbane is a small impoverished rural town in the Ozarks where people seem to take justice in their own hands, and crime is overlooked. The ineffectual members of the police force are probably related to almost everyone in town. Lila, an orphan from Iowa who had just aged out of Social Services, was hired by Crete Dane to work at his farm and store. Fascinated by the exotically beautiful outsider, townspeople were soon spreading rumors that Lila was a witch. With no one ...more
"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"
Deep in the Ozark Mountains, in the town of Henbane, there are many secrets and very few answers. The majority of the book focuses on a sixteen-year-old girl named Lucy Bane. She is sometimes treated as an outsider in her close knit community, even though she was born there. It is because of her mother that she is treated so differently....more
Laura McHugh moves gracefully from past to present as she tells a deliciously suspenseful adventure. The characters are believable and I enjoyed that the reader experienced the story via different character voices. I was totally blown away when I finally discovered what this story was "really" about. Kudos to Ms. McHugh on a fan ...more
I find it a bit amusing that most debut books in this genre get compared to Gillian Flynn - I am assuming in the attempt to stir the readers of Gon ...more
Laura McHugh's novel 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 pas ...more
Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via netgalley
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.
I love books like this…great storytelling, paced to perfection, with an atmospheric, rolling sty ...more
I recently read two books by Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects and Dark Places. Seeing that The Weight of Blood was compared to Flynn style books, I was sure I'd love it. Unfortunately, no.
Lucy is a teenage girl growing up in the Ozarks in a teeny tiny backwards town called Henbane. Take every single fucking stereotype you've ever heard about small communities like this because it's a running theme in this book. Close-minded people shunning strangers, backwards thinking, blood is thicker than water, ...more
This debut novel has all the atmosphere of great Southern literature - the humidity, the mixture of "ripeness and rot," that sense of the slightly mystical, that everything is just on the edge of magic (and whether it's white or black is unclear), the slow-moving river (there's always a river) that mirrors the languid nature of the people.
The mystery here unravels in the same way and as a result it's a little more muted that the horrific events warrant: Lucy is a 17 year old gir ...more
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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. The Weight of Blood was named a best book of the year by BookPage, the Kansas City Star, and the Sunday Times (UK), and was a GoodReads Choice ...more