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The Weight of Lies

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  7,942 ratings  ·  931 reviews
In this gripping, atmospheric family drama, a young woman investigates the forty-year-old murder that inspired her mother’s bestselling novel, and uncovers devastating truths—and dangerous lies.

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of a privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life
Paperback, 372 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
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Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh, excuse me. I was busy staring at that gorgeous cover. I've actually been eyeballing that cover ever since we posted the reveal on this blog a few months back; it's what initially drew me into wanting to read the book. This is most certainly a book you can judge by the cover because it's brilliant! Be prepared for a gushing, swooning, fangirling review of the most exciting sense. This was a very structured, complex book, so I'm going to break it down below for you, spoiler free of course. If ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars

The description of this book had me wanting to read it right away. There are also many positive reviews for this book right now. I wondered if I would love it as much as everyone else.

Megan (Meg) is partying with friends in Las Vegas. Celebrating a friends recent divorce. Sitting around the pool relaxing when someone brings her an envelope. Right away she knows what the elegant envelope is.

"A bomb. The kind that exp
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
2 stars. I had to push myself to finish this book.

After seeing so many great reviews, I had high hopes for this book and unfortunately it fell completely flat for me. I just couldn’t get into the storyline or the characters’ lives whatsoever. I didn’t like the main character Meg. She was spoiled, selfish, immature and grew to be quite annoying! I also found she did things that didn’t fit with her persona – her character was inconsistent for me. Even though her childhood was not a happy one, I co
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)

The Weight of Lies is a gripping mystery/suspense about a wronged daughter determined to investigate the truth behind her mother’s “success.”

Meg Ashley, daughter of famous horror novelist Frances Ashley, has a tumultuous relationship with her mother. While her mother is happy to play up their relationship for the camera, their relationship behind closed doors is close to nonexistent.

After three years of not speaking,Meg returns home and gets lured into a revenge plot: She can sell the story
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars!

A unique read with a book within a book.

Why I wanted to read this one…….I was really intrigued by the title and cover of this book which had me wanting to read it right away. I have also seen so many great reviews for this novel that had me curious enough to see if I would love it as much as some of my other friends did. I didn't love it but it was an enjoyable read though.

Thoughts & what it's all about…(Since Brenda’s thoughts and review is once again very simil
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
I really enjoyed the book within the book here with The Weight of Lies and found this be an interesting, engaging, and entertaining read. A mystery from the past is interwoven with excerpts from a horror novel, revealing the stories in parallel timing adding suspense and tension to the story. There is some family drama, complicated relationships, hidden lies, unexpected truths with plenty of twists and turns that kept me interested in this unique story right to the end.

The story is told from th
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I found another gem of a book that y’all need to add to your summer reading lists ASAP! This was such a compelling read, I simply devoured it and it could be the ultimate definition of a page turner. It has a totally unique and fascinating premise, characters that ranged from the relatable to the odd and scary, and a stunning atmosphere that was creepy and gorgeous at the same time. Don’t forget a crazy, multilayered mystery that goes back for
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Manipulators. Deceivers. Stone Liars.

Meg Ashley has stared into their eyes up close and personal. She's learned from the very best and carries her own calling card in deception. Funny how one has a tendency to recognize the dark corners in someone else's uneven life......

Frances Ashley, Meg's mother, is a well known author living the high life in New York City after her blockbuster horror novel, Kitten. Ol' Kitten has led to a series of other successful novels that have made Frances rich. Very r
Joey R.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1.5 Stars— I decided to read “The Weight of Lies” by Emily Carpenter after finishing a couple of true crime book and wanting a change of pace. I knew nothing about the author but the premise of the book sounded interesting. The book starts out strong when Meg, the daughter of a very famous author, is talked into writing her autobiography which includes an expose of the underlying mystery which formed the basis of her mom the author’s most famous book. Meg’s agent arranges for her to stay on an i ...more
Jill McGill
Betrayal, Secrets, and Lies... The perfect summer read!

The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter is a solid psychological thriller that is gripping, suspenseful and loaded with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end. The cast of characters are complex, disturbing, and questionable - and some are just downright creepy. This novel is part southern gothic and part "whodunit" murder mystery that begins on the road to revenge but ends in a way so unexpected, your jaw will drop! This i
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Four put this on your summer reading list ASAP stars

I selected this book on NetGalley purely because of the cover and ended up getting sucked in by the characters, the island setting, and the constant lies that spilled out from the pages. The Goodreads description is so good that I won't rehash the plot, but I will say that this story makes "Mommie Dearest" and "Flowers in the Attic" appear like Disney classics.

I do believe one of my Goodreads friends mentioned in their review that they hadn
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 If you like your summer reading on the edgier side, then look no further than The Weight of Lies.

Meg is the daughter of the famous author Frances Ashley and like many mother daughter relationships, there is plenty of friction. Frances has written a successful book about a murder that has attracted a cult like following over the years with many conspiracy theories. As Meg learns more about the book and her mother's past she begins to wonder if the book is more fact than fiction. The book rea
Sarah Joint
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started this story, I didn't like the main character. It's due to the skill of the writer that she can make a character I have nothing in common with and initially found irritating into someone who was likeable and relatable.

I was getting the "poor little rich girl" vibe at first. She claims to be estranged from her mother, but lives off her money and continues to enjoy a cushy lifestyle. She wouldn't have that without Frances Ashley... famous author and celebrity. Skilled in weaving a t
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars. Overall, this book was very suspenseful. I did not enjoy the alternating chapters of the "book within the book". They were a distraction and IMO did not add anything to the book's storyline. However, I did enjoy the writing and will definitely read more by Emily Carpenter.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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How well do you really know someone? After reading The Weight of Lies you may ask yourself that question! Meg Ashley, daughter of Frances Ashley, the cult classic horror novelist, is fed up with the neglect and lack of interest her mother has had in her for so many years. For revenge, she agrees to write a tell-all book, the truth about her mom, the famous author,
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4.5 Stars rounded down to 4 for Goodreads.

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The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter is one masterly woven tale, let me tell you! Besides the fact that I am totally in love with this cover, I loved the story as well.

I was really immersed in this read although it did take me a bit to get into it. It started off a little s
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
This is a difficult book for me to review, I have mixed feelings about it. This book is told from the point of view of Megan Ashley, the daughter of a very well known horror book author. Now that she is an adult, age 24, she has distanced herself from her mother, they were never close. Her mother was always busy writing or doing something to further push the sales of her book. Megan spent much of her youth in boarding schools. After one particular confrontation between Megan and her mother Franc ...more
First of all, I need to say that I read and enjoyed Burying The Honeysuckle Girls last year. It was one of my firsts approvals ever on Netgalley and for that, I’ll always be grateful. However, as much as I enjoyed that first book, I think The Weight Of Lies is much better and it just proves that Emily Carpenter is a fantastic storyteller. I can’t wait to read what she writes next! Although both books are southern gothic tales, they couldn’t be more different. The first was more of a slow-burning ...more
This book started out pretty good to me. The main character is a spoiled rich girl who has a dysfunctional relationship with her famous mother. A famous mother who wrote a book based on a murder and it has a huge cult following. The main character, Meg dives into a mystery surrounding the book. And I thought this is going to be good, BUT...

The moment Meg arrives on the island to do research/solve mystery her character takes a strange turn. Suddenly, the spoiled rich girl is a horse-whispering, p
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2017
*4.5 stars

Last year I wanted to read Emily Carpenter's, The Burying the Honeysuckle Girls, but never got around to it. So when I saw the many great reviews of her second novel, I clicked request on Netgalley quickly!

It did take me a few chapters to get into this. I didn't think I was going to like Megan. She complained about her mother a lot and I was hoping she wasn't going to be a pampered socialite. Her mother happens to be a famous novelist because she wrote a novel called, Kitten, 40 years
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

4-4.5 stars

Yes, yes, yes, all the yes’s. Put this book on your 2017 To Read list. Go on, I’ll wait right here while you download it…

I love the “book-in-a-book” format of storytelling, and The Weight of Lies and Emily Carpenter doesn’t disappoint. The book flips back and forth between TWoL in current time, and of the book Kitten, which is really the main star in this book. Kitten is a creepy, cult classic type book that has main
Diana | Book of Secrets
Mar 08, 2019 marked it as sorry-not-for-me  ·  review of another edition
It pains me to do this, but I'm giving up at 25%. I loved reading Emily Carpenter's previous books, but THE WEIGHT OF LIES just isn't clicking with me. I really, really dislike the main character, Meg. She's a twenty-something spoiled, snarky, annoying brat. I listened to parts on audio, and even the narrator's performance of Meg grated on my nerves. (And I've enjoyed this narrator on past books!) I was very intrigued by the premise, and perhaps Meg's character will transform, but have decided n ...more
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
The Weight of Lies suffers from weighty absurdity and unrealistic measures. While the blurb promises an enthralling ride via a book within a book, its actuality gifts predictable ending, forcing me to push through to get to a ridiculous "twist".

Megan's pretty unlikable. She's selfish, easily swayed, annoying and naïve. Granted, I adore unlikeable characters. They're my cup of tea. However, Megan reads like hot dog water. She makes dumb decisions and by story's end, instead of twenty-four, you f
Susan Peterson
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Weight of Lies is a spell-binding, heart-pounding story about a young woman who, after deciding to write a tell-all book about her famous mother, becomes embroiled in dark secrets, lies, and murder…
Megan Ashley has lived a privileged life, the daughter of best-selling novelist Frances Ashley; but Meg has spent years being neglected and rejected by her mother. Digging into her mother’s past takes Meg to Bonny Island, Georgia, the setting for her mother’s most famous novel, Kitten, about the m
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Last year I read the fantastic Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter and I've been waiting a while now to read her next book The Weight of Lies. So, was this book as good as Burying the Honeysuckle Girls? Yes and no. Yes in that the story is intriguing and frustrating puzzling. But, no in that I was not as taken with the story in the book as in Burying the Honeysuckle Girls. Don't take me wrong, Emily Carpenter has once again proven that she can write a story that keeps your interest ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
There are family secrets and then there are family secrets....

Megan Ashley has grown up living a very privileged life. Her Mother is a best selling "Horror" writer - think the female version of Stephen King. There is a lot of angst in their relationship. In public, her Mother, the famous Frances Ashley, is loving and present. They appear to be a happy Mother-Daughter duo. In Private, there is a cold distance, manipulation, secrets, and isolation. Meg is not happy that she was constantly shipped
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)
I received a copy of The Weight of Lies from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Weight of Lies is a complex and stuffed (perhaps a bit overstuffed) book that is full of family dysfunction, long-kept secrets and a healthy dose of suspense. It focuses on the strained and tumultuous relationship between Meg Ashley and her diva mother, Frances, a best-selling author of Kitten, a horror novel with a cult-like following. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading it. I most certai
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, giveaway
“You tell me a story, you weave me a tale” You had me at Kitten!

After a devastating fight between an overwhelmingly narcissistic mother and a trust fund daughter, Megan has not seen her mother Frances in over three years. Brought back to her mother’s home in New York under a false pretense, Megan is encouraged to look into her mother’s successes and into a potential coverup regarding her mother’s famous cult classic Kitten. In the story Kitten, there is a murder and a devestating web of lies. Ar
In this novel, Meg Ashley sets out to destroy her mother, Frances and in doing so needs to investigate a forty year old murder mystery that her mother, Frances, was involved in. Frances had written a highly successful novel, Kitten, based on the murder but things within the novel take on a life of its own as the novel generates cults dedicated to solving the mystery as well as having been a huge success for Frances. Meg's relationship with her mother is tumultuous and to get even, Meg decides to ...more
Chris Negron
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Megan Ashley has never read Frances Ashley’s blockbuster novel KITTEN, but her entire life has nonetheless been affected by the fame it delivered to her mother’s feet. Largely neglected by globetrotting Frances, shuffled from nanny to nanny and sent away to far off schools, adult Meg is estranged from her mother when this clever mystery begins. When an opportunity to finally become truly independent by writing a book of her own is presented, Meg ends up on Bonny Island, Georgia, the original set ...more
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