The Weight of Blood

A Novel

McHugh, Laura

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Weight of Blood
"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"--
Publisher: New York :, Spiegel & Grau,, [2014]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780812995213
Characteristics: 306 pages ;,25 cm
Alternate Title: Weight of blood


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List - LibraryReads March 2014 by: shoshanalibrarian Jun 03, 2014

“The Dane family has been keeping secrets in the Ozark town of Henbane for years. An outsider steals the heart of one of the Dane brothers, and the secrets threaten to unravel. When sixteen-year-old Lucy’s friend is found murdered after being missing for a year, Lucy begins to ask questions–the a... Read More »

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Dec 10, 2014
  • Microbes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thought this book was very well-written, and I do hope she'll write more. I found the characters well described; some were appealing, and others, not.


Nov 04, 2014
  • jrmm7 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Well written and atmospheric. Not sure what the others are complaining about - a really good book.

There was no real rise and fall of action in the plotline, the characters are all unlikable, stupid, and underdeveloped. There was no real "reveal" either. A story positioned as a thriller/mystery should have some semblance of exposition, right? No twist, nothing. Just 300 pages of drivel.

Avoid this one.

Sep 02, 2014
  • Rochefort20 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Was hoping for something along the lines of Heart of Darkness or Winter's Bone. This isn't the case. Was reveling in trashiness a bit too much for me.

Aug 27, 2014
  • Liz_Taylor rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I started it on the due date and liked it too much to return to the library. Enjoyed the story, enjoyed the characters, enjoyed the setting. Looking forward to McHugh's next book!

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.

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