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The Weight of Blood

A Novel

McHugh, Laura

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 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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Jan 27, 2015

i connected with the realistic setting of the ozarks. some of the characters' motivations could be more fully explored. but this was a quick read and would also be a good listen.

Jan 26, 2015
  • Septemberly rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a disturbing book, and it felt surprisingly real. I don't have much experience with the area in which the book takes place, but the descriptions made Henbane believable.

I liked ALL the female characters. There was a little good and little bad/mystery in each one. The male characters seemed flat.

The angular storytelling (each chapter is told from the point of view of a different character) seemed disjointed at times. Several characters were strongly featured in a few chapters, but only one or two chapters were from their point of view.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Gone Girl. I enjoyed it more than that one, and I found this book to be an easier, more intriguing read.

Jan 02, 2015
  • gusmcrae rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The novel is billed as a mix of Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" and Daniel Woodrell's "Winter's Bone." I'm not sure I would go so far as to say that myself. The novel is set in the Missouri Ozarks and there is some mystery. I don't think it as as tantalizing of a read as Flynn's novel (perhaps because it lacks the twists and turns of her dark storytelling) and it felt a bit like a cleaned up version of the backwoods world created by Woodrell.

But all-in-all, I think McHugh did a good job and has some great potential as a novelist. I look forward to her future books.

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.

Sep 18, 2014

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.

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