3. The Weight Of Blood by Laura McHugh
Out 3rd July, 2014
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This is a gripping debut psychological crime novel about family lies and dark secrets in an isolated community as a series of women go missing. People still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother who vanished years ago from the town of Henbane, deep in the Ozark mountains. When one of Lucy's friends is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost women: by the mother she never knew, and the friend she couldn't protect. But her search for answers, in a place where secrets are easily concealed, leads her to a chilling discovery. And with this revelation, she must grapple with the meaning of family, the secrets we keep, and the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love.
A fantastic debut. I couldn't put it down. Loved the parallel stories of Lucy & Lila running side by side. It was chilling in places and had plenty of twists and turns to keep it interesting and to keep readers guessing. It has been described as perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn and I most definitely agree with that comparison. It really is a captivating debut and I was drawn in immediately but Hugh's writing and was desperate to learn the fate of the 2 missing women. This author is certainly one to watch