Thursday, 3 July 2014

CRIME THRILLER REVIEW: The Weight of Blood - Laura McHugh

Release Date: 03/07/14
Publisher:  Hutchinson


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.


To be honest I think that for a great many people its going to be a marmite book, that is to say, a title that you’re either going to love or hate. For me, I really enjoyed it. I loved the gritty feel, the way that the Lucy, came across, the strength of her difference against the insular philosophy of the culture to which she is raised.

Its definitely something that works very well, for me as the author, Laura, brings it across with ease allowing the reader to not only see but feel how it is to be in a culture such as this. All round, along with sharp prose and gritty realism, the reader is treated to one hell of a story that really doesn’t let up from start to finish so much so that when you get to the heart of the matter (or rather the meat of the story) you’ll discover that some things are never quite what you expect let alone believe. Great writing.

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