Hail Mighty Readers,
With today being the release of Laura McHugh's Debut in Hardback (released by Hutchinson) we were lucky enough to get our hands on the authors own character profiles which we hope will grab your attention and give this great author a chance to spend time with you.
So here for your delight they are:
Seventeen-year-old Lucy Dane has always longed to escape the isolated mountain town where she grew up. Her father’s family has lived in Henbane for generations, but Lucy is treated like an outsider thanks to the mother she never knew, a captivating stranger who arrived in town amid a swirl of rumors and disappeared in the hills not long after Lucy’s birth. She’s desperate to learn more about her mother, but most of what she knows is pieced together from local myth. Lucy is on her own while her dad travels for work, and she’s perfectly capable of taking care of herself. Not much scares her, and she knows that her protective uncle and her elderly neighbor, Birdie, are looking out for her. When one of Lucy’s few friends, slow-minded Cheri, is found murdered, Lucy is haunted by the knowledge that she didn’t do more to protect her. She becomes determined to find Cheri’s killer, and in the process she uncovers long-buried secrets about her mother’s disappearance that force her to question everything and everyone around her.
Lila’s mother and step-father provided a normal, loving life for her on their Iowa farm, but when they are killed in an accident, Lila is shuffled between a series of foster homes, often causing problems with her impulsive behavior. As she ages out of the foster care system, Lila is alone and running out of options. Her last chance is a job on an Ozark farm, and she’s determined not to ruin it by getting involved with the wrong people and making reckless choices as she’s done so many times in the past. When she arrives in the remote town of Henbane, she finds herself an object of rumor and suspicion; the locals don’t trust strangers, and Lila isn’t one to blend in. What she wants more than anything is a place to call home—something she hasn’t had in a very long time—though she’s not expecting to find it Henbane, where even the landscape feels threatening.
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