Wednesday, 17 August 2016

CRIME THRILLER REVIEW: Arrowood - Laura McHugh

Release Date: 11/08/16
Publisher:  Century


Arrowood is the most ornate and beautiful of the grand historical houses that line the Mississippi river in southern Iowa where the days are long and humid and communities are small and closed.

It has its own secrets and ghostly presence: it's where two small twin girls were abducted ten years previously - never to be seen again.

Now, Arden has inherited Arrowood, and she returns to her childhood home determined to establish what really happened to her sisters that traumatic summer. But the house and the surrounding town hold their secrets close - and the truth, when Arden finds it, is more devastating than she ever could have imagined.

Family lies, buried secrets and a terrifying truth lie at the heart of this brilliant and haunting crime novel.


I love a mystery that really draws you in and when you blend it with a psychological and supernatural aspect it can be something that not only keeps you on the edge of your seat but also gives you chills as events unfurl. What happens within the book is a tale that has a solid story, some decent twists as well as dialogue that keeps it moving on at its own pace. For me there was just one problem.

I hated the principle character. I just couldn’t get on with her as I couldn’t get a hook into her, so much so that I really didn’t have enough interest in the story to care about how events turned out and how it would affect her. Back this up with an ending that didn’t feel like it gave me any real closure and all round I was disappointed with hits outing.

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