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The Weight of Blood - A Novel

Laura McHugh

For fans of Gillian Flynn, Scott Smith, and Daniel Woodrell comes a gripping, suspenseful novel about two mysterious disappearances a generation apart. NOMINATED FOR A BARRY AWARD AND AN INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BOOKPAGE The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see. Lucy's family has deep roots in the Ozarks, part of a community that is fiercely protective of its own. Yet despite her close ties to the land, and despite her family's influence, Lucy—darkly beautiful as her mother was—is always thought of by those around her as her mother's daughter. When Cheri disappears, Lucy is haunted by the two lost girls—the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn't save—and sets out with the help of a local boy, Daniel, to uncover the mystery behind Cheri's death. What Lucy discovers is a secret that pervades the secluded Missouri hills, and beyond that horrific revelation is a more personal one concerning what happened to her mother more than a decade earlier. The Weight of Blood is an urgent look at the dark side of a bucolic landscape beyond the arm of the law, where a person can easily disappear without a trace. Laura McHugh proves herself a masterly storyteller who has created a harsh and tangled terrain as alive and unforgettable as the characters who inhabit it. Her mesmerizing debut is a compelling exploration of the meaning of family: the sacrifices we make, the secrets we keep, and the lengths to which we will go to protect the ones we love. Praise for The Weight of Blood "[An] expertly crafted thriller."—Entertainment Weekly, "The Must List" "Haunting . . . [a] riveting debut."—Los

For fans of Gillian Flynn, Scott Smith, and Daniel Woodrell comes a gripping, suspenseful novel about two mysterious disappearances a generation apart. NOMINATED FOR A BARRY AWARD AND AN INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BOOKPAGE The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see. Lucy's family has deep roots in the Ozarks, part of a community that is fiercely protective of its own. Yet despite her close ties to the land, and despite her family's influence, Lucy—darkly beautiful as her mother was—is always thought of by those around her as her mother's daughter. When Cheri disappears, Lucy is haunted by the two lost girls—the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn't save—and sets out with the help of a local boy, Daniel, to uncover the mystery behind Cheri's death. What Lucy discovers is a secret that pervades the secluded Missouri hills, and beyond that horrific revelation is a more personal one concerning what happened to her mother more than a decade earlier. The Weight of Blood is an urgent look at the dark side of a bucolic landscape beyond the arm of the law, where a person can easily disappear without a trace. Laura McHugh proves herself a masterly storyteller who has created a harsh and tangled terrain as alive and unforgettable as the characters who inhabit it. Her mesmerizing debut is a compelling exploration of the meaning of family: the sacrifices we make, the secrets we keep, and the lengths to which we will go to protect the ones we love. Praise for The Weight of Blood "[An] expertly crafted thriller."—Entertainment Weekly, "The Must List" "Haunting . . . [a] riveting debut."—Los
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For fans of Gillian Flynn, Scott Smith, and Daniel Woodrell comes a gripping, suspenseful novel about two mysterious disappearances a generation apart. NOMINATED FOR A BARRY AWARD AND AN INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BOOKPAGE The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see. Lucy's family has deep roots in the Ozarks, part of a community that is fiercely protective of its own. Yet despite her close ties to the land, and despite her family's influence, Lucy—darkly beautiful as her mother was—is always thought of by those around her as her mother's daughter. When Cheri disappears, Lucy is haunted by the two lost girls—the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn't save—and sets out with the help of a local boy, Daniel, to uncover the mystery behind Cheri's death. What Lucy discovers is a secret that pervades the secluded Missouri hills, and beyond that horrific revelation is a more personal one concerning what happened to her mother more than a decade earlier. The Weight of Blood is an urgent look at the dark side of a bucolic landscape beyond the arm of the law, where a person can easily disappear without a trace. Laura McHugh proves herself a masterly storyteller who has created a harsh and tangled terrain as alive and unforgettable as the characters who inhabit it. Her mesmerizing debut is a compelling exploration of the meaning of family: the sacrifices we make, the secrets we keep, and the lengths to which we will go to protect the ones we love. Praise for The Weight of Blood "[An] expertly crafted thriller."—Entertainment Weekly, "The Must List" "Haunting . . . [a] riveting debut."—Los

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Shannon McManus, Sofia Willingham

Length:

9h 57m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:23


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

44:10


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

18:17


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

25:19


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

19:43


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

12:49


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

15:56


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

23:51


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

24:08


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

18:38


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

17:14


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

14:27


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

12:19


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

11:51


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

13:03


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

14:43


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

11:59


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

03:59


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

07:54


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

20:47


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

05:07


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

13:06


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

08:56


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

08:02


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

13:44


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

07:45


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

09:11


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

09:00


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

27:47


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

13:29


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

10:59


Part 2, Chapter 31
Part 2, Chapter 31

05:51


Part 2, Chapter 32
Part 2, Chapter 32

05:36


Part 2, Chapter 33
Part 2, Chapter 33

17:09


Part 2, Chapter 34
Part 2, Chapter 34

04:28


Part 2, Chapter 35
Part 2, Chapter 35

13:29


Part 3, Chapter 36
Part 3, Chapter 36

20:54


Part 3, Chapter 37
Part 3, Chapter 37

07:34


Part 3, Chapter 38
Part 3, Chapter 38

19:13


Part 3, Chapter 39
Part 3, Chapter 39

14:47


Part 3, Chapter 40
Part 3, Chapter 40

16:38


Part 3, Chapter 41
Part 3, Chapter 41

03:19


Part 3, Chapter 42
Part 3, Chapter 42

09:15


Part 3, Chapter 43
Part 3, Chapter 43

00:27