Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

The Dane family's roots tangle deep in the Ozark Mountain town of Henbane, but that doesn't keep sixteen-year-old Lucy Dane from being treated like an outsider. Folks still whisper about her mother, a bewitching young stranger who inspired local myths when she vanished years ago. When one of Lucy's few friends, slow-minded Cheri, is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost girls-the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn't protect. Everything changes when Lucy stumbles across Cheri's necklace in an abandoned trailer and finds herself drawn into a search for answers. What Lucy discovers makes it impossible to ignore the suspicion cast on her own kin. More alarming, she suspects Cheri's death could be linked to her mother's disappearance, and the connection between the two puts Lucy at risk of losing everything. In a place where the bonds of blood weigh heavy, Lucy must decide where her allegiances lie.

I was caught up in this story's drama and mystery in the very first chapter.  The characters were brought to life with vivid descriptions and I found myself pulled into their story and somewhat connected to these interesting, mysterious people.  I thoroughly enjoyed the way the story transitioned often between characters and two generations.  

This definitely kept me interested and I couldn't read it fast enough.  I needed to know what happened next!  There was not a single paragraph of this story that I found boring or unnecessary to the plot. I truly think this story would be a great beginning to a series about the Dane family.   

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

*Sunshine - guest reviewer from Literary Litter

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