This is another book that must have been on my to-read list for a long time, because I don’t remember how it got there. The Weight Of Blood by Laura McHugh takes place in the Ozark Mountains in Missouri – not all that far from where I live. “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.” This book was inspired by a true life event. The chapters alternate as told by Lucy and her mother, Lila. Lila’s chapters take place in the past, but many of the characters appear in the past and present, which became confusing at times. However, the past and present mixing is one of the main themes of the story, as it turns out that what happened to Lucy’s mom is very similar to what happened to her friend Cheri. The topic is a difficult one, and I will not give it away, but some of the descriptions were not pleasant to say the least! Even so, I enjoyed this book and recommend it to those who enjoy suspenseful novels!
Guess what? The Literary Junkies Link Up is back! I have missed this book inspired monthly questionnaire!
1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it.
I just started That Night by Chevy Stevens. I will tell you all about it when I review it in a few weeks!
2. What are your top 3 reads for summer?
I am not sure if this question means my top reads for this current summer, or for summer in general. I figured I’d recommend 3 books set in summer time – A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand, A Month of Summer by Lisa Wingate, and Life’s A Beach by Claire Cook.
3. Do you have a favorite book that you like to re-read?
4. Do you have a favorite reading spot?
5. Do you enjoy a sipping on a beverage while you read? If so, tell us your favorite drink pairing!!
No, I’d probably just spill! How about you?