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By Laura McHugh

For fanatics of Gillian Flynn, Scott Smith, and Daniel Woodrell comes a gripping, suspenseful novel approximately mysterious disappearances a iteration apart.

NOMINATED FOR A BARRY AWARD AND a global mystery WRITERS AWARD FOR top FIRST NOVEL • NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE yr through BOOKPAGE

The city of Henbane sits deep within the Ozark Mountains. fogeys there nonetheless whisper approximately Lucy Dane's mom, a bewitching stranger who seemed lengthy sufficient to marry Carl Dane after which vanished while Lucy was once only a baby. Now near to maturity, Lucy studies one other loss whilst her pal Cheri disappears and is then came across murdered, her physique put on reveal for all to determine. Lucy's relations has deep roots within the Ozarks, a part of a group that's fiercely protecting of its personal. but regardless of her shut ties to the land, and regardless of her family's effect, Lucy--darkly attractive as her mom was--is constantly considered via these round her as her mother's daughter. whilst Cheri disappears, Lucy is haunted by way of the 2 misplaced girls--the mom she by no means knew and the pal she couldn't save--and units out with assistance from a neighborhood boy, Daniel, to discover the secret at the back of Cheri's death.

What Lucy discovers is a mystery that pervades the secluded Missouri hills, and past that terrible revelation is a extra own one touching on what occurred to her mom greater than a decade earlier.

The Weight of Blood is an pressing examine the darkish aspect of a bucolic panorama past the arm of the legislations, the place anyone can simply disappear with no hint. Laura McHugh proves herself a masterly storyteller who has created a harsh and tangled terrain as alive and unforgettable because the characters who inhabit it. Her enthralling debut is a compelling exploration of the which means of kinfolk: the sacrifices we make, the secrets and techniques we maintain, and the lengths to which we are going to visit guard those we love.

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"[An] expertly crafted thriller."--Entertainment Weekly, "The needs to List"

"Haunting . . . [a] riveting debut."--Los Angeles occasions

"Laura McHugh's atmospheric debut . . . conjures a menacingly appealing Ozark surroundings and a nest of toxic kin secrets and techniques corresponding to Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone."--Vogue

"Fantastic . . . a mile-a-minute thriller."--The Dallas Morning News

"Gripping . . . Her prose won't in simple terms retain readers turning the pages but in addition paints a true and plausible portrait of the connections, alliances, and sacrifices that underpin rural, small-town existence. . . . Strongly suggested for readers who take pleasure in thrillers via authors equivalent to Laura Lippman and Tana French."--Library magazine (starred review)

"The sinister tone builds relentlessly."--The undeniable Dealer

"Rich in personality and surroundings . . . this can be one you won't are looking to miss."--Karin Slaughter

"Daniel Woodrell higher watch his again. . . . Weight of Blood is a annoying, taut novel and a really outstanding debut. . . . A suspenseful thrill trip that satisfies in the entire correct ways."--BookPage

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No signs of murder, no signs of death. Just a sunny bedroom with plain farmhouse fur- 60 Tess Gerritsen niture. She stood there, taking it all in, not budging even when the phone rang in the living room. After a while the ringing stopped. She went into the bedroom and sat on the bed. It seemed like a bad dream now, what she’d seen here. She thought, If I just concentrate hard enough, I’ll wake up. I’ll find it was a nightmare. Then she stared down at the floor and saw, by the foot of the bed, a brown stain in the oak planks.

Now, that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Here’s this crime of passion, see? She uses her own knife. Pure impulse. ” “She must be brighter than you think,” Evelyn said, sniffing. ” asked Chase. “The suspect herself. ” “Of course she is. She’s fighting for her life,” said Evelyn. ” asked Chase. “She insisted on it. Not that it would’ve hurt her case if she flunked. ” asked Evelyn. “It doesn’t. ” Chase stared off toward the sea. He, too, was bothered. Not by the facts, but by his own instincts.

Then she stared down at the floor and saw, by the foot of the bed, a brown stain in the oak planks. At once she rose and left the room. She walked into the living room just as the phone rang again. Automatically she picked up the receiver. ” “Lizzie Borden took an ax and gave her mother forty whacks. ” Miranda dropped the receiver. In horror she backed away, staring at the dangling earpiece. The caller was laughing now. She could hear the giggles, cruel and childlike, emanating from the receiver.

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