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Review: The Weight of Blood

December 18, 2014

The Weight of Blood

Lucy Dane has always missed her mother and can’t understand why she left when Lucy was an infant.  Now Lucy’s friend Cheri has been found murdered and, with the help of a young man, Lucy is determined to figure out what happened.  They discover a horrible secret hidden in hills of their small town – a secret that has ruined many lives through the years.

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh is a gem of a debut novel.  It’s dark, gritty, and full of tension.  It’s set in Henbane, a small town in the Ozarks that is simmering with corruption and evil.  I found the book compelling and horrifying at the same time and enjoyed it very much.  I look forward to reading more of McHugh’s work in the future.

Lucy is such a sympathetic character.  She doesn’t remember her mother but longs to know her.  She’s shunned by the community because of her resemblance to her mother – instead of making her bitter, it makes her stronger.  When her friend Cheri (who’s an outcast as well) is murdered, Lucy seems to be the only one who’s concerned with what happened.

The story is told from several different points of view and I have to admit that there were times that I struggled to figure out who was telling the story.  That may have been because I experienced The Weight of Blood on audio, though.  The audio is narrated very well by Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Shannon McManus, and Sofia Willingham but I couldn’t always remember which voice went with each character.  It all came together, though, and I ended liking this book a whole lot!

Listen to a sample:

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
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21 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    December 18, 2014 6:50 am

    I liked this one as well Kathy.

  2. December 18, 2014 7:12 am

    I think reading it may be better for me.

  3. December 18, 2014 7:45 am

    Stories like this seem so well-suited to multiple-narrator audio productions. They’re generally a hit with me.

  4. December 18, 2014 8:23 am

    This one has been on my TBR list for awhile now…I just need to get to it!

  5. December 18, 2014 10:15 am

    This one sounds good…I wouldn’t be able to do audio, however; listening is not my thing. LOL. Which is funny, considering that I spent 30 years in a career involving “listening.”

  6. Patty permalink
    December 18, 2014 11:30 am

    I loved this book!

  7. Literary Feline permalink
    December 18, 2014 12:01 pm

    I’ve heard wonderful things about this book and hope to read it some day. I am glad you liked it!

  8. December 18, 2014 12:09 pm

    Haven’t heard of it but it sounds good!

  9. December 18, 2014 12:52 pm

    This book has been sitting on my stacks for too long! I picked it up, read the first chapter and then it disappeared (my daughter borrowed it). I plan on it being one of my January reads.

  10. December 18, 2014 1:20 pm

    I enjoyed this a lot too. I had the same experience with the audio. I had to work a bit harder and pay more attention to detail than usual, especially since some of the characters were present in both timelines and some of the voices sounded similar.

  11. December 18, 2014 1:38 pm

    Glad you enjoyed it! If I try it, I think it will be in print.

  12. swright9 permalink
    December 18, 2014 4:30 pm

    It sounds pretty gripping to me …

  13. December 18, 2014 5:19 pm

    This sounds like a good, suspenseful read!

  14. December 18, 2014 9:59 pm

    Kathy, I’m glad you enjoyed this audiobook. It sounds quite engaging. (You are remarkable. How do you find the time to listen to so many books?!)

  15. December 18, 2014 10:32 pm

    I’ve been hearing about this book, and forgot to put it on my Christmas list! Aaagh! Your review has made me wish I had, so I could hope for it to read under the tree. I enjoyed your review very much, Kathy.

  16. December 19, 2014 2:37 am

    This does sound really good! The audio sample sounds good, but I can imagine it would be hard to keep track of all the characters. I’ll keep this one in mind!

  17. December 20, 2014 11:39 pm

    I’ve seen this one but didn’t really know what it was about. This looks like one I’d like!

  18. Beth F permalink
    December 22, 2014 6:37 am

    I like multiple view stories and you’ve made this one sound great.

  19. December 22, 2014 12:28 pm

    I read this one, and raved about it!! Glad you enjoyed too

  20. December 31, 2014 1:42 pm

    ooooooo this one sounds so good! Multiple POV stories make for fascinating reads and this one is going to the top of my TBR! Thanks for sharing!

  21. bookingmama permalink
    January 6, 2015 11:33 am

    We read this one for my book club. It was a good read and a good book for discussion.

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