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Summary

People still whisper about Lucy Dane’s mother, who vanished years ago from the town of Henbane, deep in the Ozark mountains.

When one of Lucy’s friends is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost women: by the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn’t protect.

But her search for answers, in a place where secrets are easily concealed, leads her to a chilling discovery.

And with this revelation, she must grapple with the meaning of family, the secrets we keep and the lengths to which we will go to protect the ones we love.

©2015 Laura McHugh (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks

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"It is a long time since I have read a debut as impressive as Laura McHugh's The Weight of Blood. It is a chilling portrait of a small town in the Ozarks where violent men are protected and young women vanish." (Joan Smith, The Sunday Times)

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Absorbing, convincing thriller with great characters

One of the best crime mysteries I have read/listened to. Two unusual narrators and a cast of complex characters who seem really real. I loved the setting in the ozarks. The book is so much better than the title suggests- I think the title sounds a bit "run of the mill thriller". Also great performances. I feel sad that I don't get to hear more about what happens next to the characters!