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The Weight of Blood

(2014)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Barry Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
For fans of Gillian Flynn, Scott Smith, and Daniel Woodrell comes a gripping, suspenseful novel about two mysterious disappearances a generation apart.

INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS AWARD WINNER AND BARRY AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BOOKPAGE
 
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.
 
The Weight of Blood is an urgent look at the dark side of a bucolic landscape beyond the arm of the law, where a person can easily disappear without a trace. Laura McHugh proves herself a masterly storyteller who has created a harsh and tangled terrain as alive and unforgettable as the characters who inhabit it. Her mesmerizing debut is a compelling exploration of the meaning of family: the sacrifices we make, the secrets we keep, and the lengths to which we will go to protect the ones we love.
 
Praise for The Weight of Blood
 
“[An] expertly crafted thriller.”Entertainment Weekly, “The Must List”

“Haunting . . . [a] riveting debut.”Los Angeles Times

“Laura McHugh’s atmospheric debut . . . conjures a menacingly beautiful Ozark setting and a nest of poisonous family secrets reminiscent of Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone.”—Vogue

“Fantastic . . . a mile-a-minute thriller.”The Dallas Morning News

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"McHugh's debut is as lush and evocative as its Ozark setting, with luminous prose and characters you can't help rooting for, even as the mystery surrounding them intensifies and the odds against them grow more and more harrowing. I couldn't put it down." - Carla Buckley

"Laura McHugh's vivid and enthralling The Weight of Blood centers on a mother and daughter in a seemingly benign yet deeply horrifying small town. It kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page to the last." - Vanessa Diffenbaugh

"The Weight of Blood pulled me in and wouldn't let go. What starts as Lucy's coming-of-age story becomes a chilling tale about the price of secrets. As the menace deepens, so does the tension. Laura McHugh has written a terrific novel." - Meg Gardiner

"Once I picked up Laura McHugh's The Weight of Blood, I couldn't put it down. I kept turning pages long into the night, bewitched by the enchanting Ozark landscape and the haunting murder mystery at its heart. The Weight of Blood is the kind of novel that leaves the reader breathless and wanting more." - Amy Greene

"An elegant time bomb of a novel, a coming-of age story that holds you captive from the first sentence and doesn't let go of you after the last." - Tracy Guzeman

"In this riveting debut, Laura McHugh weaves together the stories of two women, separated by a generation, who each reveal pieces of a story that gains momentum and power as its shape becomes clear. This novel will keep you up all night." - Christina Baker Kline

"A fantastic novel, rich in character and atmosphere . . . This is one you won't want to miss." - Karin Slaughter


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Hardback Editions

March 2015 : UK Hardback

Title: The Weight Of Blood
Author(s): Laura McHugh
ISBN: 1-4448-2311-6 / 978-1-4448-2311-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Ltd
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July 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Weight Of Blood (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
Author(s): Laura McHugh
ISBN: 1-4104-7030-X / 978-1-4104-7030-0 (USA edition)
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July 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Weight of Blood
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ISBN: 0-09-195415-0 / 978-0-09-195415-4 (UK edition)
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March 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Weight of Blood: A Novel
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Title: The Weight of Blood
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January 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Weight of Blood: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-8129-8533-8 / 978-0-8129-8533-7 (USA edition)
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March 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Weight of Blood
Author(s): Laura McHugh
ISBN: 0-09-195416-9 / 978-0-09-195416-1 (UK edition)
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October 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Weight of Blood
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October 2015 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Weight of Blood
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October 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Weight of Blood
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March 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Weight of Blood: A Novel
Author(s): Laura McHugh
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March 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Weight of Blood: A Novel
Author(s): Laura McHugh
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July 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Weight of Blood
Author(s): Laura McHugh
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March 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Weight of Blood: A Novel
Author(s): Laura McHugh
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