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The Weight of Blood Audiobook

The Weight of Blood: A Novel

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Audible Editor Reviews

"[A] suspenseful novel, with a barn burner of a plot…. McHugh shows herself to be a compelling writer intimately familiar with rural poverty and small-town weirdness." (Booklist)

Publisher's Summary

For fans of Gillian Flynn, Scott Smith, and Daniel Woodrell comes a gripping, suspenseful novel about two mysterious disappearances a generation apart.

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.

©2014 Laura McHugh (P)2014 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"In this clever, multilayered debut, McHugh deftly explores the past of an Ozark Mountain family… with plenty to hide and the ruthlessness to keep their secrets hidden…. This is an outstanding first novel, replete with suspense, crisp dialogue, and vivid Ozarks color and atmosphere." (Publishers Weekly)

"Debut novelist McHugh comes out swinging with this gripping tale set in the Ozarks of Missouri…. Her prose will not only keep readers turning the pages but also paints a real and believable portrait of the connections, alliances, and sacrifices that underpin rural, small-town life in Henbane." (Library Journal)

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    Margeaux Lucas 05-10-14 Member Since 2016
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    A wonderfully written story about the dark side of small town life. The author uses multiple points of view to great effect; unfolding a tale that is both horrifying and mesmerizing. The desperation of poverty looms large, but there is kindness as well, and fierce loyalty to family and friends. I loved the narrators' voices, which felt authentic and just right to me. Wonderful story, narration and characters. Highly entertaining. A win on all levels.

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    Teri Bremerton, WA, United States 04-24-14
    Teri Bremerton, WA, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up The Weight of Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Not what you think (ok that's not 3 words)


    What did you like best about this story?

    I don't know what I was exactly expecting from this book , but it blew me away, I was so sucked up in the story I really enjoyed it


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Ozarks the other side of the woods


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    Melissa 04-23-14
    Melissa 04-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Weight of Blood to be better than the print version?

    The good thing about the print version is that you can basically put your own voice to each character. In the beginning of a book in print I don't have a defined voice but when I get to know the character I start to picture their voice, behavior and mannerisms.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lila was my favorite character. At first I did not realize how Lila and Lucy connected. But then it all worked out and it was if Lila was guiding Lucy at some points in the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hmm that is difficult because the content was quite difficult and sometimes difficult to find any comfort while listening to the story. But if I have to choose it was when Lila is saved from the garage.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Lila felt that she could actually have a home in a place where she felt so uncomfortable, she was willing to make it work for her child and family.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was surprising in several ways. Its not a book that is full of fluff and good vibes. The content is somewhat uncomfortable at times however, that makes you want to know how it all turns out in the end.

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    diane 04-19-14
    diane 04-19-14

    graphic & fine artist

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    "enjoyed this fiction"

    well written and well delivered. I enjoyed listening to this book and it held my interest as being suspenseful with good character development.

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    Marina Cisneros-Sicle 03-28-14
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    "Same secrets are not to be discover"
    What made the experience of listening to The Weight of Blood the most enjoyable?

    Lucy's pursue of the truth.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the way the characters are interralated


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    If I tell i would spoil the moment to others.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!

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    Danon 03-28-14
    Danon 03-28-14 Member Since 2008
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    "This is set in my neck of the woods"
    What did you love best about The Weight of Blood?

    I loved most that I grew up and still live in this area, recognizing and feeling a part of the places mentioned in this book


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author pulled me into the story, it was authentic for this area. Her descriptions were so well done I could see the characters, their faces, their mannerisms.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was distinctive, easily understood, and spoke with the correct accents or in my way of thinking - no accent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I practically did. I listened until bedtime, forgoing TV and was back listening first thing in the morning.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this author write more books, hopefully set in the same location. I can assure you I will buy and listen to them.

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    marjolaine 03-28-14
    marjolaine 03-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The Narrator Makes the Story"
    If you could sum up The Weight of Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Believable, Predictable, Interesting


    Any additional comments?

    This book is worth reading but beware the subject matter is very distasteful. The ending was disappointing given the build-up however, the narration was so top-notch and perfectly suited to all the characters that any short-comings were easily overlooked.

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    Jim N Chicago, IL 03-24-14
    Jim N Chicago, IL 03-24-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A Powerful Mystery"

    This well-narrated novel about a girl not only coming of age but coming to grips with the mystery of her lost mother's disappearance and the more recent death of a friend is alive with the local color of the Ozarks. The reader not only feels the weight of family ties alluded to in the novel's title but also the intimate connections the people who dwell in a small, rural community. Laura McHugh's debut is an excellent read and I won't be surprised if it's up for an Audie award at the end of the year. I'm glad I took a chance on this book!

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    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 03-23-14
    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2016

    Life's good when I am listening to a great book.

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    "Good Mystery; Just a Little Juvenile"

    I enjoyed the narration of this book, the voices were easy to listen to and understand with good pacing. It took me some time, however, to sort out who was who in the beginning and after about two hours when I finally figured out what was going on, I went back and listened to many parts to solidify what I had missed when I was trying to place what was happening in the story. After that, the book was very good as the teen-age (19 year old) protagonist was working to solve two mysteries, the death of her friend and then the death of her mother. The mystery became involved and suspenseful keeping me interested and impressed with the author's ability to create such an intricate tale. Unfortunately, I felt the ending was a bit disappointing but will leave that up to you to decide. This book could be for a teen or young adult audience but works for adults too. If there was a 3.8, I would have given that but there isn't and the storyline was not quite good enough to make a 4 for me.

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    Meagan vR Ohio 03-22-14
    Meagan vR Ohio 03-22-14 Member Since 2013

    I collect spores, molds, and fungus.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes- the book is very engaging


    Any additional comments?

    Really great story- liked how different actors voiced different characters rather than one actor trying to do all the voices. Disappointed that there are no other books written by this author. Really grabs you from the very first paragraph up through the end.

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