• The Weight of Lies

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Kate Orsini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (2,327 ratings)

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The Weight of Lies

By: Emily Carpenter
Narrated by: Kate Orsini
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Editors Select, June 2017

The Weight of Lies is a compulsively listenable whodunit you'll want to be sure to queue up for your next road trip. You know when you want to listen to something clever and entertaining, but not too taxing or highbrow? That's how I felt this month, and The Weight of Lies fit the bill perfectly. Right from the beginning I loved our lead character's slightly snarky voice and quick-witted manner (narrator Emily Carpenter sure can capture privileged rich girl with an underlying southern twang). Add in a contemptuous and complicated mother/daughter dynamic, a "book in a book" plot twist, and a remote barrier island setting, and this psychological thriller became all the more satisfying as my first guilty pleasure of the summer of 2017. —Tricia, Audible Editor

Publisher's summary

In this gripping, atmospheric family drama, a young woman investigates the forty-year-old murder that inspired her mother's bestselling novel, and uncovers devastating truths - and dangerous lies.

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

Digging into the past - and her mother's cult classic - draws Meg to Bonny Island, Georgia, and an unusual woman said to be the inspiration for the book. At first island life seems idyllic, but as Meg starts to ask tough questions, disturbing revelations come to light...including some about her mother.

Soon Meg's search leads her to question the facts of a decades-old murder. She's warned to leave it alone, but as the lies pile up, Meg knows she's getting close to finding a murderer. When her own life is threatened, Meg realizes the darkness found in her mother's book is nothing compared to the chilling truth that lurks off the page.

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