I have to admit, of late I’ve been in a weird book lull. It happens every few weeks and we always push through, but it takes a special book to get us back into the reading zone. Laura McHugh’s “The Weight of Blood,” was a much needed jolt to the system after several blah books.
Set in the Ozark Mountains, The Weight of Blood follows the teenaged Lucy Dane during one long high-school summer as she seeks answers about the disappearance of her mother and the murder of a classmate. The landscape upon which the story unfolds is beautifully rich and atmospheric, and the characters fit into the backdrop seamlessly. McHugh also treats the reader to chapter-long snippets told from varying perspectives, which nicely contribute to the plot’s crescendo and eventual resolution.
The blurb for this book, which comes out in March 2014, recommends this book for fans of Gillian Flynn, and I have to agree with their suggestion (NB: Publishers, please please please please stop labeling books as the next “Gone Girl”). “The Weight of Blood” is by no means a feel good, Jodi Piccoult-esque novel; it is dark and the content is heavy in places. Violence is an underlying theme, and it subtly finds its way into the lives of almost every character.
A solid read for a cold, snowy weekend, I definitely think it’s better for fall/winter than summer, “The Weight of Blood” is a well-written (yet somewhat bleak) book that does not disappoint.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Availability: Pre-order on Amazon.com, releases March 11th 2014
xo The Book Bird
Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided in exchange for a fair and honest review by the publisher.