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The Weight of Blood por Laura McHugh
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The Weight of Blood (edição 2014)

por Laura McHugh (Autor)

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"The Dane family's roots tangle deep in the Ozark Mountain town of Henbane, but that doesn't keep sixteen-year-old Lucy Dane from being treated like an outsider. Folks still whisper about her mother, a bewitching young stranger who inspired local myths when she vanished years ago. When one of Lucy's few friends, slow-minded Cheri, is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost girls--the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn't protect. Everything changes when Lucy stumbles across Cheri's necklace in an abandoned trailer and finds herself drawn into a search for answers. What Lucy discovers makes it impossible to ignore the suspicion cast on her own kin. More alarming, she suspects Cheri's death could be linked to her mother's disappearance, and the connection between the two puts Lucy at risk of losing everything. In a place where the bonds of blood weigh heavy, Lucy must decide where her allegiances lie"--… (mais)
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Título:The Weight of Blood
Autores:Laura McHugh (Autor)
Informação:Spiegel & Grau (2014), 306 pages
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For most of the book the mystery enthralled me, I felt certain I'd rank it a 5 star read. The final chapters bother me though. Lucy is described as one who must always do the right thing and her pursuit of truth, even at the cost of personal safety, seems to attest to her good heartedness. In the end she really only partly does what is right. Her father Carl is never riled as the wrong doer he truly is. He failed her mother. He is a blind, cowardly fool. And far too weak. He is nearly just as guilty as Crete, his cretin of a brother. I guess what bugs me most about the novel, is the complete and utter lack of justice for the brutalized women. Plus, to end the exploration of the "weight of blood" with a sappy romantic picnic between Daniel and Lucy was a crime in itself. The insular and corrupt townsfolk of Henbane left me fuming, but Lulu's chapters did tug strongly on my heart. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
This isn't something I'd normally pick up, but the audio is narrated by Dorothy Dillingham Blue who did such a great job narrating Mirk and the Midnight Hour that I may grab this audio too.
  NCDonnas | Jan 2, 2021 |
This isn't something I'd normally pick up, but the audio is narrated by Dorothy Dillingham Blue who did such a great job narrating Mirk and the Midnight Hour that I may grab this audio too.
  NCDonnas | Jan 2, 2021 |
Really good. Definitely had me up and wanting to read to find out what happened. ( )
  aelizben | Jun 23, 2020 |
With a potent combination of compelling characters, an intriguing mystery and a vivid setting, Laura McHugh's The Weight of Blood springs vibrantly to life. Set in Henbane, a fictitious town in the Ozarks, seventeen year old Lucy Bane unwittingly unearths an appalling family secret after discovering a valuable clue that could possibly lead to the identity of her friend's killer.

The small town of Henbane is rocked by the discovery of Cheri Stoddard's dismembered body, but the police investigation does not yield any clues as to where she was for the year prior to her death or who killed the young woman. Lucy, Cheri's only friend, feels guilty over not doing more for her lost friend and after she finds evidence in a very unexpected place, she keeps digging for answers and her investigation leads to disquieting information about her mother Lila who vanished without a trace fifteen years earlier.

Lucy is, in many ways, a typical teenager. She has a summer job working for her Uncle Crete and she, along with her friend Bess, get up to the usual teenage shenanigans (breaking curfew, going to parties, etc). Her dad, Carl, is gone for long stretches of time working out of town, and their neighbor Birdie keeps a close eye on her. Lucy knows bits and pieces about her mom so when her search for information about Cheri's death leads to information that links Cheri and Lila to Crete, Lucy tenaciously continues her search for the truth about what happened to both women.

The Weight of Blood unfolds from multiple points of view, but Lucy and Lila are the predominate storytellers. Lila's chapters fill in vital background information about the events leading up to her disappearance and Lucy's of course detail the ongoing discoveries in the present. While the majority of the chapters alternate between Lila and Lucy, later in the story, chapters from supporting characters provide information that is crucial to the storyline.

Although it is a little predictable at times, the plot is nicely executed. The characters are quite engaging, richly developed and sympathetic. Henbane is an insular community and as often happens with small towns, outsiders are viewed with suspicion by the townspeople whose families have often lived there for numerous generations. Families stand together, and their tight bonds sometimes blind them to one another's faults.

A gritty coming of age story, The Weight of Blood is an exceptionally well-written and riveting inaugural novel by Laura McHugh. The cast of characters is colorful, the plot is realistic and although the ending is a little too neat, it is quite satisfying. An absolutely outstanding read that I highly recommend. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
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With her riveting debut, "The Weight of Blood," Laura McHugh makes a strong bid at cementing a new tradition of regional crime fiction while keeping tourism low in the Ozarks........McHugh has crafted a sharp, haunting tale of blood in the Ozarks, as substantial as it is pleasurable to read.

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McHugh cleverly tells the story in several first-person voices, mostly that of Lucy and her mother. The reader will know early on who the primary villain is, and may wonder at Lucy’s naiveté in not figuring it out sooner. But as in real life but oh-so-rarely in fiction, the villain here may not be 100 percent villainous, nor are the good guys necessarily 100 percent blame-free.

The plot will keep readers of The Weight of Blood reading far past their bedtimes, but it’s McHugh’s shadings and subtleties of character that’ll have them looking at their own families with new eyes and looking for her next book with eager ones.
 
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You grow up feeling the weight of blood, of family. There’s no forsaking kin.
It was common knowledge that in the hills, with infinite hiding places, bodies disappeared. They were fed to hogs or buried in the woods or dropped into abandoned wells. They were not dismembered and set out on display. It just wasn't how things were done. It was that lack of adherence to custom that scared people the most. Why would someone risk getting caught to show us what he'd done to Cheri when it would've been so easy to keep her body hidden? The only reasonable explanation was that an outsider was responsible, and outsiders bred fear in a way no homegrown criminal could.
Spring was short-lived. The hills were ecstatic with blooms, an embarrassing wealth of trees and wildflowers: dogwoods in cream and pink, clouds of bright lavender redbuds, carpets of phlox and toothwort and buttercups. Then the leaves filled out the canopy, draping the woods in shadow. The vines and underbrush greened and resumed their constant creeping, and the heat blossomed into a living thing, its unwanted hands upon us at all times.
When Cheri turned up in the tree, I knew uncertainty wasn't the worst part. It was a luxury, a gift. The worst part was knowing for sure that your loved one was dead, and I was grateful then that my mother's body had never been found. The mystery eats away at you, but it leaves a thin rind of hope.
I snapped on the bedside lamp, sending shadows scurrying up the lavender walls, and turned on the fan in the window next to my bed.
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"The Dane family's roots tangle deep in the Ozark Mountain town of Henbane, but that doesn't keep sixteen-year-old Lucy Dane from being treated like an outsider. Folks still whisper about her mother, a bewitching young stranger who inspired local myths when she vanished years ago. When one of Lucy's few friends, slow-minded Cheri, is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost girls--the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn't protect. Everything changes when Lucy stumbles across Cheri's necklace in an abandoned trailer and finds herself drawn into a search for answers. What Lucy discovers makes it impossible to ignore the suspicion cast on her own kin. More alarming, she suspects Cheri's death could be linked to her mother's disappearance, and the connection between the two puts Lucy at risk of losing everything. In a place where the bonds of blood weigh heavy, Lucy must decide where her allegiances lie"--

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