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“You grow up feeling the weight of blood, of family. There’s no forsaking kin. But you can’t help when kin forsakes you or when strangers come to be family.”

It’s no wonder Laura McHugh’s first novel, The Weight of Blood, has been such a sensation.  Lucy has a weight to keep on each shoulder: a secretive mother who left her as a child, and a local friend, Cheri, recently murdered.  When Lucy stumbles upon evidence that could potential ruin members of the only family she has left, how much “blood” truly matters is called into question.

The mystery is set in the Ozarks, a region only five or six hours from O’Fallon.  If you’ve read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, you’re probably already drawing parallels.  Both novels are dark, dripping, and leave the reader guessing until the end; The Weight of Blood stands on its own legs, though, as it brings elements of family and the entire community into play.  (One O’Fallon staff member put it this way:  In Gone Girl, you sort of hate everybody; The Weight of Blood has the same drama, but the characters are actually likable.)

Publishers everywhere have good things to say; it’s “…a fantastic novel, rich in character and atmosphere . . . This is one you won’t want to miss,” Karin Slaughter, author of “Unseen” raved.  We all know, though, that friends’ suggestions often mean more than authors and publishers.  Many staff members of O’Fallon Public Library have enjoyed this book; several call it an all-time favorite.  How can you say no to that?

Thanks for reading –Autumn

This novel was suggested by OFPL manager Michael.  Find more staff suggestions here.

Be sure to check our digital collection for ebook and digital audiobook availability (available for your smartphone or tablet).

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