The opening of the novel is written in the
first person by the main character, Lucy Dane. The story begins with the body
of her friend Cheri Stoddard, found mutilated a year after she had disappeared.
story skillfully moves between Lucy's perspective and that of her mother, Lila.
Different points of view are added as the story unfolds. Lucy Dane, although
born in the town is still considered an outsider by this close-knit community. Everyone
in the town is interconnected in some way.
the initial excitement of the disappearance and murder of Cheri, the people of
Henbane in Ozark County are moving on with their lives. The shock and fear of
the murder has faded.
Cheri's murder it was the disappearance of Lucy's mother that was the biggest
story in town. Lila was an outsider who left when Lucy was a baby. Lucy is
seeking answers to questions that people don't want her to ask. Then, whilst
working, she discovers a necklace in an abandoned mobile home. Lucy had given
it to Cheri and the girl never took it off. Lucy begins digging into Cheri’s
death. Was her friend’s murder linked to the disappearance of her mother? No
one will talk to her. She is convinced that her father and her uncle know
something. But Lucy is determined to get to the truth.
is first-rate and there are quite a lot of characters; their names are used as
chapter headings. This keeps reader engaged with the people involved and their
point of view. The Weight of Blood is an intriguing, multi-layered story,
superbly written, disturbing and dark, with an excellent sense of place. The
threads of the story are drawn together with skill. The conclusion makes sense.
A great debut novel, more please.
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