Weight of Blood-Laura McHugh
The body of a peer, Cherie, was found displayed which sends Lucy on a quest to understand what happened to her mother-a beautiful outsider who captured her father’s heart and disappeared soon after her birth- as well as why Cherie was killed so graphically.
If previously I had read a book that one might call well written chick lit and ended up ambivalent, this was the perfect antidote. This is also a book focused upon character development and the relationships between people (the things that make up ‘chick lit’) but it is also gritty. The Missouri hills are both gorgeous and dangerous-echoing the tangled social and historical landscape of the town. The characters are strong characters-well written with realistic reactions to some pretty awful situations. The plot is focused upon outsiders and the way they may be treated in a small town. There are allies (a romantic interest that is handled well) as well as villians. This might be overwhelmingly depressing in other hands (especially with a name like Weight of Blood) but there was something optimistic about McHugh’s ending that solidified my enjoyment of the book.