Author : Emily Carpenter
Pages : 382
Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
Publication date : June 6th, 2017
Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.
Digging into the past—and her mother’s cult classic—draws Meg to Bonny Island, Georgia, and an unusual woman said to be the inspiration for the book. At first island life seems idyllic, but as Meg starts to ask tough questions, disturbing revelations come to light…including some about her mother.
Soon Meg’s search leads her to question the facts of a decades-old murder. She’s warned to leave it alone, but as the lies pile up, Meg knows she’s getting close to finding a murderer. When her own life is threatened, Meg realizes the darkness found in her mother’s book is nothing compared to the chilling truth that lurks off the page.
As often happens, I merely skimmed the description of this book and basically picked it up because of another blogger’s raving review. I had no idea what I was getting myself into but I was pleasantly surprised as this is one heck of a ride.
Meg is living a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But the relationship between mother and daughter has always been rocky and when Meg gets the opportunity to write a tell-all memoir, she sees it as a chance to break free from her mother once and for all.
At the heart of The Weight of Lies is a gripping murder mystery. But after all these years, the why and the who remain a bit of a question mark. Considering events happened on a tiny island, you wouldn’t expect a long list of suspects and yet I didn’t trust anyone. Everyone was a suspect in my eyes and I still got it wrong in the end when I was slapped in the face with an incredible twist.
But this novel is more than that. It’s about the weight of lies. Yes, apt title. It’s about secrets, age-old skeletons in closets and family. It’s deliciously spooky and creepy and so very gripping. The author manages to create a multi-layered and complex plot that never gets confusing. I loved the additions of parts of the novel Meg’s mother wrote and the whole concept of a book within a book.
This is one brilliantly constructed psychological suspense novel and you, yes you, should definitely give it a go!
Many thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for my advanced copy, which I chose to review honestly.
The Weight of Lies was published on June 6th.