Title: The Weight of Lies
Author: Emily Carpenter
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: June 6th, 2017
Length: 382 pages | 11 Hours 58 Minutes
Source: Won via Goodreads First Reads Giveaway
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.
I read this book in 3 days, so that tells you how engaging it is. This thriller mystery had me at page one, where the only thing established is a seriously broken mother/daughter relationship. Meg isn’t a character I identify with, but she felt very real- frustrated, drifting, and easy to emotionally manipulate. And that basically was the treatment of every character in the story- none of them were decent people, but they were all incredibly real. And of course, knowing that no one is what they seem only added to the mystery.
I’m one of those people who subconsciously is figuring out every mystery that I come across, and it frustrates me when a writer gives away the ending. Not that they have to be extra-humanly clever, but when you read a lot of fiction, you can spot tells and foreshadowing really adeptly. So I tend to be cynical with mysteries, assuming I’ll have it figured out before the writer wants me to. Not so with The Weight of Lies! I went back and forth, thinking I’d figured it out. The writer definitely played to my prejudices and expectations. And she gave nothing away. So when the end came, I was gasping, tearing through the pages, totally along for the ride.
In all, I highly recommend this one for fans of well-written contemporary thriller/mystery.