Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):
The Dane family's roots tangle deep in the Ozark Mountain town of Henbane, but that doesn't keep sixteen-year-old Lucy Dane from being treated like an outsider. Folks still whisper about her mother, a bewitching young stranger who inspired local myths when she vanished years ago. When one of Lucy's few friends, slow-minded Cheri, is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost girls-the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn't protect. Everything changes when Lucy stumbles across Cheri's necklace in an abandoned trailer and finds herself drawn into a search for answers. What Lucy discovers makes it impossible to ignore the suspicion cast on her own kin. More alarming, she suspects Cheri's death could be linked to her mother's disappearance, and the connection between the two puts Lucy at risk of losing everything. In a place where the bonds of blood weigh heavy, Lucy must decide where her allegiances lie.
**Many thanks to Net Galley and Random House publishing for this advanced reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.**
This insomniac's opnion:
Thrillers aren't always me thing. I have to be in the right frame of mind and mood when reading them, and that doesn't seem to be often. However, this novel peaked my interest when I read it's blurb on Net Galley and saw some of the early book buzz. I am so very glad that I took the chance on this novel!
This novel has a very dark tone a la Gillian Flynn, so if that is not the type of novel for you, you may want to pass on this one. The bleakness of the tone lends so much to this story of deception and intrigue that I cannot see how it could have been done any other way. Laura McHugh paints such a vivid picture of life in the Ozarks, I felt as though I was there living amongst the poverty stricken country folk. The characters were distinctly written and the twists in the plot were satisfying and believable.
I did feel like the end was a bit too trite and I would've liked a bit more resolution for Lucy, but overall a wonderful, twisty story of intrigue! Highly recommended!
Worth staying up all night to read?