Review: WEIGHT OF LIES by Emily Carpenter

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Thank you to Emily Carpenter and Lake Union Publishing for my free copy in exchange for my honest review.


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.

My Review:

Weight of Lies is about Megan, the daughter of a famous author, Frances, who wrote a horror book many years ago called Kitten. The story unfolds as Megan tries to write a memoir about her awful relationship with her mother and also about how the story of Kitten came about. She finds out along the way all the secrets and lies of her past.

I really LOVED the plot and the alternating Kitten chapters. I also enjoyed how the book kept me guessing until the very end. However, I felt it read a lot like a YA mystery, which isn’t a bad thing but not what I was expecting. Also, I found Megan a bit annoying at times, but it didn’t prevent me from being interested in what happened next. I thought the southern atmospheric feel was perfect for this story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fun, twisty mystery.

I rated this book a SUPER FUN 4 / 5 stars!

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