The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lies, Lies and more Lies.
Kitten, a horror novel written by Frances Ashley is celebrating its 40 years in the market and France’s daughter Megan Ashley is on a revenge quest to destroy her famous novelist mother with whom she has no particular connection. With anger as her ally she travels to Bonny Island which is the actual setting of the novel called Kitten and the Ambletern Hotel where Dorothy Kitchens on whose real life Frances has based the story is living. Doro and Meg connects immediately and Meg sets out to write a tell all book about her cold and unfeeling mother and their fraught and uneasy relationship.

The tension mounts soon enough with Meg’s chapters preceded by a chapter from Kitten and the feeling of menace is all encompassing. There are enough surprises to keep the reader on tenterhooks.

There’s much being discussed in this book, the mother-daughter bond, racism against the Native American people, romance and the 40 year old murder that haunts the lives of Kitchens family. But everything gets tied up neatly in the end with surprising twists that came out of nowhere.

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In this gripping, atmospheric family drama, a young woman investigates the forty-year-old murder that inspired her mother’s bestselling novel, and uncovers devastating truths—and dangerous lies.

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of a 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. 

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