The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter
“You tell me a story, you weave me a tale. But I travel alone, Down the dark twisted trail.” YA”LL. THIS BOOK. All the stars. Creepy children (check) intense southern gothic vibe (check) dysfunctional mother/daughter relationship (check) . Brilliant, gripping, heart-pounding and just all around fantastic, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK.
The synopsis: 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 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.
The suspense was palpable and I found myself holding my breath several times as I raced through the pages of this exceptionally written southern gothic thriller. I was completely engrossed in the cult classic horror novel setting and just thought the plot was brilliant. While I thought this was a wonderful homage to the old school horror books and films, it is also absolutely modern in the ingenuity with which Emily Carpenter delves in to the psychological thriller genre that we know and love today.
There are SO MANY twists and turns throughout The Weight of Lies and I loved how the chapters in this book alternated between excerpts from Frances’ horror novel and then back to her daughter Megan in the present day. Did Frances write a recreation of a murder she committed? Was she a witness to this brutal crime and drew from her knowledge as an accessory? Or was the story simply legend lore from the island… something that Megan’s mother chose to enhance and cash in on in the form of a book? If you are looking for a chilling summer mystery to lose yourself in – look no further. The Weight of Lies is out now and I urge you to get a copy. Many thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.