The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Date read: June 14 – 26, 2017
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars
A unique read with a book within a book.
Why I wanted to read this one…….I was really intrigued by the title and cover of this book which had me wanting to read it right away. I have also seen so many great reviews for this novel that had me curious enough to see if I would love it as much as some of my other friends did. I didn’t love it but it was an enjoyable read though.
Thoughts & what it’s all about…(Since Brenda’s thoughts and review is once again very similar to mine some of her wonderful review is intertwined into mine.)
THE WEIGHT OF LIES by EMILY CARPENTER is an atmospheric, interesting, engaging, and entertaining read here that was uniquely told with a story within a story. A mystery from the past was interwoven with excerpts from a horror novel which added some suspense and tension to the story. There is some family drama, complicated relationships, hidden lies, and unexpected truths with plenty of twists and turns that did keep me interested in seeing how this story was going to all playout.
The story is told from the perspective of our main character, Megan (Meg) who is estranged from her Mother who has written a famous novel that has many cult followers. At first to spite her mother Meg agrees to write her own novel based on her Mother and her relationship with her. Revenge turns dangerous as she is drawn into the mystery of the past that is inspired by her Mother’s novel “Kitten” as Meg goes on a truth seeking mission to uncover the truth behind Kitten. As she digs up the past, things start to get dark and creepy as she uncovers lies and begins to question who she can trust and not trust.
What I liked….I loved the creepy atmosphere of Bonny Island and the old mansion turned hotel which added to the creepiness and brought some edge to the story. I also really enjoyed the Native American mythology that was interwoven into the story.
What I didn’t like…..There was so much going on throughout this story that I did find somewhat distracting to figure out if it was in the past or the present.
To sum it all up it was a gripping, steady-paced, and an enjoyable read with a neat and satisfying ending. Would recommend!!
Thank you so much to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Emily Carpenter for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book for a fair and honest review.