My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What makes an amazing thriller? Creepy characters, family secrets, a surreal setting, a touch of romance, an intriguing mystery you just can’t seem to figure out?
Emily Carpenter packs it all into “The Weight of Lies,” a beautifully crafted mystery/thriller which pulls you in from the first pages and doesn’t let up until the very end. I enjoyed every minute of this book, and am wondering how I’m going to possibly follow it up.
Megan Ashley is a trust fund kid trying to find her own calling and her own identity after living in the shadow of her famous mother her entire life. Her mother wrote a phenomenally popular bestseller as a young woman (think the “50 Shades” type success), based loosely on the tragic events of a summer she spent at a hotel on a remote Georgia coastal island. Now, Megan decides to solve the decades-old mystery once and for all, visiting the now shuttered hotel and writing her own book. But she can’t shake the bad feelings that engulf her as she spends time on the island. What happened all those years ago? And how will it all come to a head now, 40 years later?
The atmosphere of this book is tremendous. You can’t quite get a grip on the characters as you meet them. Everyone seems to have something to hide and something to gain from the situation so it creates an atmosphere of miss trust and tension that ripples deliciously throughout the book.
That ambiguity and the multiple layers of the story really make the central mystery so compelling and just out of reach. You think you have it solved several times throughout the novel, but then something else throws you in a new direction. I didn’t guess the ending ahead of time.
I enjoyed the excerpts of Frances’ famous book, “Kitten” throughout the novel, but would have enjoyed a book summary or something to clear up exactly what happened. We just get glimpses, but no the total picture explained. Like, I wish the CliffNotes summary of “Kitten” was the last chapter, lol.
Bottom line: Anyone who enjoys a good mystery/thriller in the vein of “Girl on the Train” or Gillian Flynn’s novel should go get this book right away. You won’t regret it.