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"This robust, old-fashioned gothic mystery has everything you're looking for: a creepy old house, a tenant with a secret history, and even a few ghosts. Laura McHugh's novel sits at the intersection of memory and history, astutely asking whether we carry the past or it carries us."?Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Storyteller and Leaving Time A haunting novel from the author of The Weight of Blood about a young woman's return to her childhood home?and her encounter with the memories and secrets it holds Arrowood is the most ornate and grand of the historical houses that line the Mississippi River in southern Iowa. But the house has a mystery it has never revealed: It's where Arden Arrowood's younger twin sisters vanished on her watch twenty years ago?never to be seen again. After the twins' disappearance, Arden's parents divorced and the Arrowoods left the big house that had been in their family for generations. And Arden's own life has fallen apart: She can't finish her master's thesis, and a misguided love affair has ended badly. She has held on to the hope that her sisters are still alive, and it seems she can't move forward until she finds them. When her father dies and she inherits Arrowood, Arden returns to her childhood home determined to discover what really happened to her sisters that traumatic summer. Arden's return to the town of Keokuk?and the now infamous house that bears her name?is greeted with curiosity. But she is welcomed back by her old neighbor and first love, Ben Ferris, whose family, she slowly learns, knows more about the Arrowoods' secrets and their small, closed community than she ever realized. With the help of a young amateur investigator, Arden tracks down the man who was the prime suspect in the kidnapping. But the house and the surrounding town hold their secrets close?and the truth, when Arden finds it, is more devastating than she ever could have imagined. Arrowood is a powerful and resonant novel that examines the ways in which our lives are shaped by memory. As with her award-winning debut novel, The Weight of Blood, Laura McHugh has written a thrilling novel in which nothing is as it seems, and in which our longing for the past can take hold of the present in insidious and haunting ways. Praise for Arrowood "Superb and subtle psychological suspense, and a compelling mystery, too . . . I thought I knew who did it, but I was wrong?four times." ?Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels "An eloquently eerie tale." ? Booklist "Poignant . . . lyrical." ? Publishers Weekly (starred review) Praise for The Weight of Blood "Laura McHugh's atmospheric debut . . . conjures a menacingly beautiful Ozark setting and a nest of poisonous family secrets reminiscent of Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone ." ?Vogue "A tense, taut novel and a truly remarkable debut . . . a suspenseful thrill ride that satisfies in all the right ways." ? BookPage "[An] expertly crafted thriller." ? Entertainment Weekly, "The Must List" From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau/Random House Publishing Group, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812996401
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jan 25, 2017

This is indeed a gothic mystery that felt like "Sharp Objects" by Flynn. After reviewing the details about the "Sharp Objects" I see many similarities. Both Arden and Camille are from dysfunctional families and have physical scars from their past. Both are set in old river towns. Both are about solving past crimes involving young girls. No wonder!

I did like "Arrowood" better. Perhaps partly because I am an Iowa girl and loved reading a book set in my home state. Arden is a sympathetic character and you want her to be successful in her quest for truth. The journey she goes on has its own missteps and detours, but she does come to a place in the end where she can move forward and that is a victory.

Jan 12, 2017

Really enjoyed this psychological thriller.

Sep 21, 2016

A young woman inherits her family home called Arrowood in Keokuk, Iowa, scene of a family tragedy when her toddler twin sisters were abducted and who remain missing. She had lived a charmed life those first eight years, now a graduate student her return to her home town will seek to answer the ‘can you go home again’ question?

You’ll get a nice portrayal of life in a small Mississippi River town; great sketches of family and friends touched by the tragedy, but a bit for me, unbelievable, though eerie, ending.

DBRL_ANNEG Sep 12, 2016

Author Laura McHugh does a great job creating the dark, foreboding atmosphere that sets the tone for her stories. She effortlessly illustrates the run-down Midwest river town setting of this book. The story twists and turns and will grab readers and not let go until the long-lived mystery finally is resolved.

ehbooklover Sep 08, 2016

4.5 stars. A spooky old mansion. Gothic elements. Missing twin girls. Untrustworthy and complicated characters that kept me guessing "whodunnit". I was seriously obsessed with this book as soon as I read the synopsis and it definitely did not disappoint. I just loved this one!

Aug 29, 2016

Could not put it down! Great read.

Aug 19, 2016

I was very disappointed with this second book. I gave "The Weight of Blood" a 5.4* rating. I found this one quite boring - descriptions galore and reminiscences of her past somewhat repetitive. The ending, I thought, was flat. Don't know why there is all the enthusiasm. Wouldn't recommend.

Aug 14, 2016

This isn't a fast paced, edge of your seat mystery. And though I've also see it labeled as a psychological suspense, I don't think that is quite right either. It's more of a leisurely stroll down mystery lane. But it is well written and has a good setting. The main character of Arden is likeable but a little lackluster. I would rate this as an average, easy read

DBRL_LaurenW Jul 28, 2016

McHugh is masterful when it comes to vividly rendering place and setting, as well as the psychology of her main characters. This novel is moody, atmospheric and melancholy with a delicious undercurrent of suspense.

JCLHilaryS Jul 06, 2016

This second novel from Laura McHugh set in Keokuk IA is a compelling read. The descriptions of a dying town and a character stuck in the past create a dark mood for the events. McHugh keeps the story from going too dark with a strong lead character and a focus on memories of the past. Not a psychological thriller, but similarities between Flynn's Dark Places and Arrowood may lead readers to expect more of a dramatic or twisted ending.

I received an ARC from Goodreads.

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