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.
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.
I loved this book! The Weight of Lies is a story of deception, lies, and murder. I’m finding it difficult to do a review without giving too much away. I’ll do my best to just set the stage of what is to come without any big spoilers.
Megan Ashley is in Las Vegas when an unexpected letter arrives. It’s a birthday invitation from Frances Ashley, Megan’s mom. Frances is the world-famous author of the best selling book Kitten. Frances was only 19 years old when she wrote Kitten and the fortieth anniversary is right around the corner. Megan hasn’t spoken to her mom in three years and has no intention of attending her mom’s birthday party until she reads that Edgar isn’t doing well. She immediately drops everything and finds the first flight home. Edgar is her mom’s agent, Megan’s rock. She has no father, so Edgar means everything to her.
When Megan arrives at her mom’s apartment in New York she find Asa Block and no mom. Asa is Frances’s new personal assistant and has to break the news to Megan that the party has been cancelled and her mom is in Palm Springs. Asa has been eagerly awaiting Megan’s return to NY. He has a most unusual proposition for her – he wants her to write a memoir of her life, her relationship with her mom, and the truth behind the story of Kitten. This unexpected opportunity catches Megan off-guard, and before she knows it she is off to Bonny Island, the place that inspired her mom to write Kitten. She is eager to uncover the truth about her mom and finally gain an understanding of her mom’s past. She was finally going to meet the real Kitten – Dorothy Kitchens.
This book has an unusual format that I have personally never seen before. It alternates between present day and excerpts from the book Frances Ashley wrote, Kitten. This format worked really well in the telling of this story, as well as aiding in increasing the intensity of the present day storyline.
The further I got into this book and as the layers started to get peeled back, I realized it was going to be much more complex than I had originally thought. It reads like a mystery within a mystery. Even Megan was confused:
“I had no idea what anyone around here was up to.”
The book kept me thinking throughout. Where did the truth lie? Was it with Frances, Dorothy, or somewhere in between?
This is my first Emily Carpenter book and definitely won’t be my last!
*Thank you NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing , and Emily Carpenter for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.
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My Rating: 5/5
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: 6/6/2017
Pages: 382 (eBook)