Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of a 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.
Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire! The Weight of Lies is addictive, fast-paced, and gripping. Carpenter gives readers the right amount of horror, romance, and mystery. The book had me speculating and guessing until the end (which I liked). It’s clear, Frances (mother) and Meg (daughter) have a dysfunctional and antagonistic relationship. Meg has a lot of resentment toward her mother and decides the ultimate revenge is writing a tell-all memoir about the skeletons in her closet. And that’s where the story takes off…Initially, what caught my attention about this book was the cover, but once I started reading it, I did not want to put it down. Carpenter spins a plot full of twists and surprises at a fast pace — a lot happening at once so keep up! The novel shifts between the present and chapter excerpts from Frances’s best-seller thriller, Kitten. Another great summer read to add to your tbr list!
Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for granting me an ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review.