The Weight of Lies A Novel Author:Emily Carpenter In this gripping, atmospheric family drama, a young woman investigates the forty-year-old murder that inspired her mother?s bestselling novel, and uncovers devastating truths?and dangerous lies.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 glo... more »w 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.« less
I couldn't get into this one. The chapters alternate between the main story and excerpts from Frances' novel, which was supposedly fantastic enough to inspire a following of "Kitty cultists"... I did not find the excerpts entertaining, and felt they did nothing to add to the story.
The main story plodded along slowly. The characters of Meg and Frances were annoying, and the ending was over the top and contrived.