Arrowood

Arrowood

A Novel

Book - 2016
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When Arden Arrowood was four years old, her two-year-old twin sisters were stolen from the front yard of their hometown of Keokuk, Iowa, on the Mississippi River while Arden watched. Twenty years later, she returns home to confront the darkest part of her past. As the mystery unravels, the novel explores the reliability of memory, the stories we tell ourselves, and the power of love.
Publisher: New York :, Spiegel & Grau,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812996395
0812996399
Branch Call Number: F McHugh
Characteristics: 274 pages ;,25 cm

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darladoodles
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.

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Sansha
Jan 12, 2017

Really enjoyed this psychological thriller.

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EmilyEm
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!

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Normajean11
Aug 29, 2016

Could not put it down! Great read.

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Eil_1
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.

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Reads_A_Lot
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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