This is an exciting book, a good story of life in a very small town in the Ozark region of Missouri where a teenaged girl finds herself caught in the midst of multiple mysteries involving her family and missing girls. The most important missing person is her own mother who disappeared when she was still only an an infant. Her mother left for an errand one day and never returned. Rumor said she was a witch. Rumor said she killed herself. The girl, Lucy, only knows she misses the mother she never really knew and knows there is something wrong, something very wrong, going on in town.

This is not a happily-ever-after land for Lucy. Not when we first meet her. If you are looking for a good mystery with a strong sense of place, some compelling suspense-ful moments combined with great descriptions of the rural countryside and life, then The Weight of Blood is very likely for you.

By Pavan Premaney