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Product Number: Z100114087
Released: Aug 09, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780451482990
Narrator/s: Sarah Scott
Publisher: Books on Tape
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"Superb and subtle psychological suspense."-Lee Child A haunting novel from the author of The Weight of Blood about a young woman's return to her childhood home-and her encounter with the memories and family secrets it holds ITW THRILLER AWARD FINALIST Arrowood is the most ornate and grand of the historical houses that line the Mississippi River in southern Iowa. But the house has a mystery it has never revealed: It's where Arden Arrowood's younger twin sisters vanished on her watch twenty years ago-never to be seen again. After the twins' disappearance, Arden's parents divorced and the Arrowoods left the big house that had been in their family for generations. And Arden's own life has fallen apart: She can't finish her master's thesis, and a misguided love affair has ended badly. She has held on to the hope that her sisters are still alive, and it seems she can't move forward until she finds them. When her father dies and she inherits Arrowood, Arden returns to her childhood home determined to discover what really happened to her sisters that traumatic summer. Arden's return to the town of Keokuk-and the now infamous house that bears her name-is greeted with curiosity. But she is welcomed back by her old neighbor and first love, Ben Ferris, whose family, she slowly learns, knows more about the Arrowoods' secrets and their small, closed community than she ever realized. With the help of a young amateur investigator, Arden tracks down the man who was the prime suspect in the kidnapping. But the house and the surrounding town hold their secrets close-and the truth, when Arden finds it, is more devastating than she ever could have imagined. Arrowood is a powerful and resonant novel that examines the ways in which our lives are shaped by memory. As with her award-winning debut novel, The Weight of Blood, Laura McHugh has written a thrilling novel in which nothing is as it seems, and in which our longing for the past can take hold of the present in insidious and haunting ways. Praise for Arrowood "This robust, old-fashioned gothic mystery has everything you're looking for: a creepy old house, a tenant with a secret history, and even a few ghosts. Laura McHugh's novel sits at the intersection of memory and history, astutely asking whether we carry the past or it carries us."-Jodi Picoult "An eloquently eerie tale."-Booklist "Poignant...?yrical."-Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A chilling, twisting tale of family, memory, and home...?his engaging and thrilling tale about a young woman's homecoming, the vagaries of memory, and the impact of tragedy on both a town and a family is a terrific choice for Laura Lippman and Sue Grafton readers."-Library Journal (starred review)

Author(s): Laura Mchugh
Original Publish Date: Aug 09, 2016

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Author(s): Laura Mchugh
Product Number EB00628932
Released: Aug 09, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: #9780812996401

Professional reviews

"Arden Arrowood knows loss. Arden's younger sisters went missing when she was just 8 years old, and she has spent the 20 years since searching for them--and for the girl she was before. Narrator Sarah Scott does a compelling job of bringing Arden to life for listeners. After several moves, and the death of her father, she returns to Arrowood, her family home. Once home, she tries to discover what happened to her sisters while also attempting to figure out who she is and what comes next. Scott transitions between characters--and between memory and the present day--seamlessly altering tone, inflection, and cadence. Her delivery enhances the story while building toward the chilling conclusion. Despite the darker plot points, Scott makes Arden's journey relatable for anyone who struggles to avoid being defined by the past while also trying to understand it. K.S.M. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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