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Arrowood: A Novel - Laura McHugh
Arrowood: A Novel
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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 secrets it holds   Arrowood is the most ornate and grand of the historical houses that line the Mississippi River in southern Iowa. But the house has... show more
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 secrets it holds   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 fell apart: She can’t finish her master’s thesis; 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 whose website, Midwest Mysteries, is devoted to solving local cold cases, Arden tracks down the man who was the prime suspect in the kidnapping, though he was never convicted of the crime. 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 whether it carries us.”—Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of The Storyteller and Leaving Time   “Poignant . . . lyrical.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)   “An eloquently eerie tale.”—Booklist
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780812996395 (0812996399)
ASIN: 0812996399
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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My Never Ending List
My Never Ending List rated it
3.5 Arrowood
They vanished when Arden was 8. They were playing outside, when she quickly went around the corner of the house to retrieve something and when she came back, her twin 21-month old sisters were gone. She remembers seeing a gold car, it was moving down the street with her sisters inside, that was the ...
debbiekrenzer
debbiekrenzer rated it
#ARROWOOD For the most part, I thought this was a pretty good story. However, there were numerous times when the story would take off and my heart was pumping, it was all good. Then, bam, it would slow down. There was several times that it did this. And when it did, it not only took away from the s...
Iron Canuck
Iron Canuck rated it
4.0 Enjoyable read in a series
A family is torn apart after the disappearance of the twins. Arden comes back to the home where the twins disappeared, and her life will never be the same. Josh gets her thinking about what she remembers until she starts looking at other people and thinking about what others tell her to get to the t...
It's a Mad Mad World
It's a Mad Mad World rated it
5.0 Arrowood by Laura McHugh
Arden's twin sister disappeared when she was eight years old. The last memory she has is of a golden car driving away with sisters in it. Not long after that the family packed up their belongings and moved away from Keokuk. Now almost 20 years have passed and she is back home in. Her father is dead ...
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