Arrowood (Laura McHugh)


Laura McHugh
Spiegel & Grau

Arrowood is the most ornate and beautiful of the grand historical houses that line the Mississippi River in southern Iowa, where the days are long and humid and communities are small and closed. It has its own secrets and ghostly presence: It’s where Arden’s young twin sisters were abducted nearly twenty years ago—never to be seen again. Now, Arden has inherited Arrowood, and she returns to her childhood home determined to establish what really happened that traumatic summer. 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.

I knew as soon as I saw the beautiful cover (amazing!) and read the blurb, that this book would be perfect for me. It practically screamed: READ ME! I love big mansions and I love old cases that were never solved. A young woman going back home years after her sister’s disappearance? I’m sold.

At first, this book reminded me of both Dark Places and Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (which are among my favorites, so that’s not really a bad thing). Anyway, this was way more subtle, slow-paced and definitely less gruesome.

Arrowood is one of those stories that are actually more of a drama than a thriller, a novel where the scenery is as important as the plot itself. The Arrowood house is another character in the story and you slowly get to discover it, just as Arden does.

For a moment, I thought that the mystery wouldn’t be solved (there were only a few pages left!), but it finally was. It wasn’t particularly surprising, but then again, this is one of those books where you suspect EVERYONE.

Anyway, I quite liked it and I thought it was pretty tragic. There was something that bothered me (I won’t say it here), but that didn’t prevent me from enjoying this one a lot. Don’t expect a big twist, this is not that kind of book.

Finally, I wanted to say I really liked the characters here and the relationship between Arden and Ben and Josh: it wasn’t your typical triangle and I found that quite refreshing. I’ll read The Weight of Blood soon.

I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

7 thoughts on “Arrowood (Laura McHugh)

  1. Diana says:

    This sounds like quite an interesting read.The blurb is great and I also like the fact that you mentioned that you suspected everyone at some point. I love mysteries that give me many suspects like that. Great review.

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    • Annie says:

      It’s one of those where every character seems to be hiding something hahaha I recommend it, it gave me an uneasy feeling… And the triangle was so well managed!


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