The Weight of Lies: A Novel

The Weight of Lies: A Novel

by Emily Carpenter


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In this gripping, atmospheric family drama, a young woman investigates the forty­-year­-old murder that inspired her mother’s bestselling novel, and uncovers devastating truths—and dangerous lies.

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

Digging into the past—and her mother’s cult classic—draws Meg to Bonny Island, Georgia, and an unusual woman said to be the inspiration for the book. At first island life seems idyllic, but as Meg starts to ask tough questions, disturbing revelations come to light…including some about her mother.

Soon Meg’s search leads her to question the facts of a decades-old murder. She’s warned to leave it alone, but as the lies pile up, Meg knows she’s getting close to finding a murderer. When her own life is threatened, Meg realizes the darkness found in her mother’s book is nothing compared to the chilling truth that lurks off the page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477818435
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 543,569
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Emily Carpenter, a former actor, producer, screenwriter, and behind-the-scenes soap opera assistant, was born and raised in Alabama. After graduating from Auburn University, she moved to New York City and now lives in Georgia with her family. She is the author of Amazon bestseller Burying the Honeysuckle Girls. Visit Emily at and on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Weight of Lies: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
4840318 More than 1 year ago
Yes, yes, yes, all the yes’s. Put this book on your 2017 To Read list. Go on, I’ll wait right here while you download it… I love the “book-in-a-book” format of storytelling, and The Weight of Lies and Emily Carpenter doesn’t disappoint. The book flips back and forth between TWoL in current time, and of the book Kitten, which is really the main star in this book. Kitten is a creepy, cult classic type book that has maintained a high level of fame and fan base over a 40 year span. It was one of those books that you just want to keep turning pages at lightning speed because you NEED to know what is next, but you also don’t want to read too fast because then you know the book will be over. The pacing is just perfect and for someone who reads a lot of psychological thrillers, I definitely did not have this one figured out. Which is just the way I like it! I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes family drama, buried secrets types of books. This one will grip you immediately and have you hooked until the very end.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Frances Ashley wrote a horror story called Kitten and has become famous with a cult following. Meg Ashley is her daughter and has never had to work a day in her life living off the riches of the book. Meg is estranged from her mother and not spoken to her in three years. She gets offered the chance to write a tell-all story about her troubled home life and the story behind Kitten and jumps at the chance to make lots of money and get away from her mother. Meg finds herself at Bonny Island to add more realism to the story. As she is there she finally feels like she is home and makes a connection with Doro Kitchens, the inspiration for Kitten. But as she starts digging she starts to realize that there is more to the real life story when she is first warned then she finds her life in danger. But she can’t quit now, Meg has to learn the truth. Meg is a spoiled little brat that can’t get along with her mother but is sure fast to stick out her hand for money. She decides to write the tell-all to make a break for herself and to get her own money. But as she starts digging into the murders at Bonny Island that the book Kitten is based on things start taking a turn for the worst. As we follow Meg we also get snippets of the book Kitten that entices you to keep reading to see what is truth and what is lies. And how does Doro play into the murders. This is a great thriller that gave me goose bumps. Although Meg annoyed me and you jump around in the story, I did really enjoy it. I think this is one of those that many will like. I received The Weight of Lies from Sabrina Dax Publicity for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
Oh my grits and gravy...this book. When I first requested it from NetGalley it seemed like it would be interesting. A bit of intrigue, a heap of family drama, and a dash of crazy thrown in for good measure. Oh it had all that but then took it to a completely different a good way. Meg's mom wrote a cult classic that happened to capitalize on the horror fame of the 70s. It wasn't necessarily well written but it was well received. So much so that multiple movies were made of it. And here we are 40 years later with a re-launch of the book hanging in the balance on the anniversary of the first release. Meg doesn't really care about any of that. She's estranged from the mother she felt was never there for her to begin with. But of course, things happen that put them back together - sorta. Not necessarily in the same room but definitely in the same space. And most assuredly at odds with each other, again. This book brought it all to the table for me. Most importantly, a good mystery. Throwing in the poor little rich girl (I say that in the nicest way possible) and the attention hungry mother just added fuel. Oh and don't forget the publishing guy who is out to make a name of himself at anyone's expense. Or the family on Bonny Island whose lives were forever altered because of this book. Kitten, or Doro as everyone knows her, was just a child when the book came out. The huge acceptance the book garnered also brought a lot of fingers pointing in her direction. Was she the inspiration for the murderous child in the book? Lots of theories were thrown out, lots of fans created their own sub-culture, and lots of lives were caught in the balance. Meg sets out to uncover the secrets and learn the truth. Was the book 'Kitten' really just a work of fiction? Was this book worth the end result of how it affected Meg's life, when she wasn't even born yet? This book hit all the right notes, even though I still can't stand Ash - you know that publishing guy who would sell his grandma's soul for a contract. It kept me guessing, surprised me more than once, and had me checking over my shoulder as I read well into the dark of night. The ending was a bit predictable and trite, after of course it changed paths and kept me guessing. Once the secrets were out it lost originality but I can't fault like a chapter ya know. I'm definitely interested in reading more of this author and am seriously contemplating a paperback copy to reside with honor on the bookcase. Yup, it was THAT good. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
mweinreich More than 1 year ago
In this novel, Meg Ashley sets out to destroy her mother, Frances and in doing so needs to investigate a forty year old murder mystery that her mother, Frances, was involved in. Frances had written a highly successful novel, Kitten, based on the murder but things within the novel take on a life of its own as the novel generates cults dedicated to solving the mystery as well as having been a huge success for Frances. Meg's relationship with her mother is tumultuous and to get even, Meg decides to write a tell all book about her mother and of course this murder portrayed in the novel, Kitten, plays a huge part of it. Meg returns to Bonny Island, Georgia, where the murder took place. The owner of a hotel Dorothy, and her mother, Frances, were friends as children as Meg's mother spent time there. Other characters involved in the murder come forth in Meg's investigation, many of them being suspects as well in this murder as the supposed murderer died before being brought to trial. Is it possible that the real murderer is still alive? As Meg tries to delve into secrets and lies that have been told, she is immersed in the novel and its peripheral characters to those who are real. The further she investigates the more lies appear and eventually the sinister nature of the book is fulfilled in Meg's life. This sinister tale left this reader a bit dizzy as it flipped back and forth from excerpts from the original novel, Kitten, to present day and what Meg herself was living through. At times, the story line seemed to get quite murky as it wends its way towards its conclusion. However, it was an interesting read and one in which those who enjoy suspenseful tale that have a somewhat Gothic feel will enjoy.