July 31, 2016

Arrowood is a Barbara’s Pick in Library Journal

“McHugh made her mark in 2014 with The Weight of Blood, a LibraryReads top pick that won the International Thriller Award for Best First Novel. Her new work is set along the Mississippi, but upriver in southern Iowa, at a grand old mansion called Arrowood that has seen better days. In fact, Arrowood has been under a shadow since Arden’s twin sisters were abducted there 20 years ago, and when Arden inherits the house, she decides to dig for the truth. Maybe she should have let it rest. Honored thriller themes that will doubtless be vivified by McHugh’s taut and heartfelt writing.” —Barbara’s Picks July 2016

January 9, 2014


“[A] suspenseful novel, with a barn burner of a plot . . . McHugh shows herself to be a compelling writer intimately familiar with rural poverty and small-town weirdness.”Booklist

January 9, 2014

Publishers Weekly

“In this clever, multilayered debut, McHugh deftly explores the past of an Ozark Mountain family . . . with plenty to hide and the ruthlessness to keep their secrets hidden. . . . This is an outstanding first novel, replete with suspense, crisp dialogue, and vivid Ozarks color and atmosphere.”–Publishers Weekly

January 9, 2014

Library Journal Starred Review!

Debut novelist McHugh comes out swinging with this gripping tale set in the Ozarks of Missouri. . . . Her prose will not only keep readers turning the pages but also paints a real and believable portrait of the connections, alliances, and sacrifices that underpin rural, small-town life in Henbane.”Library Journal (starred review)