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Author: Laura McHugh Narrator: Sarah Scott Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9780451482976
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A dark, gripping novel from the author of The Weight of Blood about a mysterious kidnapping and the ways in which our lives are shaped by the stories we create about our past

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • I cannot praise this book enough. It draws you in to the point you felt like someone you loved had disappeared and you’re haunted by it. Laura McHugh did a brilliant job of showing us that our lives can be shaped by our memories and that those are not always as accurate as we would believe. . . . This was a great story of how we create stories to understand our past and to hide or forget the secrets we keep. San Francisco Book Review
  • Part mystery, part drama, Arrowood offers a little of everything to readers in search of a satisfying story. St. Louis Dispatch
  • Arrowood is a highly atmospheric read and McHugh’s prose is beautifully descriptive without slowing the action. . . . This is an engrossing story that explores the aftermath of loss on those that live through it. BookBrowse
  • A pitch-perfect example of Southern Gothic The Times
  • “Magical second novel from the talented McHugh. Daily Mail
  • A lyrically haunting story . . . It’s so atmospheric you can practically hear the floorboards creek. Peterborough Telegraph
  • Another absorbing, spine-tingling novel brimming with atmosphere. Daily Express
  • 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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Storyteller and Leaving Time
  • Superb and subtle psychological suspense, and a compelling mystery, too . . . I thought I knew who did it, but I was wrong—four times. Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels
  • Cool, clever and infused with a compellingly chilly melancholy, Arrowood kept me guessing and re-guessing all the way to its inexorable conclusion Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10
  • An eloquently eerie tale. Booklist
  • Poignant . . . lyrical. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • A chilling, twisting tale of family, memory, and home . . . This 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)
  • “Narrator Sarah Scott does a compelling job of bringing Arden to life for listeners…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…Scott makes Arden’s journey relatable for anyone who struggles to avoid being defined by the past while also trying to understand it.”


  • An August 2016 LibraryReads Pick

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About the Author

Laura McHugh is the internationally bestselling author of The Weight of Blood, winner of an International Thriller Writers Award and a Silver Falchion Award for best first novel, and Arrowood, an International Thriller Writers Award finalist for best novel. The Weight of Blood was also named a Best Book of the Year by BookPage, the Kansas City Star, and the London Sunday Times and was nominated for an Alex Award, Barry Award, and GoodReads Choice Award.

About the Narrator

Sarah Scott is an actress and producer, known for The Artist, Haunted Boat, and The Darkside of Happiness. She has narrated several audiobooks.