The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Two girls go missing in the Ozarks: one a recent mother, an orphan from Iowa who came looking for work, the other a local girl with a mental defect. Are the two linked? Lucy, the daughter left behind years earlier by her "witch mother" Lily, wonders - and one day, while working for her uncle Clete, she finds something of Celia's, her former friend whose body was found stuffed in a tree. As Clete later says, Lucy starts acting like Nancy Drew, trying to piece together the mysteries.
There are multiple narrators here, but mostly we hear from Lily and how her life in Henbane resolved itself, and Lucy, years later. Some of the story is obvious, but knowing (or accurately guessing) beforehand doesn't stops the effectiveness of the story.
ARC provided by publisher.