If you spend much time on the internet, you probably already know that Comic-Con was this past weekend. What you probably don’t know is that, at the same time, ThrillerFest X was happening on the other side of the country.
I don’t pay much attention to most literary awards, but I do like keeping tabs on the Thriller Awards, especially the award for best debut. This year, that honor went to Laura McHugh for her novel, The Weight of Blood. You can read more about it on the Random House website, but here’s just a bit:
For fans of Gillian Flynn, Scott Smith, and Daniel Woodrell comes a gripping, suspenseful novel about two mysterious disappearances a generation apart.…
The Weight of Blood is an urgent look at the dark side of a bucolic landscape beyond the arm of the law, where a person can easily disappear without a trace. Laura McHugh proves herself a masterly storyteller who has created a harsh and tangled terrain as alive and unforgettable as the characters who inhabit it. Her mesmerizing debut is a compelling exploration of the meaning of family: the sacrifices we make, the secrets we keep, and the lengths to which we will go to protect the ones we love.
Will it live up to its award-winning status? Hard to say. The description makes it sound somewhat generic, and the comparison to Gillian Flynn doesn’t do anything for me, but the excerpt left me wanting more. At any rate, it’s definitely going on my TBR.
In addition to the awards, ThrillerFest also has lots of interesting panels. Well, they sound like they’d be interesting. Never having been there, I guess I can’t say for sure.
I may or may not have some upcoming discussion posts inspired by some of the topics covered at this year’s event. And that “may or may not” isn’t me just trying to be clever. I might. I might not. We’ll see what happens. You know. Baby. Brain. Words. Hard.