Laura McHugh is the bestselling author of The Weight of Blood, winner of an International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel. The Weight of Blood was named a best book of the year by BookPage, the Kansas City Star, and the Sunday Times (UK), and has been nominated for a Barry Award, Alex Award, Silver Falchion Award, and GoodReads Choice Award. A lifelong Midwesterner and former software developer, McHugh lives and writes in mid-Missouri. Her second novel will be published by Spiegel & Grau/Random House in 2016.