Where They Found Her

Finished Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight.  I received a copy from the publisher.

Summary (from Goodreads):

“From the author of the New York Times bestseller and 2014 Edgar and Anthony nominee Reconstructing Amelia comes another harrowing, gripping novel that marries psychological suspense with an emotionally powerful story about a community struggling with the consequences of a devastating discovery

At the end of a long winter, in bucolic Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town’s prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is, or how her body ended up out there. But there is no shortage of opinions.

When freelance journalist, and recent Ridgedale transplant, Molly Anderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the story for the Ridegdale Reader, it’s a risk, given the severe depression that followed the loss of her own baby. But the bigger threat comes when Molly unearths some of Ridgedale’s darkest secrets, including a string of unreported sexual assaults that goes back twenty years.

Meanwhile, Sandy, a high school dropout, searches for her volatile and now missing mother, and PTA president Barbara struggles to help her young son, who’s suddenly having disturbing outbursts.

Told from the perspectives of Molly, Barbara, and Sandy, Kimberly McCreight’s taut and profoundly moving novel unwinds the tangled truth about the baby’s death revealing that these three women have far more in common than they realized. And that their lives are more intertwined with what happened to the baby than they ever could have imagined.”

I absolutely loved Reconstructing Amelia and was so excited to get a chance to read this one early.  My expectations were really high, as well, and I completely adored this book, as well.

It’s not another Reconstructing Amelia, except it’s just as compelling.  (This one centers around a newborn girl who was found dead in a relatively remote area.  Nobody knows who her mom is, or how she got there, and obviously it has the small town in an uproar.)

I love that Kimberly McCreight chose to have Barbara co-narrate.  If I had only heard about her in Molly and Sandy’s chapters, it would have been impossible to even remotely like her.  I’m not going to say that it made me wish Barbara and I were friends, but it allowed me to see where she was coming from and it made me empathize with her a little bit.  (She’s still a jerk, but it was nice to see exactly why.)

Where They Found Her is incredible.  I kept thinking I knew where it was going and I had no idea.  I have to say, I absolutely love books that can take me by surprise.

I can’t wait for Kimberly McCreight’s next book.

Highly recommended.

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