Monday, March 23, 2015

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (April 14, 2015)

What They Say.....An idyllic suburban town.  A devastating discovery.Shocking revelations that will change three lives forever.

At the end of a long winter in well-to-do Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of a newborn is found in the woods fringing the campus of the town's prestigious university. No one knows the identity of the baby, what ended her very short life, or how she came to be found among the fallen leaves. But for the residents of Ridgedale, there is no shortage of opinions.
When freelance journalist and recent Ridgedale transplant Molly Sanderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the disturbing news for the Ridgedale Reader—the town's local paper—she has good reason to hesitate. A severe depression followed the loss of her own baby, and this assignment could unearth memories she has tried hard to bury. But the disturbing history Molly uncovers is not her own. Her investigation reveals a decades-old trail of dark secrets hiding behind Ridgedale's white picket fences.
Told from the perspectives of three Ridgedale women, Kimberly McCreight's taut and profoundly moving novel unwinds the tangled truth behind the tragedy, revealing that these women have far more in common than they could ever have imagined: that the very worst crimes are committed against those we love. And that—sooner or later—the past catches up to all of us.

What I Say....So good.  Really, really good.

This book showcased the different stereotypes of suburban moms, the controlling snob that no one can stand, the drama queen, the town slut, and the nice one.  They were all there, along with the teen stereotypes; misunderstood poor girl, the perfect overachiever, and the sullen troublemaker.

What made this book different was how great the story was, and how it made the lives of all of the characters intersect in a way that seemed natural.

Even though I spent a good chunk of the book thinking Barbara was a murderer, I have to say her son, Cole was a creepy little kid and I don't mind saying if I woke up to him staring at me, he'd go up for adoption the next day.

I figured out right away who the pregnant girl was, even though the book did a good job at throwing some different options my way.  But I didn't see the whole picture, so I was still surprised.

This is the second book I've read by McCreight.  I thought her first, Reconstructing Amelia, was really good, but this one was so much better.  

I will be watching for all of her next books.

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