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Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

Monday, April 27, 2015

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 Sanderson 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.

Goodreads Summary

When Molly has to write a story about a dead newborn so soon after losing her own baby she isn't sure if she can handle it.  As she begins her research, she discovers more and more intriguing mysteries as well as heinous sexual crimes.  The more she pushes, the more the secrets unravel. The novel is told from three different characters: Sandy, Molly, and Barbara.  The reader will get to meet and become accustomed to each woman on an individual level.  Sandy was a little to harsh and angry for me and I felt bad for Barbara and the struggles she experiences during the novel.  Molly was overly sweet, but she was a sympathetic character given the loss of her baby.  The characters had a "real" feel to they were people I might know if real life.  I liked how the novel touched upon difficult-to-discuss topics such as sexual assault, depression, and miscarriage.  I did have trouble reading the novel consistently, however, and had to reread parts I had forgotten when I picked the book back up.  This book is recommended to adult readers.

3 1/2 Stars

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  1. Too bad you didn't love this one. I was really looking forward reading it. I love reading books from multiple POVs.

  1. Katiria said...:

    Great review this book looks and sounds intriguing but I think I will read her other book Reconstructing Amelia first because I've been dying to read it for a long time now!