Litigation lawyer and harried single mother Kate Baron is stunned when her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, calls with disturbing information: her intelligent, high-achieving fifteen-year-old daughter, Amelia, has been caught cheating.
Kate can’t believe that Amelia, an ambitious, levelheaded girl who loved school and has never been in trouble, would risk college and her future with a suspension. But when Kate arrives at St. Grace’s she’s unprepared for far more devastating news. Amelia is dead. Seemingly unable to cope with what she’d done, a despondent Amelia jumped from the school’s roof in an act of “spontaneous” suicide.
At least that’s the story St. Grace and the police tell Kate. Overwhelmed by her own guilt and shattered by grief, it is the story Kate believes . . . until she gets the anonymous text. She didn’t jump. Now, Kate is going to find the truth about her daughter, no matter where it leads or what it takes.
Sifting through Amelia’s emails, text messages, social media postings, and cell phone logs, Kate will begin to reconstruct the pieces of Amelia’s life, and the people in it, to uncover why she was on St. Grace’s roof that day-and why she died. Told in alternating voices, Reconstructing Amelia is a story of secrets and lies, of love and betrayal, of trusted friends and vicious enemies-of how much a parent really knows a child and how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she could not save.