Thursday, March 12, 2015

Where They Found Her

Title: Where They Found Her
Author: Kimberly McCreight
Expected Publication: April 14th 2015 by Harper
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Genre: Suspense
Source: Complimentary Copy from Amazon Vine

There are many characters in this book and over the first 50 pages, you will be introduced to most of them. So you are either going to have to keep notes or have an excellent memory as to whom they are, who they are related to and how each piece fits into the puzzle.

Ridgedale, New Jersey, is a small college town. Molly and her husband are recent transplants with Jason’s new teaching position in the English department and Molly is branching out as a reporter for the local newspaper. She is still grieving the loss of their second child, a daughter that was stillborn. Filling in for another reporter, Molly has been called out to a body that has been found by Essex Bridge, adjacent to the college. When she learns that the body is that of a newborn baby girl, she must once again confront her demons so she can report this story.

Characters that do not at first appear to be part of the overall picture play vital roles as the circumstances unravel. Pay attention. Little snippets are dropped and it is up to the reader to put the parts together. As each chapter concluded, I was beginning to wonder if these people could be anymore intertwined.

Then you will hit the part where you literally say aloud, “what the heck, that wasn’t discussed before”, only to see the next part of the story unwind. You have to stay focused on this book and most definitely need to read it in big chunks - no picking up and putting down with this book as you can so easily with others.

Molly is in deep and as Sandy, a life worn teenage girl, reveals what she knows, the story becomes riveting. No one is left unscathed.

Most books have a definite peak in the storyline. Where I thought this book peaked, was only a blip on the map. Up until the last pages, the reader continues to be dealt final blows and final twists.

I had enjoyed Ms. McCreight’s previous book – Reconstructing Amelia and I have to say that I think I liked this one better. She has a way of constructing a story with tidbits of information that has the reader wondering what was missed, but then you realized that you did not miss it, it was only a teaser for what was to come.

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