Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 14th, 2014 by Harper
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Note: I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for my participation in this tour and my honest review. All thoughts here are completely honest and completely my own.
I love a good mystery thriller. They are among my all time favourites! The good ones, however, can be few and far between. Early last year I read a book that hooked me, leaving me unable to think of anything else until I finished it. That book was Reconstructing Amelia, the bestselling debut of Kimberly McCreight. When I saw that she was coming out with a second thriller and that TLC was doing the book tour for it, I had to be a part of it.
Where They Found Her tells the story of an event that shakes picture-perfect Ridgedale, New Jersey to its core.
Molly Anderson and her husband recently moved to Ridgedale from New York. They are making a new life for themselves here—Molly as a reporter for the Ridgedale Reader, and her husband as a professor at the university. Molly is trying to distance herself from her past and thinks Ridgedale will be just the ticket. She is wrong.
Sandy is a teenage girl wrapped up in something sinister. All she wanted to do was get her GED and make something of herself. She doesn’t know if that’s possible now.
Barbara has it all. Big house. Beautiful children. Powerful husband. Now if only her children would be who they are supposed to be. And if only that woman would stay away from her husband.
When the body of a newborn infant is found on the river’s edge by the university, these women must face their pasts—and their secrets.
As Molly tries to unravel the mystery in the present, we get a glimpse into the past through journal entries and psychiatrist transcripts. We also get a glimpse into the thoughts of the unsettled town through the comments on the Ridgedale Reader’s online posts.
I really liked this book. I couldn’t put it down. That to me says that it is a successful mystery thriller! I really like the way that McCreight weaved in bits of journal entries and online comments into the story. It was a great way to show background both to the plot and the characters. I thought it was really well done!
The characters themselves are interesting people. Molly is a woman carrying around a burden, unable to share truly share it with anyone or let it go. Sandy is a kid with a chip on her shoulder—and for good reason! And Barbara—well, Barbara is a piece of work, I’ll tell you that. The more secondary characters were interesting too. I really like learning about Jenna. It was neat how it was done because she was not actually present in the story. We just hear about her, and read entries from her high school journal.
I liked the way that the mystery of today had ties to the past of Ridgedale, and of the main characters. There were so many secrets from people’s pasts that kept coming to the surface. When each narrator was taking their turn telling the story, you could tell their were things they were carefully leaving out—it was hard to trust what was happening, because you never knew if you were getting the whole picture.
There were a couple of things that I took issue with, though none of them major. For one thing, when we’re in Sandy’s perspective, there is so much swearing. And that’s just not my bag. I don’t like it, and I find it distracting. Second, I found that some of the omissions the characters made were too overtly trying to keep up the mystery. It was too obvious what McCreight was doing sometimes.
On the whole, I really enjoyed this book! It was a great mystery thriller. However, I must say that I did like Reconstructing Amelia better. Reconstructing Amelia had more character development and the exploration of mother-daughter relationships was really well done. Where They Found Her is more plot driven. There’s nothing wrong with that—I just prefer more character driven stories!
About the Author
Kimberly McCreight is the author of Reconstructing Amelia. A New York Times bestseller, Reconstructing Amelia was nominated for an Edgar Award, an Anthony Award, and an Alex Award and has been acquired in seventeen countries. McCreight attended Vassar College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School from which she graduated cum laude. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.
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Beth is the founder and editor of Fuelled by Fiction. She is a twenty-something east coast Canadian girl who loves writing about books and feminism.