Book Review: Where They Found Her by: Kimberly McCreight

Publisher: Harper

Publication Date: April 14, 2015

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: 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 Anderson 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. 

Review: WHERE THEY FOUND HER is a well-written novel of psychological suspense told from the perspectives of the women involved. Molly Anderson and her family moved to Ridgedale, New Jersey after the loss of her baby. She’s working for the Ridgedale Reader, normally writing more fluff pieces, when she’s called to cover the story of a dead infant found in the woods near the university. When so many people are against Molly covering this story, she digs in her heels and keeps looking for the truth. The characters are all well-developed and even minor characters end up having a bigger role than you’d first imagine. The author, Kimberly McCreight, has a way of dropping small clues which come back into the weave of the full story. All of the threads twine together into a shocking conclusion. WHERE THEY FOUND HER is an excellent sophomore novel and I look forward to Ms. McCreight’s next novel.

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