When Kate, single mother and law firm partner, gets an urgent phone call summoning her to her daughter's exclusive private school, she's shocked. Amelia has been suspended for cheating, something that would be completely out of character for her over-achieving, well-behaved daughter.
Kate rushes to Grace Hall, but what she finds when she finally arrives is beyond comprehension. Her daughter is dead.
Despondent over having been caught cheating, Amelia has jumped from the school's roof in an act of impulsive suicide. At least that's the story Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. In a state of shock and overcome by grief, Kate tries to come to grips with this life-shattering news. Then she gets an anonymous text: Amelia didn't jump.
The moment she sees that message, Kate knows in her heart it's true. Clearly Amelia had secrets, and a life Kate knew nothing about. Wracked by guilt, Kate is determined to find out what those secrets were and who could have hated her daughter enough to kill. She searches through Amelia's emails, texts, and Facebook updates, piecing together the last troubled days of her daughter's life.
Reconstructing Amelia is a stunning debut pause-resistor that brilliantly explores the secret world of teenagers, their clandestine first loves, hidden friendships, and the dangerous cruelty that can spill over into acts of terrible betrayal.
©2013 Kimberly McCreight (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
Lot's. It was incredibly predictable. With very little closure at the end.
No. Her word choices and sentence structures were incredibly immature and amateurish. I do a little writing on the side (hell, even took an Ivy League course for creative writing), and her writing mirrors mine. I can honestly and openly admit that I am even a moderately good writer....she got lucky and this book was promoted, giving her a bump for her career. But, I can only call a duck, a duck. She is not a good enough writer to keep me coming back.
Also, I get the idea of bouncing chapter back and forth with all the different characters as the new, main voice (chapter 1-kate; chapter 2-amelia, etc) but if the author was going to choose to do that, they have to be careful with it.
This author was not careful and thoughtful in how she executed this. Each chapter had the same voice and characteristics. Each one sounded like the last with no differences in how they spoke, acted and thought. If you want to switch back and forth between characters narrating that chapter, you have to change your word usage, voice and behaviors.
I would compare this book to the structure and lack of differentiation between characters in the third Divergent book (Allegiant).
Anybody. She was a horrible narrator. I cringed every single time she tried to do a male voice...each and every male sounded like they were one of those greasy, creepy guys at a bar with their hair slicked back with an over-abundance of gel and one corner of their mouths curled up. It was as if every guy in the book was a pompous jerk with their nose up in the air. Her male voices need improvement.
No, there was barely any plot in this book.
I am a legal assistant and I am totally hooked on Audible! I love it! I can listen anywhere!!
I could not stop listening to this book! It was totally addictive!! One of the Best I have listened to lately!! A Must Read!!
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One of the surprise hits of my past year of Audible listening. Probably ranks #9 out of my top 10 all-time favorites, after The Girl With All The Gifts, The Secret Keeper, State of Wonder, Big Little Lies, The Husband's Secret, and the rest of Liane Moriarty's work.
The frequent switching back and forth in POV between Amelia and Kate, ensuring the reader/listener never lost the thread of the narrative, or forgot which major revelation had just occurred in past or present.
The penultimate scene, on the rooftop, when the truth of what happened to Amelia is finally revealed.
Yes....and I nearly did! Downloaded the ibook so that I could continue reading at night in bed.
If you LOATHE teenaged-girl politics, or are extremely squeamish about the idea of teenagers having sex, please avoid! You would hate it. I DO very much dislike both those things, so the book was difficult to accept/get through in parts.
I didn't want to stop listening! So many twists and turns throughout the entire story that kept me on the edge of my chair... Wasn't expecting that it would end the way it did. Overall really good storyline and I'd recommend this to anyone looking for an easy summer read/listen. The narration was good too.
The narrator was excellent, and the story moved along at a great pace to keep you interested.
I really enjoyed this book. It was entertaining from the start, due in part to the fantastic narration by Khristine Hvam. That's not to say the story wasn't written well, it definitely was. It had enough twists and turns to keep me listening. It was just lacking something for me. Maybe it just felt very over the top, like Mean Girls meets Gossip Girl. At the same time that same meetup was what made it entertaining. Overall it was a great listen and as I asaid before, the narrator really did a fantastic job.
For me, this book was like a good episode of Law & Order, which is to say..."good" (kept me listening), but not "great." The book requires a HUGE suspension of disbelief in that the plot is centered around a bereaved mother tagging along with the detective assigned to her daughter's case--come on! Like this would EVER happen. I was frustrated at several spots when the mother's impulsivity interferes with the gathering of evidence. And it would have been nice if the detective had a little more backbone. His character was developed to about the 10% mark. The narrative of the daughter and mother, especially regarding their relationship, was the strongest part of the story, in my opinion. Everything else seemed way more complicated than it needed to be (how many teenage cliches can you include in one book?). By far, the most redeeming aspect of the book--great narration. Not overblown with expression, but spot on.
It's been a while since I've listened to a book that I just couldn't put down. The story pulls you in you from the beginning and it doesn't stop. It's a great performance and a great story. Highly recommended!!!
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