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Reconstructing Amelia | [Kimberly McCreight]

Reconstructing Amelia

Do you really want to know what’s going on inside your daughter’s head? Single mother Kate Baron is in the meeting of her career when she is interrupted by a telephone call. Her daughter Amelia has just been suspended from her exclusive school. When Kate eventually arrives an hour later, she hears the news that no mother ever wants to hear. A grieving Kate can't accept that her daughter would kill herself. But she soon discovers she didn't know Amelia quite as well as she thought. Then Kate receives an anonymous text saying simply: Amelia didn’t jump.
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Publisher's Summary

Do you really want to know what’s going on inside your daughter’s head? Single mother Kate Baron is in the meeting of her career when she is interrupted by a telephone call. Her daughter Amelia has just been suspended from her exclusive school. When Kate eventually arrives an hour later, she hears the news that no mother ever wants to hear.

A grieving Kate can't accept that her daughter would kill herself. But she soon discovers she didn't know Amelia quite as well as she thought. Then Kate receives an anonymous text saying simply: Amelia didn’t jump. And so begins an investigation which takes her deep into Amelia's private world, into her journals, her email account and into the mind of a troubled young girl.

©2013 Kimberly McCreight (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Like Gone Girl, this seamlessly marries a crime story with a relationship drama. And like Gone Girl it should be hailed as one of the best books of the year." (Entertainment weekly)

"A very clever, menacing novel that will make you rightly wary of damaged teenage girls." (Daily Mail)

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  • Gemma
    Shipley, United Kingdom
    7/21/15
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    "Plot twister"

    A great investigative and emotional story. Lots of twists and turns along the way that keep you guessing as to how it happened and who was responsible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
    7/17/15
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    "Mildly irritating and unconvincing characters"

    The premise for this book grabbed me but as I listened I wasn't sure if it was actually meant for teenagers because some of the characterisation felt so trite and unconvincing. Some of the things the characters said or the way they reacted to each other seemed, to me, to be completely unrealistic and only there to create a plot. For example, that the mother gets to go along with a police officer to investigate just seems totally inappropriate... Similarly, there were unnecessary additions that were distracting, particularly the addition of an English boy who seemed to speak like he had stepped out of Downton Abbey rather than a normal high school...

    Some of the narration was heartfelt but much of it made me wince with irritation. Not enough to make me stop but there were too many voices putting on too many different accents (e,g the "European accent" which was like some mock Russian) for no apparent reason except perhaps to "help" us as audiobook listeners...

    I wanted to love this book but I just didn't, sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    7/1/15
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    "do you know your child?"
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    kate thought she knew Amelia, they could talk about anything, until amelila committed suicide. kate couldn't understand why Amelia could do such a thing and she not know the reason why. she desperately needs to know the reason why.
    the story is told in the first person by kate and Amelia and goes back and forth in time.
    both of these characters were well written to the point you felt sorry for them both. it is an emotionally charged book where secrets are revealed at the end.
    an enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. S. E. Bellwood
    United Kingdom
    6/5/14
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    "entertaining"

    a good story with lots of twists and turns, kept me interested until the end

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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