From the author of the New York Times best seller and 2014 Edgar and Anthony nominee Reconstructing Amelia comes another harrowing, gripping novel that marries psychological suspense with an emotionally powerful story about a community struggling with the consequences of a devastating discovery.
At the end of a long winter in well-to-do 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 Ridgedale 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 going back 20 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. That the very worst crimes are committed against those we love. And that - sooner or later - the past catches up to all of us.
©2015 Kimberly McCreight (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
This book was fantastic. If you enjoy Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and The Girl on the Train you need to read this book! I can't believe that I hadn't heard about it, and luckily came upon it browsing Audible's mystery genre. A gripping mystery, and good character development. I am on to Reconstructing Amelia by this author.
Twisty novel that should keep most listeners guessing from start to finish. This is the second novel from McCreight that I've read and she is quite skilled at giving away bits of information, trails of evidence, that will have you changing your mind about who did what. I actually did figure things out (mostly) early on, but I was second guessing myself until everything was revealed.
I'm a big fan of McCreight's writing style, it is so easy to read. She is now permanently on my watch list!
The narrators did a nice job as well.
I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.
The main character, reporter Molly Sanderson, is assigned to report on a case where the body of an infant female is found. Molly had a stillborn child a few years earlier and is still recovering from the emotional trauma of the event. Her emotional difficulties are understandable but her thoughts on the matter get woven in to every aspect of her interactions to the point you just want to scream. Its way overdone.
Another of the main characters, Barbara, is a helicopter mom who just comes across as absurd. Her husband, Steve is the chief of police so Molly interacts with him often during the story.
To add to this there is a subplot that runs along with the story about Jenna Mendelson and something that happened to her many years ago in the same town. Its one of the more interesting parts of the story but its very easy to guess who the characters are that she refers to in her journal by nick names.
The overall plot is not bad but each and every character's interactions have all this back story emotional stuff that just makes you want to groan.
Its also easy to figure out who is the father of the baby.
I read a lot of positive reviews for this book but I don't think I will listen to any more by this author.
I lived in Ridgedale, NJ for a while and I think McCreight really captured the essences of the area, it was a really accurate representation.
It kind of reminded me of something that Liane Moriarity would have written, it didn't jump around the way her books do, but the way it ended makes me think that.
Absolutely, I was enthralled with this book. I fell right in at the beginning and loved it. This was the first book that I read by McCreight, but I really enjoyed it, and I will definitely be looking out for her books in the future.
I liked Reconstructing Amelia so I might try another one by her. If I'd read this one first, probably not. The narrators were fine except for Molly's but it was hard for me to decide which was more annoying - Molly's character or the narrator. Not sure where one ends and one begins.
I found the extraneous story lines just silly. Molly overreacts about everyone if they look at her funny and the whole story about Rose just seemed as if it was another story line just dropped in the middle. Connections were fuzzy and didn't hold my attention.
Anybody else for Molly although I don't know if it would have made a difference.
It kept me entertained as I rode in the car. It was just a silly book full of extraneous story lines that weren't well-developed or even thought -provoking.
But I hated all of the characters. I didn't feel bad one bit for any of them. They all made horribly crappy life choices and there was way too much mystery and secret life stuff surrounding such a small group of of people. So implausible- it was almost "surprise twist" overload.
There were twists and turns and the characters were well developed, not necessarily likable, but understandable.
This was truly a story, reading may have been fine, but listening was great!
I walked the dog longer and cleaned the house better just to have excuses to continue listening.
I loved the constant twists and turns of the plot line. Something new was constantly happening and it normally came from an angle you didn't expect. It definitely wasn't predictable and I had changed my mind multiple times before the end regarding who the baby's mother was. McCreight does a wonderful job both creating a complex storyline and leaving no question unanswered before the end of the both.
I loved Molly. She was such a real character struggling through her own battles. As a mother, I was able to sympathize with feelings she had and understand the mountain she needed to overcome by engulfing herself in this tragic event.
The opening of the book was a little confusing from Sandy's perspective. It took me a while to figure out her relationship to Jenna and I restarted the chapter like three times. I think that this would have been a little easiest to grasp in print. However once you get past that, I think the book flows smoothly.
I had no trouble at all staying interested in this story. the plot was decent, the characters were very well developed, and the story twisted around the characters shifting my sympathies deftly. a satisfying listen.
Where They Found Her is an interesting mystery with twists that will surprise you. This isn't a deep story, but is a very enjoyable read that you will not want to put down.
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