We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Reconstructing Amelia Audiobook

Reconstructing Amelia

Regular Price:$34.22
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (2438 )
5 star
 (1128)
4 star
 (873)
3 star
 (346)
2 star
 (55)
1 star
 (36)
Overall
4.2 (2193 )
5 star
 (990)
4 star
 (771)
3 star
 (326)
2 star
 (61)
1 star
 (45)
Story
4.4 (2193 )
5 star
 (1266)
4 star
 (678)
3 star
 (195)
2 star
 (35)
1 star
 (19)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    James 01-19-15
    James 01-19-15 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Repetitive and poorly written"

    Very repetitive.
    Had all the literary hallmarks of a soap opera.
    Went on forever and then wrapped up in a silly but tidy ending.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    TS Tucson, AZ, United States 09-13-13
    TS Tucson, AZ, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2012

    tsears

    HELPFUL VOTES
    47
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    41
    35
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Predictable, juvenile and condescending"
    What disappointed you about Reconstructing Amelia?

    This book is for perhaps middle school children who blame their parents for their mistakes. It was a pretty bad read. The story line was extremely predictable. Anyone who is surprised by any of the “twists” in this book has probably not finished elementary school as of yet. For anyone who is of an age that has two numbers in it this was a total snooze fest. For any working mothers do not, I repeat, do NOT get this book. It will piss you off to no end. The only thing that I got out of this book is that Kimberly McCreight thinks that working mothers are the scum of the earth who don’t properly care for their children.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rachel Chicago, IL, United States 09-09-13
    Rachel Chicago, IL, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2006

    Chicagoan. Natural redhead. Happy mama of a corgi and a blue crown conure.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    178
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Delish! Like Gossip Girl meets Body of Proof"

    Soooo good! Didn't ever want to put this one down. I've heard this compared to Gossip Girl and Gone Girl, and I totally agree. There is definitely a Gossip Girl vibe because the novel takes place in a posh high school, but it's not as teeny-bop as Gossip Girl. It's more like Gossip Girl meets Body of Proof. And the Gone Girl comparisons are due to the story telling style. There are two timelines: one of the mother moving forward and finding out what happened to her daughter; and another reverse timeline from her daughter's point of view which is delivered to the reader through the daughter's texts, emails, and even her own story. I love that the author kept things moving around like that. It seemed to keep the story fast-paced and keep me on my toes. The story is so juicy I found myself wanting to gossip with my friends about things that happened in the novel. Full of secrets and totally delish!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Carla 06-01-13
    Carla 06-01-13 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    44
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Where's the Subtlety?"

    Reconstructing Amelia was billed somewhere as "this year's Gone Girl." Not even close. Gillian Flynn made Gone Girl's somewhat improbable plot seem plausible with a thorough and highly entertaining dissection of her two main characters, especially Amy. But author Kimberly McCreight lacks any subtlety as she puts human pinata Amelia through every possible kind of peer harassment and bullying ever imagined. It's difficult to believe that an entire student body knows what the kid is going through and not one adult (even those with some clue) intervenes.

    Plausibility takes another dive after Amelia's death. What homicide detective investigating a possible murder would allow the victim's mother to participate in the interviews of witnesses and potential suspects?

    A reader might sympathize with Amelia's pain and suffering and even buy into the reasons why she doesn't seek help. But that sympathy dissolves as clueless mom Kate learns more and more about what her daughter endured in her final months.Screaming and blaming everyone but herself, Kate just comes off an an annoying harpy.

    The subject of school and cyber bullying could make for a good story by an author with a defter touch than McCreight.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marcia Murrieta, CA, United States 10-21-13
    Marcia Murrieta, CA, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2011

    Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    109
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    238
    93
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    14
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent book"

    I took a chance on this unknown (to me) author and was very pleased with all aspects of this book. The narration and story were excellent. It really kept me listening.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kathy A. Flament Delaware 08-06-14
    Kathy A. Flament Delaware 08-06-14 Member Since 2014

    At the beaches at last

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    34
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Teen angst is boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't think of anyone who would like this book


    Has Reconstructing Amelia turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Did Khristine Hvam do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    no


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Reconstructing Amelia?

    From beginning to end


    Any additional comments?

    It's like listening to whining in the high school gym

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    RICHARD 02-16-17
    RICHARD 02-16-17 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "beautiful"

    Amazingly written! Definitely not predictable. A must read/listen!!!! BRAVO! One of my favorite books by far.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    DarkIrish Depew, NY United States 02-15-17
    DarkIrish Depew, NY United States 02-15-17 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    3
    Overall
    "Well-developed Plot"

    Good story, well-developed plot and great, but not crazy, twists. I enjoyed the narrator's voice as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    sarae878 02-13-17
    sarae878 02-13-17 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great!"

    I loved it..great plot. I didn't want to put it down. I would definitely recommend.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Andrea Z Parkland, FL, US 02-08-17
    Andrea Z Parkland, FL, US 02-08-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    "contrite"

    it was written well but includes a disturbing group of characters. there is no hero, except, maybe, the police officer, maybe

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.