Now that school’s out, I’ve been a book-reading machine! I’ve had the chance to finish up Love in the Time of Cholera, The Darkest Minds, Red Queen, and binge-read two Kimberly McCreight novels in 3 days: Reconstructing Amelia and Where They Found Her. You can look forward to my thoughts on Reconstructing Amelia in the next month, as that’s the book that It’s Literally a Book Club is reading for April and May.
As a part of Harper Collins Canada’s newly relaunched #HCCFirstLook program, I, along with 9 other readers across the country, received an advanced copy of Where They Found Her and got to review it. Here’s your first look at my review – enjoy!
Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
A review by Katrina Sklepowich
Kimberly McCreight’s sophomore novel, Where They Found Her, masterfully weaves together the stories of a mother struggling with a devastating loss, a daughter desperately striving for perfection, and a town reeling from the discovery of a newborn dead in the woods.
Where They Found Her explores more than what is lost and found in an idyllic New Jersey college town – it explores mother-daughter relationships at their very core and what it means to be a parent in today’s world.
When Ridgedale, a picture-perfect town by definition, is shattered by tragedy, former lawyer and budding small-town journalist Molly Sanderson is there to pick up the pieces. But instead of a plucky heroine in designer clothing and stiletto heels, McCreight gives us a broken, depressed, and wonderfully human character that not only solves a mystery, but also heals herself in the process.
Like Reconstructing Amelia, Where They Found Her pieces together a story through the voices of multiple women, all of whom are flawed, struggling, and relatable. This is McCreight’s strength: providing characters with which we, as readers, can deeply relate. Each character’s wishes, fears, insecurities, and hopes are what drive this story and keep us yearning for more.
A page-turner filled with unexpected twists, creepy characters, and McCreight’s exceptional knack for online and social media commentary, Where They Found Her will keep you guessing until the very end. And as you find out more about Molly, Sandy, and the other strong women in this story, you’ll also probably find out more about yourself. You’ll also come away with a newfound appreciation for your mother.
The perfect read before Mother’s Day, Where They Found Her will keep you on the edge of your seat but it will also inspire you.
This review, and others, will be posted on TheSavvyReader.com – be sure to check out the site for more great recommendations.
I encourage you to pick up a copy of Where They Found Her and get reading, especially if you are fan of books like Gone Girl and The Girl on The Train. I also think it would make a great gift for mom – remember, Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, May 10th!