The body of a newborn, found in a wooded area. A small college community full of students, faculty and administrators who appear to know more than they’re saying.
A police chief whose connection to the area where the body is found is a secret … for now.
And what do all of those things have to do with a teenager whose flaky mother has disappeared, again?
These are the questions and plot lines that drive Kimberly McCreight’s Where They Found Her.
I picked up McCreight’s book after reading her debut, Reconstructing Amelia, and hearing positive reviews for her sophomore novel.
Molly Sanderson is a reporter at the small daily newspaper in Ridgedale, New Jersey, where her husband teaches at the local university. Molly is dealing with the aftermath of having a stillborn baby herself, so when she is asked to help out and cover the discovery of a newborn baby, it’s a shock to her how eager she is.
Told through the alternating viewpoints of Molly, Barbara (the wife of the police chief) and Sandy (a teenager whose mother, Jenna, has disappeared and whose tutor, Hannah, seems really worried about her), Where They Found Her presents a plethora of suspects.
As a reader, I was trying to figure two things out: who the parents of the baby were and how the baby came to be found in the area she was located.
I had a theory. I thought I had it all figured out. And then one page changed everything. The twist at the end of this book was FANTASTIC. I never saw it coming and it was superbly executed by McCreight.
While my theory wasn’t totally off-base, it was not key to the initial plot. There were some loose ends that tied up nicely there as well.
I’m super impressed with McCreight’s writing style. The alternating chapters and viewpoints keep the reader guessing until the end as to what will happen. Little hints are dropped throughout but disguised.
If you’re looking for something to tie you over until The Girl on the Train comes to the silver screen, pick up Where They Found Her. You won’t regret it.