Where They Found Her: A Novel by Kimberly MccreightWhere They Found Her: A Novel by Kimberly Mccreight

Where They Found Her: A Novel

byKimberly Mccreight

Paperback | April 14, 2015

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An idyllic suburban town.

A devastating discovery.

Shocking revelations that will change three lives forever.

At the end of a long winter in well-to-do Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of a newborn is found in the woods fringing the campus of the town's prestigious university. No one knows the identity of the baby, what ended her very short life, or how she came to be found among the fallen leaves. But for the residents of Ridgedale, there is no shortage of opinions.

When freelance journalist and recent Ridgedale transplant Molly Sanderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the disturbing news for the Ridgedale Reader—the town's local paper—she has good reason to hesitate. A severe depression followed the loss of her own baby, and this assignment could unearth memories she has tried hard to bury. But the disturbing history Molly uncovers is not her own. Her investigation reveals a decades-old trail of dark secrets hiding behind Ridgedale's white picket fences.

Told from the perspectives of three Ridgedale women, Kimberly McCreight's taut and profoundly moving novel unwinds the tangled truth behind the tragedy, revealing that these women have far more in common than they could ever have imagined: that the very worst crimes are committed against those we love. And that—sooner or later—the past catches up to all of us.

Kimberly McCreight is the author ofReconstructing Amelia. ANew York Timesbestseller,Reconstructing Ameliawas nominated for an Edgar Award, an Anthony Award, and an Alex Award and has been acquired in seventeen countries. McCreight attended Vassar College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School from which she graduated cum laude. ...
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Title:Where They Found Her: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.84 inPublished:April 14, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062393030

ISBN - 13:9780062393036

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this book This is a great psychological thriller, I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review originally posted on my blog, Lost For Words. Source: Received from publicist. Many thanks goes to HarperCollins for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. WHERE THEY FOUND HER follows Molly, as she and her husband are trying to come to terms with the loss of their baby. They move to his hometown for a fresh start. Molly, an investigative reporter, has had other things occupying her time, other than reporting. When a body is found, she is assigned to report the situation, not realizing how much this story will affect and traumatize her. She struggles with the past, as the story, and the body, haunt her waking moments. There are a lot of secrets, and a lot of eyes watching the investigation. Particularly since the crime was committed in a small town. Everyone knows everyone, and everything is related. Innocuous comments made early on in the read later turn up and are extrapolated on. Molly is a character who one can sympathize with, as she mourns the loss of her child, and is trying to move on. A stranger in a small town, she is the perfect person to look at things objectively. Molly’s voice aptly shows the struggles she has trying to keep her past from interfering with the present. We also get to know two other characters quite well, as they both voice their own turmoils. Barbara, and Sandy are compelling characters. I’m particularly fond of Sandy’s character. She is going through a very traumatic time, as her world is also falling apart while she is looking for her missing mother. I didn’t find Barbara very likeable, but her insight did add to the read. All in all, an atmospheric, engaging, and suspenseful read. This book highlights harrowing subject matter, and has several underlying themes present. It will leave you questioning, as you become more immersed in the read.
Date published: 2016-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tragic story by a true talent Kimberly McCreight is a talented author whose characters are well developed and whose plots have several twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I would definitely recommend this novel with the preface that she tackles difficult content bravely. Some readers may find some of the content difficult, emotionally, to grapple with.
Date published: 2015-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic psychological thriller! Wow. This was really REALLY good. I love a good psychological thriller, especially when they are as well thought out and well written as Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight. When I first read the synopsis for Where They Found Her, I was a little worried knowing that this novel was going to be told from three different points of view. I really do love when novels are written from multiple perspectives, especially within a psychological thriller, but three is a lot and can sometimes make the story hard to follow especially when the perspectives are alternating. At first I will admit, it was hard to keep track of all of the different characters within each perspective but once I started to realize how all of the stories were connected, it made it a lot easier to follow. This story is so intricate in the way that all of the stories connect, which I believe must have taken a lot of thought and careful planning. Each story weaves together perfectly and the novel ended with a feeling of closure as nothing felt unfinished or forgotten. The writing style was fantastic and as much as I dislike comparing psychological thrillers to the writing of Gillian Flynn, this book was right up there with Gone Girl, Dark Places and Sharp Objects as one of my favourite dark and thrilling reads. I do truly believe that fans of Gillian Flynn will love Where They Found Her. All of the characters were well thought out and their stories were carefully written. Each character had their own complicated stories to tell, but what was so amazing was the shocking way that they all connected. Molly is new to the town of Ridgedale and a reporter for the Ridgedale Reader. She is overcoming a personal tragedy all while reporting on the mysterious death of the baby. She’s new to reporting and starts out a little naive and nervous but grows throughout the novel as she continues following the mysterious story. Barbara is another mother in the area. She is a control freak and very intense. Out of all of the characters, she was the one I despised the most and who was driving me a little insane while reading from her perspective. Sandy is a young teenager who grew up in a broken home with a troublesome and unreliable mother. Despite her tough upbringing, she is smart and working on obtaining her GED. All of the puzzle pieces started to fit together as their stories went on. I went into this novel thinking I would get to play detective and try to figure out the mystery behind the body of the baby, and although I was trying to figure out the mystery throughout the entire novel I was also unexpectedly trying to figure out little mini mysteries within each character’s story. As always with a psychological thriller, I find myself making guesses and predictions, but I can honestly say that all of my guesses were completely wrong and in my opinion, that is what makes a suspenseful thriller successful. Although this novel was dark and chilling, it was definitely a fun and thrilling read that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. I have not read Kimberly McCreight’s other novel Reconstructing Amelia, but after enjoying Where They Found Her as much as I did, I will definitely be picking up a copy.
Date published: 2015-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this book. I got the audio version of this book, and the narrators were AWFUL!!! I wanted to stab my ears...but the story was SO good, I still listened. This story kept me guessing the whole time, and not to brag but I usually guess stories! haha. Great read. Tho I hate that Sandy was named Sandy. It was weird. She should have been named Jenna.
Date published: 2015-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from an engrossing thriller After the loss of a baby girl, Justin and Molly move to the small town of Ridgedale for a fresh start with their daughter Ella. Justin has a job at the university, Molly is a reporter for the town's newspaper and up until now, hadn't covered anything tremendously newsworthy. By chance, she ends of covering the story of a body that was found coincidentally in the same spot as another body found twenty years prior, thought to be the result of teenage boys not being terribly smart at a party in the woods. When the body found by the water is revealed to be a newborn girl, the story takes off, hooks you in and doesn't let go. What kind of person dumps a newborn baby like trash? The story is mainly narrated by Molly but there is also narration by several other characters. During her investigation of the finding of the newborn, the dominos fall and secret after secrets are revealed and so many questions come up. There are so many twists and turns, lots of surprises as the finding the newborn is only the catalyst of so many other pieces that start falling into place. This small town isn't as idyllic as it seems. There isn't just the mystery of the baby being found; whose was it, why was she put where she was, how did she sustain the injuries she had. In addition there's some question about the boy who died twenty years ago, and is there something wrong going on at the university with young girls and a prof? There are so many characters and the story is started involving all these characters and separate stories. It took me a little while to get everyone straight as the stories initially do not seem to be connected and so much was going on. I knew these stories would eventually all come together, these characters would all be connected at some point. There wasn't much given away as I would try to figure out how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together. Some of the characters are likeable, some not so much. Again, like the town, some of the people in this town are not quite as they seem. While Molly seemed to be okay having Stella as her best bud, I had no use for her and did not like her at all. There are the nasty moms, nasty teens, the misunderstood teens, what a lot of them showed on the surface was not who they were. I loved this fast paced thriller, and I loved Kimberly McCreight's prior novel, "Reconstructing Amelia". It kept me interested and I didn't want to put it down until I had all the answers.
Date published: 2015-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intricately Weaved Psychological Thriller Wow. This was really REALLY good. I love a good psychological thriller, especially when they are as well thought out and well written as Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight. When I first read the synopsis for Where They Found Her, I was a little worried knowing that this novel was going to be told from three different points of view. I really do love when novels are written from multiple perspectives, especially within a psychological thriller, but three is a lot and can sometimes make the story hard to follow especially when the perspectives are alternating. At first I will admit, it was hard to keep track of all of the different characters within each perspective but once I started to realize how all of the stories were connected, it made it a lot easier to follow. This story is so intricate in the way that all of the stories connect, which I believe must have taken a lot of thought and careful planning. Each story weaves together perfectly and the novel ended with a feeling of closure as nothing felt unfinished or forgotten. The writing style was fantastic and as much as I dislike comparing psychological thrillers to the writing of Gillian Flynn, this book was right up there with Gone Girl, Dark Places and Sharp Objects as one of my favourite dark and thrilling reads. I do truly believe that fans of Gillian Flynn will love Where They Found Her. All of the characters were well thought out and their stories were carefully written. Each character had their own complicated stories to tell, but what was so amazing was the shocking way that they all connected. Molly is new to the town of Ridgedale and a reporter for the Ridgedale Reader. She is overcoming a personal tragedy all while reporting on the mysterious death of the baby. She’s new to reporting and starts out a little naive and nervous but grows throughout the novel as she continues following the mysterious story. Barbara is another mother in the area. She is a control freak and very intense. Out of all of the characters, she was the one I despised the most and who was driving me a little insane while reading from her perspective. Sandy is a young teenager who grew up in a broken home with a troublesome and unreliable mother. Despite her tough upbringing, she is smart and working on obtaining her GED. All of the puzzle pieces started to fit together as their stories went on. I went into this novel thinking I would get to play detective and try to figure out the mystery behind the body of the baby, and although I was trying to figure out the mystery throughout the entire novel I was also unexpectedly trying to figure out little mini mysteries within each character’s story. As always with a psychological thriller, I find myself making guesses and predictions, but I can honestly say that all of my guesses were completely wrong and in my opinion, that is what makes a suspenseful thriller successful. Although this novel was dark and chilling, it was definitely a fun and thrilling read that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. I have not read Kimberly McCreight’s other novel Reconstructing Amelia, but after enjoying Where They Found Her as much as I did, I will definitely be picking up a copy.
Date published: 2015-04-19

Editorial Reviews

“Clever and scary . . . McCreight has her finger on the private school zeitgeist. . .and this disturbing tale will make older readers fondly recall the days when kids got in trouble for passing (print) notes in class.”