- Written by: Kimberly McCreight
- Published by: Harper Collins, April 14, 2015
- Length: 336 pages
- Source: publisher for consideration of an honest review
Summary:At the end of a long winter, in bucolic 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 Ridegdale 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 that goes back twenty 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. And that their lives are more intertwined with what happened to the baby than they ever could have imagined. (GoodReads)
My Thoughts: Much anticipation and speculation has surrounded the second book of author Kimberly McCreight. Her first book, Reconstructing Amelia, was a major success. I’m thrilled to say I enjoyed this book as much as or more perhaps than her first. I believe McCreight has proven her ability to weave a story that pulls you in and keeps you turning pages till the very end.
Molly Anderson and her husband moved to Ridgedale for his career as a professor at the local university. She’s recently come out of a deep depression following the still birth of her second child. Molly has been covering local happenings for the local paper, but when the hard news reporters are unable to respond to a case of a found body, her editor asks here to cover it. No one knew it was an infant, found in a ravine in the woods on the University property. While disturbing, Molly decides to keep following the story. Her outside perspective allows her to look openly at this case, and uncover other buried secrets surrounding the town and university.
This story is also told from the perspective of two other women. Barbara has a son in kindergarten with Molly’s daughter. The women aren’t friends, Barbara is also the wife of a local police officer. Sandy is a 16 year old girl who has dropped out of school and is struggling to achieve her GED while also maintaining some type of life with her unstable mother.
McCreight digs into each of these women’s past just enough for the reader to know them better, what brought them to this place and time in Ridgedale. We see their families and their motivations to do what each believe is the right thing. What eventually brings them together is the secrets that the author has woven so well.
I enjoyed this book so very much. Highly recommend. You can learn more about the author on her website. Thank you Harper Collins.