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Where They Found Her – Kimberly McCreight

Psychological Thriller 4*s
Psychological Thriller
4*s

I was very tempted by this author’s previous novel Reconstructing Amelia but sadly didn’t get around to reading it, so when I saw this one on NetGalley I was keen to give it a try.

And boy does this book start with a bang! Molly Anderson has joined the local paper in Ridgedale, a big step since she had suffered a stillbirth eighteen months earlier and had suffered with severe depression as a result. With the help of her husband Justin and a move to a new area Molly is slowly becoming more confident in parenting her daughter Ella and hoping to make new friends in the area when she is asked to stand in for the chief reporter as he is in hospital. Molly makes her way to the edge of Ridgedale University campus where a body has been found – to her horror the body is that of a very small infant. The question is whose baby is it? Will Molly be able to put her grief to one side and report on the issue without it compromising her recovery?

This book uses one of my favourite devices, the links of various characters to tell a story and in this book, all the key characters we meet are connected in some way and the way their stories are intertwine as the plot unfolds. Although much of this tale is revealed through Molly’s eyes we are also treated to transcripts from her psychiatrist, a mother of a classmate of Ella’s and a teenage girl as well as a diary dating back nearly twenty years. I am a real fan of multiple viewpoints in books, but only when it is well executed, and this one is done superbly. Every switch was easy to follow and each piece had something to add to the overall story with the pieces of the past colliding with the present until all the information comes together and the truth is revealed. As well as the multiple viewpoints we also have different ways of reporting the story including some of Molly’s reports for the paper complete with comments which I have to admit felt a little bit forced in this instance, although I am an avid reader of these in ‘real life.’

With the truth being revealed in pieces the author cleverly maintains the tension and this story had me gripped as I wanted to know the secrets that were hiding in the various strands because this book isn’t just about the baby’s body, this small community where crime is rarely committed is hiding a lot more. I enjoy it when books have a decent range of characters both in terms of age and situation, and the Rigedale community is well represented in this tale. Kimberley McCreight presents us with a wide range of characters including some that first appeared to be real horrors, although through the excellent writing I later grew to understand some of them, if not like them.

A very satisfying and intricate novel which I really enjoyed, this is very much a character driven novel and although the police are involved to be honest it is lucky for them that they have someone who is as keen to get answers as Molly because they don’t seem to have much of a sense of urgency, or even the most basic detection skills.
I’d like to thank the publishers Simon & Schuster for my copy of this book in return for my honest opinion. Where They Found Her was published yesterday 24 September 2015 here in the UK.

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This Week In Books (September 23)

This Week In Books

Hosted by Lypsyy Lost & Found my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I am reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words

I’ve not done much in the way of reading over the last week – but here we go; I am currently reading The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

The Night Watch

Check out yesterday’s post for the synopsis and a taster from this one.post

I have finished Where They Found Her by Kimberley McCreight, definitely a mystery that held my attention (my lack of reading at the moment is more down to spending time with ‘real’ people than the books not holding my attention)

Where They Found Her

Blurb

The very worst crimes are those we commit against the ones we love
Motherhood hasn’t come at all easy for Molly Anderson. But she’s finally enjoying life as mother to five-year-old Ella and as Arts reporter for the small but respectable Ridgedale Reader. That is, until a body is found in the woods adjacent to Ridgedale University’s ivy-covered campus. This is a discovery that threatens to unearth secrets long buried by the town’s most powerful residents, and brings Molly to two women who are far more deeply connected than they have ever realised.
Where They Found Her is a riveting domestic thriller which offers a searing portrait of motherhood, marriage, class distinctions and the damage wrought by betrayal. NetGalley

My review will follow shortly

Next I intend to read Boxes by Pascal Garnier

Boxes

Blurb

He was the sole survivor of the natural disaster that at one time or another strikes us all, known as ‘moving house’.
Brice and Emma had bought their new home in the countryside together. And then Emma disappeared. Now, as he awaits her return, Brice busies himself with DIY and walks around the village.
He gradually comes to know his new neighbours including Blanche, an enigmatic woman in white, who has lived on her own in the big house by the graveyard since the death of her father, to whom Brice bears a curious resemblance… NetGalley

What are you reading this week?

See what I’ve been reading in 2015 here

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This Week In Books (September 16)

This Week In Books

Hosted by Lypsyy Lost & Found my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I am reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words

I have just started reading Where They Found Her by Kimberley McCreight

Where They Found Her

Blurb

The very worst crimes are those we commit against the ones we love
Motherhood hasn’t come at all easy for Molly Anderson. But she’s finally enjoying life as mother to five-year-old Ella and as Arts reporter for the small but respectable Ridgedale Reader. That is, until a body is found in the woods adjacent to Ridgedale University’s ivy-covered campus. This is a discovery that threatens to unearth secrets long buried by the town’s most powerful residents, and brings Molly to two women who are far more deeply connected than they have ever realised.
Where They Found Her is a riveting domestic thriller which offers a searing portrait of motherhood, marriage, class distinctions and the damage wrought by betrayal. NetGalley

I have just finished Little Girl Gone by Alexandra Burt

Little Girl Gone

Please see yesterday’s post for the synopsis and a taster from this book.

Next I am going to read one of my choices for the 20 Books of 2015 Summer Challenge, which I failed miserably; The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

The Night Watch

Blurb

Moving back through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked-out streets, illicit partying, and sexual adventure, to end with its beginning in 1941, The Night Watch tells the story of four Londoners—three women and a young man with a past—whose lives, and those of their friends and lovers, connect in tragedy, stunning surprise and exquisite turns, only to change irreversibly in the shadow of a grand historical event. Goodreads

What are you reading this week?

See what I’ve been reading in 2015 here

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Stacking The Shelves (August 22)

Stacking the shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Just a few additions to the bookshelves this week all from NetGalley.

First up is Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight which I’ve seen good reviews of around the blogosphere. This is due to be published on 24 September 2015.

Where They Found Her

Blurb
The very worst crimes are those we commit against the ones we love

Motherhood hasn’t come at all easy for Molly Anderson. But she’s finally enjoying life as mother to five-year-old Ella and as Arts reporter for the small but respectable Ridgedale Reader. That is, until a body is found in the woods adjacent to Ridgedale University’s ivy-covered campus. This is a discovery that threatens to unearth secrets long buried by the town’s most powerful residents, and brings Molly to two women who are far more deeply connected than they have ever realised.
Where They Found Her is a riveting domestic thriller which offers a searing portrait of motherhood, marriage, class distinctions and the damage wrought by betrayal. NetGalley

Next is the second in Louise Smith series, Behind Closed Doors by Elizabeth Haynes. Having really enjoyed Under A Silent Moon this had been sat on my wishlist since publication in January this year but the lovely NetGalley have it on their site ready for the paperback release dated 8 October 2015.

Behind Closed Doors
Blurb

‘To begin with, nothing was certain except her own terror . . .’
Ten years ago, fourteen-year-old Scarlett Rainsford vanished without a trace during a family holiday to Greece. Not being able to find Scarlett was one of the biggest regrets of DCI Louisa Smith’s career and when Scarlett is discovered back in her home town after all this time, Lou is determined to find out what happened to her and why she remained hidden for so long. Was she abducted or did she run away?
As Lou and her team delve deeper into Scarlett’s past, their investigation throws up more questions than it answers. But as they edge closer to the truth about what really went on behind closed doors, it is more sinister and disturbing than they had ever imagined. NetGalley

Lastly I have a copy of The Good Neighbor by Amy Sue Nathan which I have to confess was chosen in error… I thought it was the book with the same name by Beth Miller but this one sounds good too! This one is due to be published on 13 October 2015.

The Good Neighbor

Blurb

Things are a little rough for Izzy Lane. Still reeling from the break-up of her marriage, the newly single mom moves back to the Philadelphia home she grew up in, five-year-old Noah in tow. The transition is difficult, but with the help of her best friends—and her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Feldman—Izzy feels like she’s stepping closer to her new normal. Until her ex-husband shows up with his girlfriend. That’s when Izzy invents a boyfriend of her own. And that’s when life gets complicated.

Blogging about her “new guy” provides Izzy with something to do when Noah’s asleep. What’s the harm in a few made-up stories? Then, her blog soars in popularity and she’s given the opportunity to moonlight as an online dating expert. How can she turn it down? But when her friends want to meet the mysterious “Mac,” someone online suspects Izzy’s a fraud, and a guy in-real-life catches her eye, Izzy realizes just how high the stakes are. That’s when Mrs. Feldman steps in, determined to show her neighbor the havoc that lies can wreak. If Izzy’s honest, she could lose everything, and everyone. Is the truth worth any cost? NetGalley

Any of these take your fancy or perhaps you’ve already read them?
What have you found to read this week? Please do share in the comments below