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 wound up among the fallen leaves. But among the residents of Ridgedale, there is no shortage of opinions.
When freelance journalist, and recent Ridgedale transplant, Molly Anderson 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 so hard to bury. But the history Molly uncovers is not her own. Her investigation unravels 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 have ever known. That the very worst crimes are committed against those we love. And that—sooner or later—the past catches up to all of us.
This review is a tad late! But only because I’ve reached that time of semester where everything is due!
This was an enjoyable book overall. This sounds morbid, but this is the second book this year I’ve read where the victim is a child and it’s been a change from the usual adult victims. I did find that story a little on the slow side in the first 1/3 of the book. I was distracted by the different styles of writing; Molly’s diary entry, Molly’s psychologist scenes, Jenna’s diary entry’s, Molly’s newspaper entries, and the regular chapters… I thought the story could have done without Molly’s journal entries, they didn’t add enough to the story to actually be there for me.
I picked who the babies mother was very early, which was a bit of a disappointment because you want that surprise. I was surprised with the second big twist that was more towards the end ( I don’t want to say too much to spoil it. I’ll just say it takes two to make a baby…). That actually got a verbal response from me, and some anger! Which is what you want as a reader. For that, I gave an extra star.
Couldn’t stand Barbara. She got on my nerves, and was pretty damn awful to her daughter. So as you can see, it’s a story that gave a lot in terms of plot line interest, an emotional and verbal response, and an interesting victim.
I rated Where They Found Her: 4/5 stars