Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Where They Found Her: A Novel by Kimberly McCreight

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

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.

my thoughts:

I'm a huge fan of suspense-filled mystery novels, so I was really looking forward to McCreight's latest book, Where They Found Her.  A book about three women undergoing some serious dramatic life events, an innocent's death, and the revelation that the past can always follow you into the present.  I was so excited to dive into this story and get lost in all of the drama, lies, intense discoveries, and horrible truths.  What I wasn't expecting was the predictability of it all.  Yes, I said it, the book is PREDICTABLE and I mean it - with a capital P.  From the beginning, its pretty obvious who is responsible for the baby, the indiscretions, the horrible events that lead to the broken and emotionally scarred people we get to know.  The more you read, the quicker you figure things out.  And that was my problem with this story.  As much as I loved getting involved with Molly's new job, her new home, and her sad past, I couldn't help but want to shake her awake to the truth - which was right in front of her FACE!!!.  Yes, I got annoyed with Molly and the whole cast of characters and wound up speed reading right through the predictable end.  Where They Found Her just wasn't my cup of tea.  Of course, if you read the other bloggers' reviews you will find that I am in the minority.  Everyone seemed to LOVE this story and raved about it.  Maybe its just me that didn't gel with this book.  Who knows?  Either way, I don't think I'll be reading any more of McCreight's books - I've read Reconstructing Amelia and found that book to be too predictable as well.  Oh well, different strokes for different folks, right?

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour Schedule for: Where They Found Her
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!


Ti said...

Yep. When I first saw this one I wanted to snatch it up but there was this little piece of me that held off and now after all of the so-so reviews I think I will pass.

Nadia said...

Ti, definitely pass on it. Its way too predictable. Such a disappointing read. Oh well.

bermudaonion said...

Aw, too bad. I don't mind some predictability but it sounds like this has too much of that.

Nadia said...

Kathy, I'm okay with predictability when its executed well, but this was not. I just found myself rolling my eyes at how obvious everything was.

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.

PCN said...

THANK YOU. Everything was too predictable. When certain details were introduced, they screamed "plot device!" I was hoping to be surprised by at least a few things but no, every guess I had (made early on) was right. After all the glowing reviews, I was relieved to read yours and see I'm not alone.