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At the end of a long winter in well-to-do 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 Ridgedale 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 going back 20 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. That the very worst crimes are committed against those we love. And that - sooner or later - the past catches up to all of us.
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By Chad G. on 04-18-15
Dark, twist filled novel
Twisty novel that should keep most listeners guessing from start to finish. This is the second novel from McCreight that I've read and she is quite skilled at giving away bits of information, trails of evidence, that will have you changing your mind about who did what. I actually did figure things out (mostly) early on, but I was second guessing myself until everything was revealed.
I'm a big fan of McCreight's writing style, it is so easy to read. She is now permanently on my watch list!
The narrators did a nice job as well.
43 of 43 people found this review helpful
By Erika on 04-27-15
Couldn't stop listening
This book was fantastic. If you enjoy Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and The Girl on the Train you need to read this book! I can't believe that I hadn't heard about it, and luckily came upon it browsing Audible's mystery genre. A gripping mystery, and good character development. I am on to Reconstructing Amelia by this author.
63 of 64 people found this review helpful