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
I have a thing for thrillers & mysteries & creepy as f*** books, and McCreight is so on point it’s not even funny. As I read, I always try to solve the mystery myself (I’ll admit I’m not the best at it… but I’ve figured it out a few times!!) and while I’ll have a guess with her stories, even if I’m right there’s some crazy twist that makes everything so much more… insane.
I love her writing, the way she builds the story and even though there are multiple voices… I know each one and understand their points of view. I wish she had more books for me to devour to be perfectly honest. She’s THAT good – and may have even stepped into Gillian Flynn’s spot as my favorite author.
This particular story was riddled with heartbreak and stories of depression and overall, just really sad to see where the characters came from and what they’d all gone through. But because all of those sad, terrible things tied together this larger story… it made everything make sense and instead of dragging me down, it made me even more interested in getting to the bottom of everything.
Some people may not like this because there are so many voices and so many storylines to follow along and piece together, but I really enjoyed it – the way McCreight wrote it helps you stay on the right track, so even if you’re iffy about that aspect, I still highly recommend picking it up.
I gave Where They Found Her 5/5 stars on Goodreads, and I hope everyone who reads this, reads it!