15 December, 2015

Where they found her by Kimberly McCreight

The body of a newborn is found in the woods near a college town and newly-appointed reporter Molly is called to investigate the story for her newspaper. Molly has recently returned to work after the loss of her baby so this assignment is especially challenging for her.

She finds out that there have been other mysterious deaths in the same area in the past. Molly delves into the lives of the staff and students to determine if the baby’s mother is connected to the university and discovers that there are plenty of people in the town with secrets to hide.

The pace of this novel is just right- the suspense builds up without skipping over the details which add depth to the story and characters. As well as the first-person narration from Molly, the story is also told from the views of teenage student Sandy and local school mother Barbara.

Some very insightful writing rounds out the characters. I especially liked the line which illustrates Molly’s emotional state ‘Happy was my adopted country, not my native land. I was still bracing to be expelled without warning’.

An interesting story with a good mix of suspense and drama and a satisfying conclusion.

Title: Where they found her
Author: Kimberly McCreight

Reviewed by Kathy N, Collections Development

Kathy N can’t go to sleep unless she has read a bit before turning the light off. As well as most fiction, she enjoys craft and lifestyle books to get project ideas for her rural home. She spends most of her working day buying books for Auckland Libraries.

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