Paperback: 352 pages
Published: April 19th 2016 by Harper Perennial (first published April 14th 2015)
ISBN: 0062225472 (ISBN13: 9780062225474)
Edition Language: English
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 came to be found among the fallen leaves. But for the residents of Ridgedale, there is no shortage of opinions.
When freelance journalist and recent Ridgedale transplant Molly Sanderson 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 hard to bury. But the disturbing history Molly uncovers is not her own. Her investigation reveals 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 ever have imagined: that the very worst crimes are committed against those we love. And that—sooner or later—the past catches up to all of us.
I never would have picked up this book if I hadn’t read Kimberly McCreight’s first novel, Reconstructing Amelia (which I highly recommend). I was strolling through the bookstore the other day and I remembered that book and realized it had been a while since that book came out so I went in search of another book by Kimberly.
I found this one and I put it back on the shelf because the subject matter just seemed to heavy. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to read it. I ended up going back a few days later and picking it up though because I was curious.
Turns out I was right and the subject matter is heavy and pretty hard to take. The summary of the book is enough to make you cringe but then you read it and it’s just devastating. It hooked me in though and I had to know what happened.
This book reminded me so much of the British television series Broadchurch. A death in a small, relatively close-knit community sends everyone reeling while they try and uncover what happened. There are plenty of red-herrings and you’re never really sure who to actually trust.
To be fair, it was a little bit predictable. I figured out half of the “who” in the first 50 pages at least. Then as I was reading I was able to deduce more and more of the story. I’m not sure if those that was intentional or not but there were a few surprises left at the end that I didn’t necessarily see coming that made it worth it.
It’s fast paced and you’re never really left thinking “okay get on with it then.” It seems with every turn of the page there are new things revealed and new things to make you question what really happened. The characters are developed and complicated and the story is intelligent. Overall, I would absolutely recommend this book if you’re looking for a quick read that will suck you in from the beginning.