Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

wheretheyfoundherWhere They Found Her is the story of Molly, a journalist who has recently been through losing a late-term pregnancy. She’s trying to get back in the swing of things and takes an assignment for the Ridgedale Reader, her town’s local newspaper. The story? A body has been found in a ravine and it’s not until she begins her investigation that she realizes it’s the body of a baby. As you can imagine, this is hard for Molly but she is determined to prove to her husband and editor that she can not only do the story but unravel the mystery behind it.

Meanwhile, we’re meeting Sandy, a 16 year-old girl who lives with her drug addicted, unreliable mother. Sandy’s trying to take care of her mother and get her GED, on top of just trying to survive. Her mother goes missing and she gets evicted from her apartment and now she’s stuck with no money. While it’s not uncommon for her mother to go missing for a while, she’s never been gone this long.

And in the same town but in another household, we meet Barbara, wife of Steve, police officer and lead investigator for the murder. It’s clear that Barbara, while proud of her husband, isn’t a particularly good-natured wife. She has a reputation in the town as being a know-it-all and seems off-kilter.

All of these stories are intertwined and in the end you’ll be impressed with how the author ties it all together.  I recently heard Kimberly McCreight speak at an author panel at C2E2 in Chicago and was impressed by her. When asked about how she handles feedback and reviews from her readers. She had this to say about her writing process:

“I ask myself: Are people hearing what I’m trying to say? If not, then I need to say it more clearly.”

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