WHERE THEY FOUND HER by Kimberly McCreight
Publisher Harper Collins, April 14, 2015
WHERE THEY FOUND HER, a
riveting domestic thriller by New York Times bestselling author Kimberly
McCreight, offers a searing portrait of motherhood, marriage, class
distinctions and the damage wrought by betrayal, forcing us to consider how
well we can ever really know even those closest to us.
Motherhood hasn’t come easy for Molly Anderson. But despite her initial
reservations, it turns out that leaving her beloved New York City for the
bucolic, yet sophisticated suburb of Ridgedale, New Jersey may be the best
thing that could have happened to her. Six months after their move—so that
her charismatic and attentive husband Justin can take a tenure track
position at the prestigious University—Molly is shedding the remnants of the
severe depression that has dogged her since a traumatic stillbirth two years
earlier. She’s finally enjoying life as mother to 5-year-old Ella and as
Arts reporter for the small, but respectable Ridgedale Reader.
That is, until the tiny, battered body of a newborn is found in the woods
adjacent to Ridgedale University’s ivy-covered campus, a campus that may
already have much to hide. Molly is unexpectedly called upon to cover the
story—the biggest one to hit Ridgedale in years—and one that threatens to
unearth crimes both current and long past. These secrets threaten even the
town’s most powerful residents, like Barbara, wife of the handsome Police
Chief, whose picture-perfect life has suddenly begun to unravel as her young
son inexplicably starts faltering. And Stella—Molly’s new mom friend—a
brash, bluntly honest ex-banker and divorcee who’s a breath of fresh air,
but who, even Molly must acknowledge, is also wildly unpredictable.
There’s another Ridgedale, too, the one the rest of town would rather
forget. There’s the low-income Ridgedale Commons, the apartment complex
inhabited by the people who do Ridgedale’s cooking and cleaning and fixing,
including sixteen-year-old high school drop-out Sandy Mendelson who spends
much of her time trying to keep her wayward mother Jenna on the straight and
narrow. Despite her tough-girl exterior, Sandy longs for a way out and isn’t
afraid to work hard for it. But when her mother Jenna goes missing, she may
learn that pulling herself up by her bootstraps has been doomed from the
Told from the perspectives of Molly, Barbara and Sandy, WHERE THEY FOUND HER
unwinds the tangled truth about what really happened to the baby, revealing
that these three women are far more deeply connected than they ever
realized. And that the very worst crimes are those we commit against the
ones we love.
"A roller-coaster of a novel, with finely drawn characters whose lives
unravel when a dead newborn is found in their affluent college town -- and
the past refuses to stay hidden. How lucky for us readers - McCreight has
once again proven herself to be an insightful writer capable of taking us on
a hell of a ride."
-- Jodi Picoult, author of #1 NYT bestselling Leaving Time and
"With WHERE THEY FOUND HER, Kimberly McCreight doesn't just give us an
intense, interwoven, multigenerational, multi-household mystery (as if that
isn't enough). She creates a world that pulls us in completely and
genuinely, with characters that can enrage, amuse and fill us with empathy.
It's a thrilling, lovely novel."
-- Gillian Flynn, author of #1 NYT bestselling Gone Girl