In Reconstructing Amelia, the stunning debut novel from Kimberly McCreight, Kate's in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter—now. But Kate’s stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. By then it’s already too late for Amelia. And for Kate.
An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that’s the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn’t jump.
Reconstructing Amelia is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it’s the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn’t save.
Fans of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl will find Reconstructing Amelia just as gripping and surprising.
After her teenage daughter Amelia s mysterious suicide, litigation attorney Kate Baron becomes an unlikely amateur sleuth in McCreight s diverting, if busy, debut. Kate s grief over Amelia s death and guilt about her failures as a mother are compounded by a series of anonymous text messages intimating that Amelia was actually murdered. She partners up with NYPD Lt. Lewis Thompson, who involves her, to an implausible degree, as an equal in the investigation as they trawl through Amelia s online history and interview her classmates and their families. The real story of Amelia s life and death emerges slowly, through a creative blend of Kate s present, Amelia s past, and such varied communication methods as texts, e-mails, blog entries, and Facebook status updates, leading to a chaotic landslide of climactic revelations that strains believability. Amelia s first-person narration provides the most human note, as McCreight portrays the darkness of adolescence, complete with doomed love, bullies, poisonous friendship, and insecurity. Fans of literary thrillers will enjoy the novel s dark mood and clever form, even if the mystery doesn t entirely hold together.
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Sadly, a high school club of bad girls gains power over a good, smart, eager to fit in classmate. The events that unfold are heart-wrenching to watch as the club forces her to become like them. In her desperate attempt to be loved, our good girl loses on so many levels. The book is well-crafted but the story is hard to accept. As a mom of pre-teens, I'm glad to have read it and will be a more conscious watcher and listener as a result.
An incredible book. Must read. It's so beautifully written and a beautiful tale told through the eyes of a16 year old. So many twist and turns the best ending ever
This book was bad! Too many characters and way too unrealistic. Not worth the read.