Saturday, June 20, 2015

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Attorney and single mom Kate Barron receives a call at work that she needs to pick up her daughter, Amelia immediately since she has been suspended. Amelia is a model student at Brooklyn's private Grave Hall, so this is completely out of character. When Kate arrives at the school, there are no cops and she learns that Amelia has jumped from the roof of the school to her death.

Shortly after Amelia's death, Kate receives a text from a blocked number saying that her daughter didn't jump. In her heart, Kate never believed Amelia committed suicide, so this is the push she needs to get to the bottom of what really happened that day.

The book alternates chapters between Kate and Amelia's narration and the timeline goes back and forth between what happened before Amelia's death and Kate desperate to find the truth. Amelia tell us about the "club" she was tapped to join and the student there that she fell in love with that was the start of her downfall. Kate is also forced to confront her daughter's parentage.

I have read both of McCreight's (Where They Found Her) novels now, and I couldn't put them down. I am a huge fan of Chevy Stevens psychological suspense stories, so these were equally as good, if not better. I am eager for her to write and publish her next book. With ample plot twists and surprises, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a page-turner.

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