Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Where They Found Her - Kimberly McCreight

Where They Found Her
Kimberly McCreight
Harper, Apr 14 2015, $26.99
ISBN: 9780062225467

Molly Sanderson, her husband Justin the tenured English professor and their five years old daughter Ella move to affluent suburban Ridgedale, New Jersey.  Due to Justin’s connection at Ridgedale University, Molly obtains a job as the arts, lifestyle and human interest reporter for the Ridgedale reader.

Five months on the job and her editor Erik Schinazy never called her home until tonight.  He apologizes for the early call, but explains he has no one else available to cover the story of a body found by the University’s Essex Bridge.  Molly wants to quit the case when she learns the corpse is a newborn; as her miscarriage of two years ago remains depressingly fresh like it happened two minutes ago, but remains diligent.  With the pristine fa├žade of an academia town ripped asunder, the cops, Molly and other reporters search for the missing mom.

Rotating leads between several characters and cleverly complicating the voice of the protagonist through various medium methods (affirming Marshall McLuhan’s “The Medium Is the Message”), Where They Found Her is a taut investigative thriller.  Although over the top of High Point Monument happenchance detracts from the tension, Kimberly McCreight authors a gripping whodunit.

Harriet Klausner

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