Thursday, June 23, 2016
Patty Pick for June 23 is "Where they Found Her" by Kimberly McCreight
Where they found her starts off with a bang! That's usually the way I like my psychological thrillers to go. It's funny that I read this book after "Pretending to Dance" by Diane Chamberlain because both major female characters are named Molly. They both are dealing with the loss of a baby. Strange events to be sure, but that is about the only thing that these two books have in common.
In "Where They Found Her", Molly Anderson is slowing returning back to her life because she has been struggling with depression after her baby died in utero. Her husband, Justin, and daughter, Ella, are glad to have Molly working and managing to live her life again. She was a practicing lawyer for a non-profit that helped low income pregnant women. She can not face all those pregnant people after losing her baby, so she is trying her hand as a reporter for the small town to which they fled when the city seemed too much for them to handle anymore. Justin, her husband, is a professor at the local private college where he is now teaching. Then the unthinkable happens, Molly, the arts reporter, is thrust into the investigation of a dead infant found in the local river.
This novel jumps right into the investigation and the ever expanding list of suspects. It turns out that small town Ridgedale has quite a few interesting suspects. Molly uses all of her resources and digs deep to uncover the mystery of what happened to the infant found and to some of the other lost souls in town. Told from the perspective of Molly, Barbara - a PTA uber-mom, and Sandy, a teenager with a mom connected to the town, they all keep the action and story moving forward. It turns out that it really is a small world. This book will keep you up turning the pages until the end. Don't plan on putting it down and slowly meandering through this one! Love the twist!