Hi, readers! Today I'm a stop on the TLC book tour for Kimberly McCreight's latest, Where They Found Her.
Molly Anderson doesn't normally cover front-page news and certainly not the crime beat. She's an arts writer for the local Ridgedale Reader, but when the regulars are out of pocket she's tasked with covering a truly disturbing headline. Early one morning, the body of a deceased infant is found on university property, the cause of death and the exact timeline are uncertain thanks to recent weather. Molly wants to prove herself as a journalist, but her own recent loss makes this a particularly tough assignment. Though the authorities are seemingly helpful, sharing information and taking the time to answer questions for the "local" media, the case is considered to be a pretty limited matter. But Molly's research quickly uncovers a deeper issue in Ridgedale's local crime - a series of unsolved sexual assaults linked to the campus. Whether the crimes are connected remains to be seen, but emotions are running high and the citizens of Ridgedale are demanding answers.
Where They Found Her is not an easy book to sum up but as with her debut, Reconstructing Amelia, McCreight grabs hold of the reader from page one! The discovery of a dead baby is a pretty tense way to begin any tale, but when you throw in a leading lady with emotional issues, a missing woman, a couple of problem teens, and a bevy of secrets just begging to become local gossip, you've got a sure fire recipe for a winning suspense read.
The book does grind to a screeching halt at the end. As happens occasionally, the resolution doesn't quite live up to the build. The various threads of the story are all resolved, but a bit too quickly and neatly for my taste considering how dark and messy those threads are to begin with. Honestly, though, the ride is so intense that I didn't find the soft end of the last few pages to be that much of a let down. Where They Found Her is still a fine second release for McCreight and yet another read you won't want to put down until you've turned the final page.
To see more stops on the tour be sure to check out the official TLC tour page here.
For more on Kimberly McCreight and her work, you can visit her website here. You can also like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.