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Where They Found Her    by Kimberly McCreight order for
Where They Found Her
by Kimberly McCreight
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Harper, 2015 (2015)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

A newborn baby's body has been found in the woods near the campus of a university in a wealthy New Jersey town. Suspense enters the picture almost immediately. We, the readers, are able to see the repercussions of this discovery immediately through the Internet and posts on social blogs.

Many questions arise. Whose baby is it? Why was it left at the edge of a slow-moving body of water? Was it dead when placed there? Or was it left there to die of hypothermia and starvation? Who could do such a thing? Who was hiding a pregnancy? Was the mother a young student at the university? Or someone from this small, prestigious town?

Molly Sanderson, a freelance journalist covers the society page of a local newspaper. But she is handed this story and jumps right on it. Molly has lost her own wee baby and finds this assignment hard to handle. Too close to her heart. She had a very hard time and went into deep depression when she lost her little one. But, she is a trouper and decides to put her feelings aside and do her job. Her husband is not too sure she can handle this.

By asking questions of everyone, she meets Sandy, a young, high-school dropout who is looking for her mother who has been missing for several days. And PTA president Barbara is distressed by her young son's sudden outbursts.

Molly starts to uncover things that the residents of this town would rather keep hidden. Is Molly's life in jeopardy because of this? We begin to realize that, no matter where one lives, residents are like those of any other town. We all have secrets we would rather not have others know. But to what limits will one go to hide these secrets?

Put all of this together, and you have a really good read. Maybe you'll start looking at your neighbors a little differently. But, don't forget, they might be watching you too.

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight is the second of this new novelist's works. Her first, Reconstructing Amelia, was very well received by readers as well as her peers. Author Jodi Picoult says, 'If you liked Gone Girl you'll like this one, too' and an HBO film starring Nicole Kidman is in the works.

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