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Where They Found Her

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  39,559 ratings  ·  3,259 reviews
From the author of the New York Times bestseller and 2014 Edgar and Anthony nominee Reconstructing Amelia comes another harrowing, gripping novel that marries psychological suspense with an emotionally powerful story about a community struggling with the consequences of a devastating discovery.

At the end of a long winter, in bucolic Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an i
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Harper
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
3.5 stars

A baby's body is found in the quiet upperclass town of Ridgedale, New Jersey. The normal crime beat reporter is out of town and Molly (who usually does the fluff pieces) is pulled in to do a report on the scene.

Molly is a recent addition to the town so she doesn't know the history of the area. She starts digging in for answers and finds out that another death had happened at the same place.
Molly had also recently lost a baby herself and her friends and husband question her as to whe
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I hate attempting to write reviews about books I felt “meh” about. Although I read a little bit of everything, the mystery/thriller genre is definitely the one I gravitate toward most frequently. That being said, I’m extremely hard to please. A 3-Star rating is gooooooood for me. I also have high expectations from authors who I have previously read and enjoyed. Unfortunately for authors like McCreight (as well as others like S
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller, fiction
The Hook - A starred review from Kirkus and good marks from my GR friends had me scrambling to read Where They Found Her

The Line”Because, lately, his doing what she wanted seemed in inverse proportion to his affection for her.”

The Sinker – It started out fine. A body of a baby is found in the river of a small University town. Molly, the reporter sent out to cover the story is on the edges of being back to life after her own tragic miscarriage making the assignment doubly challenging. Sorry t
Diane S ☔
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Loved the different formats, e-mails, journal entries, newspaper articles and comments, used in telling this story. A small town, a newborn baby found dead, and an investigation ensues. Secrets are revealed and some of them go back years, and some of the leaders of this town are exposed. Nothing is as it seems.

A fast paced and intriguing story with some interesting characters, some that will do, anything to keep the truth from coming out.

ARC from Publisher.
Jennifer Masterson
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. I was hooked right away! Wow is this the page turner! Loved it! I never finished Reconstructing Amelia because I couldn't get into it but decided to give this author another try. I am so glad I did! This was a much better read for me.

The only problem I had was with the character, Barbara. I found her a little too tedious, annoying, and over the top even though she is supposed to be that way. Nonetheless, "Where They Found Her", was excellent! Psychological thriller fans put this on th
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Beginning half of the book-2.5 stars
Last half of the book-3.5 stars
I had a hard time connecting with this book right from the start. So many characters to remember and multiple story lines made it hard for me to figure out what was what. On the plus side, the lead story was what kept me turning the pages...I did want to know whodunit and why. Finally a little over half way through the story lines started to come together and my questions were answered. The author really does know how to spin a t
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Here is another book that others seemed to really enjoy but that fell flat for me. As another reviewer said, perhaps I, too, have read too many of these non-linear mysteries with multiple POVs and jostled storylines. Here I found the characters (and there were so many!!) very one-dimensional and interconnected past the point of believability. How all these seemingly cursory characters proved important in the end was a little weak and the relationship that was the most important piece of the puzz ...more
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Let's just get this out of the way: I AM HARD TO PLEASE.

I am deeply entrenched in the mystery/thriller/suspense genre. Deeply. Like, I'm not one of those well-rounded readers.

So, 3 stars from me in this genre is not necessarily a bad thing.

That being said, I also hate writing reviews for 3-star ratings because I feel so monotone in my emotional reaction towards what I've read. It's the the epitome of "meh."

And I have so much "meh" to spread all over this book... That sou
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After being thoroughly impressed by author, McCreight's debut novel Reconstructing Amelia, to say the pressure was on for book number two was an understatement. Of course we had the almost obligatory comparisons to Gone Girl, but while this will most likely never get to the sales heights of that particular title, in every other way it is a superior piece of writing.

Still reeling from a recent miscarriage, Molly Sanderson, who lives in upscale Ridgedale, with her professor husband and her young d
Twisty and enjoyable mystery, but fairly forgettable - lands somewhere around a 3.5. I'm not sure if these types of books are getting more generic or if I've just read so many that they no longer stand out... ...more
Erin Clemence
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Seriously, Kimberly McCreight? Why do you do this to me? Every damn time. I always fall victim to your tantalizing, suspense- fueled, and addicting plots! (I also enjoy every minute of it and will continue to do so again and again).
In “Where They Found Her”, a newborn baby’s dead body washes up on the shore of a town in New Jersey, sending all of the inhabitants into a state of blame-placing. The story is told through the eyes of three women- Molly (a news reporter who is still dealing with the
Where They Found Her is a standalone, mystery novel written by author Kimberly McCreight. This is only Ms. McCreight's second full-length novel and after an amazing debut (Reconstructing Amelia), I know so many readers were looking forward to it. Sadly, I must admit that I didn't enjoy Where They Found Her anywhere near as much as her debut. I felt confused too many times and I think that had to do with the multiple POV's and storylines going on. It prevented me from following the flow of the st ...more
Larry H
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The body of an infant has been found near a creek on the campus of Ridgedale University. No one knows whose baby this was, who killed the baby, and, of course, why someone would have done such a terrible thing. Molly Sanderson, a freelance journalist who has mainly covered the arts, lifestyle, and human interest beat for the Ridgedale Reader finds herself assigned to cover the story, and she is unprepared for the toll it will take on her psyche.

Following the loss of her second baby, Molly su

When Molly Anderson, journalist for the local paper in Ridgedale was asked to cover the discovery of a body at the Ridgedale University’s campus grounds, she knew she was their last resort. But she also wanted this to work – she had been ill with a severe case of depression for the past eighteen months after the loss of her baby. Her daughter Ella and husband Justin were the only things keeping her sane. So the opportunity to get back into the work she loved was too good to resist. Erik, he
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another thoroughly well written novel by author Kimberley McCreight. I had the novel 'Reconstructing Amelia' recommended to me and really enjoyed it so it was an easy choice to read this book and I was not disappointed. The book is not full of action but it has very well written dialogues that build up the various characters to have them clear in your mind. The story is well laid out and makes perfect sense by the end of the book and is extremely well paced. ...more
Judy D Collins
Kimberly McCreight, delivers a multi-layered suspense, psychological crime mystery thriller, WHERE THEY FOUND HER; leaving you page-turning into the night to discover the devastating secret of the lives connected to these dark secrets.

Set in an idyllic small suburban town of Ridgedale, NJ, we hear from different women with a multi-generational perspective.

Molly is a freelance journalist, and lives with her professor husband Justin and five-year-old daughter, Ella. Molly is assigned the story of
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, thriller
It seems every thriller these days gets held up to Gone Girl. There's no doubt Gillian Flynn is a very talented writer, but I dunno, something about her books always leaves me feeling a little dirty and grubby. I read Reconstructing Amelia a couple of years ago, and while it doesn't have the same level of fame and popularity as GONE GIRL I infinitely preferred it.

Stylistically, WHERE THEY FOUND HER has similarities to Amelia. The book encompasses several viewpoint characters, and includes exc
Apr 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
3.5 stars
WHERE THEY FOUND HER is the second book I have read by their author (her previous one was RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA), and despite the 3.5 star rating, I would definitely seek out other books she writes in the future.
The story is certainly intriguing, and the writing very smooth. I initially found the multiple POVs/time jumps a bit confusing, but you get used to it. I am a big fan of multiple POVs (when done right), and I felt it really gave this story momentum. The down side is that, inevi
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it

Imagine this...

You have had a hard time getting pregnant, you have been through some terrible struggles to become a Mother.

Then joyously you give birth and you rear a daughter, a wonderful daughter.

The your job takes you to a place near water where there is a baby, a little baby dead.
Its only been a couple of years since she said goodbye to her still born baby. Even though she has a child now, if anyone has been through loosing a baby, miscarriage, stillborn, cot death or for whatever reason, t
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Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** This ARC was gifted to me by HarperCollins Canada as part of their newly re-launched program #HCCFirstLook in exchange for an honest review **

Wow. This was really REALLY good. I love a good psychological thriller, especially when they are as well thought out and well written as Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight.

When I first read the synopsis for Where They Found Her, I was a little worried knowing that this novel was going to be told from three different points of view. I really do
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A baby is found dead and a town is in turmoil. Molly Anderson is asked to cover the story for her newspaper, although she is still recovering from the loss of her own baby years earlier. As she digs deeper into the story, secrets from the past become uncovered and effect many lives in the tony college town.

The story is told from 3 POVs: Molly, whose husband does not want her to cover this story, Barbara, the wife of the police chief and who tries to project a perfect life, and Sandy, a 16 year
{ U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y }
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suspense/Mystery lovers
Recommended to { U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y } by: Given to me for a honest review

- My Description -
She was found near the water's edge.
Her small body was underneath the skinny trees that long ago had lost their leaves.

Ridgedale Reader reporter Molly Sanderson is asked to write the news report on a dead body found near the Ridgedale University campus.
A dead body is newsworthy anyway but this isn't just any dead body.

This is a newborn baby girl.

Molly takes on the case because she has to. There's no one else.

Years before, Molly had lost a baby due to a miscarriage.
At firs
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
As the book cover informs, this psychological thriller is told from the viewpoint of three different women. Kimberly McCreight does an excellent job on voice; each character has a distinct personality and expression. The main character, Molly, is the weakest character in that she’s supposed to be a journalist, but doesn’t seem very curious or inquisitive. The most difficult character to read is Sandy, who is a teenager with foul language and harsh idiolect. I almost abandoned the book after Sand ...more
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molly Sanderson and her husband Justin, an English professor at Ridgedale University, have recently re-located to the idyllic town some time after the stillbirth of their second daughter. Molly, a journalist, struggles with the guilt of what happened and has only just started working for the local newspaper, “The Ridgedale Reader,” covering fluff pieces when she is called to investigate a report of a body found on land that belongs to the University. Molly is aware that the editor is only sendin ...more
Alissa Patrick
Feb 07, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

A dead infant is found on a college campus. A freelance journalist is chosen to be the reporter on this case, which is extra difficult for her, as she is still reeling from the loss of her own baby. Molly is determined to uncover the truth over this case, even if it means discovering deep, dark secrets of this sleepy college town.

I really liked this author's first novel, Reconstructing Amelia, so I was looking forward to this one. It was slightly muddled in the middle, and I had a litt
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Where They Found Her is a phenomenally written suspenseful thriller of a book that pulls the reader in from the prologue. You immediately want to know what is happening leading to the questions what, why, who, how? Narrators alternate between chapters ultimately giving three different perspectives throughout the story. I found that the author pulled off the different narrators incredibly well as it was clear that you were in a completely different woman's mind. It is so interesting how the thre ...more
Emily M
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've seen a lot of mixed reviews about this book, but decided to go ahead and read it anyways. Like Reconstructing Amelia, I figured that even if the book didn't end up being a favorite, it would at least keep me entertained for a few hours.

And it did! But even more than that, I found myself truly impressed with Kimberly McCreight's pacing and structure in this novel. The way she tells this story (ie, through multiple perspectives, flashbacks, journal entries, etc), is very similar to her appro
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, suspense
I loved this book more than I expected to! I chose a slower read, about an hour per day at my pool in the evenings after work, and it was the perfect way to read it. I was able to concentrate and enjoy the narrative as it unfolded. A lot of reviews have covered the plot, so I won't recap it too much. I will say that some criticism has been that there were too many characters and extra drama, but I didn't think that at all!

Every character and storyline was a thread that was necessary to get to t
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
when i first saw this on goodreads, my first thought was that it sounded like sharp objects. like, kind of exactly like it. dead body in the woods, reporter unexpectedly put on the case in a small town, brings back trauma...

however, this book goes to show how different two books can be with similar premises. where they found her achieves a lot in its relatively short form. almost an epistolary novel, it introduces us to five separate storylines that all tie in together at the end: the journalist
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Kimberly McCreight is the New York Times bestselling author of several literary thrillers including RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA and A GOOD MARRIAGE. She has been nominated for an Edgar, Anthony and Alex award and her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. She attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Brooklyn, New Yo ...more

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