book review

Where They Found Her

I’m not normally a huge crime thriller fan. Slow burns can annoy me and I have a terrible habit of sneaking a peek at the ending since waiting isn’t my strong suit. But I heard wonderful things about Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight and decided to give it a shot.

(Trigger warning: this book touches upon off-page rape and infanticide. Nothing is graphic.)

  • Genre: Crime Thriller
  • Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Molly is a recent NJ transplant, having followed her professor husband from NYC after a tragedy. While her young daughter is in school, she works as a local reporter, usually covering puff pieces. But when the body of a newborn is found on the outskirts of a university, and no one else can take the case, her job, and her life, becomes more complicated than she ever imagined.

Barbara’s motto is happy, not perfect. Although she finds it hard to not work her fingers to the bone to keep up with the facade of being perfect. The perfect wife of the police chief. The perfect mother to her children. The perfect neighbor, friend, daughter, she tried to keep her life flawless in the eyes of everyone who knew her. But when cracks appear on the surface, she may fall apart.

Sandy’s a teen who hasn’t had an easy life. She dreams of a better future, but feels it’s out of reach while she’s hiding money so her irresponsible mother doesn’t spend it on drugs. When she finally tries to go for her GED, she thinks there’s light at the end of the tunnel. But when her mom goes missing, only a peak into the past might be able to help.

A missing woman, a list of victims, a dead baby, and decades of secrets collide in the picture perfect town of Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Wow. I didn’t know if I’d like this book, but I was hooked from page one. From hiding the evidence to a mysterious package to a series of links holding a collection of unforgettable characters together, it was the perfect storm. Maybe my adversity to crime novels was having them be usually narrated by men, making them personally difficult to relate to. Having three women narrate was a choice I have to applaud McCreight for. I could see myself in Molly’s struggle as a mother, Barbara’s eagerness to stay “perfect,” and Sandy’s willingness to try to keep everyone afloat.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my leap into crime thrillers in a way I hadn’t in some time. If you’re new to the genre, unsure if you’d enjoy it, or just want to really go for a wild ride, pick up a copy of Where They Found Her.

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