24 January 2015

Where They Found Her; Kimberly McCreight

Where They Found HerWhere They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Far too many authors have a "second novel" problem. Not McCreight! This follow-up is as good (in its own way) as Reconstructing Amelia and to my mind counts as a second even though she's written others. The small-town atmosphere works well, even though the town isn't really small, it just feels that way because so many of the characters knew each other "back when". Of course there are hidden secrets, scandals that need to be brought out into the open, and Molly, new to the area and not part of the "back then" crowd, is just the person to do it.

Her flashbacks to therapy were the one thing that really didn't work for me - they felt like a distraction. What did work was Molly's determination to prove she could be a real reporter, that she was better and making an attempt at restarting her life and career. And while I've been very cranky about the spate of multiple narrator novels recently (what is it with that device? was there a memo readers don't know about?) here it works... mostly. More than it doesn't, any way, probably because it's not a revolving door of narrators, with each getting equal time - here, each says what they need to say, when they need to say it. Which really does work!

ARC provided by publisher.

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