Brooklyn author crafts narrative of psychological suspense
BrooklynBeat: Kimberly McCreight’s Second Novel ‘Where They Found Her’ Out in Paperback March 30
Brooklyn author Kimberly McCreight’s “Reconstructing Amelia” was one of those rare debut novels that caught fire with readers and critics alike. An instant New York Times bestseller and CNN.com Top Ten Reader’s Favorite, the haunting story of a mother’s search for the truth about her dead daughter was a finalist for many major honors. People Magazine called it, “a nail-biter for ‘Gone Girl’ fans.” Entertainment Weekly said that, “Like ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Reconstructing Amelia’ seamlessly marries a crime story with a relationship drama. And like ‘Gone Girl,’ it should be hailed as one of the best books of the year … A.” The novel has been acquired in 17 countries and an HBO film starring Nicole Kidman is in the works.
With her highly anticipated second novel “Where They Found Her” (HarperPerennial; out in paperback March 30), McCreight has crafted another wholly original, emotionally powerful narrative of psychological suspense. Unfolding from multiple perspectives that raise questions about the truth of the stories we are being told, the novel opens as an infant’s body is discovered in the woods near the campus of a prestigious university in a well-to-do New Jersey town. Working the story for the local paper is freelance journalist Molly Sanderson, anxious about the assignment because of the severe depression she battled after the loss of her own baby. Will her investigation send her spiraling back to that dark place?
The tangled truth about the baby’s death pulls Molly into the lives of Sandy, a high school dropout searching for her volatile mother, and PTA president Barbara, who’s struggling to cope with her young son’s sudden disturbing outbursts. Molly’s diligent reporting ultimately unearths some of the community’s darkest secrets.
Kimberly McCreight is The New York Times bestselling author of “Reconstructing Amelia,” which was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony and Alex awards. She attended Vassar College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School from which she graduated cum laude. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.