• Publisher: Harper (April 14, 2015)
An idyllic suburban town.
A devastating discovery.
Shocking revelations that will change three lives forever.
At the end of a long winter in well-to-do Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of a newborn is found in the woods fringing the campus of the town’s prestigious university. No one knows the identity of the baby, what ended her very short life, or how she wound up among the fallen leaves. But among the residents of Ridgedale, there is no shortage of opinions.
When freelance journalist, and recent Ridgedale transplant, Molly Anderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the disturbing news for the Ridgedale Reader—the town’s local paper—she has good reason to hesitate. A severe depression followed the loss of her own baby, and this assignment could unearth memories she has tried so hard to bury. But the history Molly uncovers is not her own. Her investigation unravels a decades-old trail of dark secrets hiding behind Ridgedale’s white picket fences.
Told from the perspectives of three Ridgedale women, Kimberly McCreight’s taut and profoundly moving novel unwinds the tangled truth behind the tragedy, revealing that these women have far more in common than they could have ever known. That the very worst crimes are committed against those we love. And that—sooner or later—the past catches up to all of us.
Each character is so well detailed that there were times (not many, but a few) where I even liked Barbara. This might not be the best way to say it, but I understood and related--on some levels--with the woman. I found Molly and Sandy to be resilient characters who weren't only relatable, but inspiring.
The story follows the discovery of a newborn infant found half buried and dead alongside a river. From here the mystery twists and turns in ways where I found myself doubting who was the suspect and who was the antagonist etc. There were plenty of red herrings but they weren't cleared beyond questionable doubt until the very end.
I've seen other reviews where people compare this to "Gone Girl," except in this book there are characters you'll actually like and believable situations that could actually happen in your town. A little chilling when I think about it that way.
I still marvel at the realism put into each individual character. The mystery was great and the writing was smooth. I highly recommend this book to mystery fans!