Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Book Review: Reconstructing Amelia

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight 

Description from amazon.com:
In Reconstructing Amelia, the stunning debut novel from Kimberly McCreight, Kate's in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter—now. But Kate’s stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. By then it’s already too late for Amelia. And for Kate.
An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that’s the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn’t jump.
Reconstructing Amelia is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it’s the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn’t save.
Fans of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl will find Reconstructing Amelia just as gripping and surprising.

My review:  LOVED this book.  Could not put it down.  (Confession: last Friday it was raining outside and we had no plans, but the kids had been excited to watch a new 45 minute Jake and the Neverland Pirates special that I had DVR'd earlier in the week....I put that on after dinner, settled in on the couch and finished the book while "watching" with them.  Win-win for everyone!) I enjoyed the style the book was written in (it switched back and forth between the mom and daughter as narrators, and flipped back and forth between past and present).  I agree with the amazon review that if you liked Gone Girl, you'll enjoy this book...I actually liked it even more than Gone Girl. I'd definitely recommend this one!!


Nancy said...

Ooooohh...this sounds REALLY good! I'm putting it on my list! Thanks for the recommendation. :)

Jenn said...

I really liked this one too!

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