Thursday, May 2, 2013

Book Review: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

A stunning debut novel in which a single mother reconstructs her teenaged daughter's life, sifting through her emails, texts, and social media to piece together the shocking truth about the last days of her life.

Litigation lawyer and harried single mother Kate Baron is stunned when her daughter's exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, calls with disturbing news: her intelligent, high-achieving fifteen-year-old daughter, Amelia, has been caught cheating.

Kate can't believe that Amelia, an ambitious, levelheaded girl who's never been in trouble would do something like that. But by the time she arrives at Grace Hall, Kate's faced with far more devastating news. Amelia is dead. 

Seemingly unable to cope with what she'd done, a despondent Amelia has jumped from the school's roof in an act of "spontaneous" suicide. At least that's the story Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. And overwhelmed as she is by her own guilt and shattered by grief, it is the story that Kate believes until she gets the anonymous text: 

She didn't jump.

Sifting through Amelia's emails, text messages, social media postings, and cell phone logs, Kate is determined to learn the heartbreaking truth about why Amelia was on Grace Hall's roof that day-and why she died.

Told in alternating voices, Reconstructing Amelia is a story of secrets and lies, of love and betrayal, of trusted friends and vicious bullies. It's about how well a parent ever really knows a child and how far one mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she could not save. (Goodreads)

My pace of reading has definitely slowed a bit and it took me a lot longer to read this than I thought it would especially since I loved it!  I read a quick blurb review as I was reading this and the reviewer said it would be the "next Gone Girl".  It definitely had the psychological suspense that Gone Girl had but a completely different type of story line.  I think it will appeal to the thriller lover and the literary lover. I enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed Gone Girl.

The author really nails the impact of social media has on teens to the point I don't ever want my child to be on Facebook, Tweet or text EVER. Kids are cruel and they use social media as a nasty weapon.

The story goes back and forth in time and is told from Amelia and Kate's perspectives. Some chapters are just texts, others blog posts. All in the all it was intriguing and made me anxious to find out how it was going to turn out. I did not figure much out until the very end which I like.

For a debut book, I think McCreight did a bang up job. I recommend for any reader and fan of thrillers.

Author Website:
Kimberly McCreight

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Lisa said...

Kind of got a lump in my throat as soon as I read the first paragraph of the book summary so I'm glad to hear that it really is a good as it sounds like it will be. I've already added to my book list!

Lindsey said...

This sounds like a book I would love as a reader and hate as a mom! It's scary to think of all the things that can happen to our kids, even if we are only reading fiction.