Every once in a while, it’s nice to read a standalone novel that can hold its ground among all the series out there. Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight not only held its ground, but it managed to hold my attention, despite the subject matter not being what I am used to. However, I think that the book, while a decent read, could have done more in the suspense and thriller department and cut out some of the endless exposition.
Where They Found Her takes place in the small college town of Ridgedale, New Jersey, where freelance journalist Molly Anderson tries to move past a miscarriage that rocked not only her marriage, but her inner core. When Molly is assigned a homicide with the body being that of a female infant, she is forced to dig up her own past and the dirty secrets of the small town surrounding her.
The story jumps between a lot of different viewpoints. I centered on Molly, because for me, she seemed the most interesting. Also, Molly’s portion of the story always moved the plot along, unlike some of the other women’s viewpoints. While the multiple viewpoints method can work, I felt that in this situation, it left the reader a little overwhelmed. All the stories tied together and it was a little hard to keep them straight.
I did enjoy how McCreight wove a solid plot between her characters; I just wish the story itself didn’t take so long to get going. It took a good third of the book for me to get really interested in the novel. While the baby was found early on in the story, I didn’t feel a real connection to the characters and plot until much later in the book. While I liked the occasional twists the novel had to offer, I thought it was lacking in the suspense and thriller aspect that could really grab a reader.
All-in-all, Where They Found Her was a solid read. While the story took a while to rev up, I thought the ends justified the means. I would have liked to see less characters and exposition and more action. I think this would have sold the novel from the beginning for me. That being said, I can recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for a decent stand alone. Just be prepared for a longer read than usual.
Sarah Emily Lelonek has a BA in English Literature from Kent State University. She is currently enrolled at Tiffin University in their Master’s of Education program. She enjoys traveling and gaming while on breaks from working on her novel.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperCollins Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.