- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 26mm | 280g
- Publication date: 20 June 2013
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1471111296
- ISBN 13: 9781471111297
- Sales rank: 5,620
Single mother and lawyer Kate Baron is in the meeting of her career when she is interrupted by a telephone call. Her daughter Amelia has just been suspended from her exclusive prep school. When Kate eventually arrives at Grace Hall an hour later, she is greeted by the news that no mother ever wants to hear. A grieving Kate can't accept that her daughter would kill herself. But she soon discovers she didn't know Amelia quite as well as she thought. Who are the friends she kept, what are the secrets she hid? And so begins an investigation which takes her deep into Amelia's private world - and into the mind of a troubled young girl. Then Kate receives an anonymous text: AMELIA DIDN'T JUMP. Is someone toying with her or has she been right all along? To find the truth about her daughter, Kate must now face a darker reality than she could ever have imagined.
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Kimberly McCreight attended Vassar College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School from which she graduated cum laude. Her fiction and freelance writing has appeared in many publications including the New York Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young daughters. Visit www.kimberlymccreight.com for more information.
By Ryann Dannelly 27 Apr 2014
This is a stunning debut novel that seamlessly weaves together a crime and relationship story. The writing is wonderful. McCreight effectively captures the distinct voices of Kate and Amelia.
One of the reasons why I think this book works so well is that it’s relatable to more than one generation of readers. People in the business world with children of their own can relate to Kate’s story, while teenagers invested in the online worlds of social media and texting can relate to Amelia’s story.
The twists and details uncovered throughout this mystery keep you turning the page. But just as importantly, the more heart-warming and heart-wrenching coming-of-age parts about Amelia are just as wonderfully engaging.
There are a lot of side characters in this story with extraneous plots that, in the end, weren’t related to Amelia’s plot. I loved that. It made the story more realistic, since it’s a mystery about uncovering the truth. In an real investigation, not everything ends up being directly related to the crime. It’s all about weeding though a slew of people’s testimony and lives to uncover what’s related and what isn’t.
This book leaves the reader thinking about all the right questions related to the online world. Fans of phycological thrillers like Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and of books about the modern-day online world like Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go Bernadette will be engrossed by this story.
You can check out more of my book reviews here: http://ryanndannelly.blogspot.com/
By Librarian Lavender 13 Feb 2014
I've lost quite some sleep because of this book. I couldn't even put it down to go to the toilet, let alone to go to bed. I just had to know what happened to Amelia. Even though the topic is really sad and it's something you need a good stomach for, a mother losing her only child, it's a gripping story which reads like a thriller. I felt so bad for the mother, but was also curious to what happened to her daughter at the same time. It's very well written and it remains a mystery right until the end. I liked the connection between the mother and the daughter, they are both so much alike, strong and brave, but also very naive and fiercely loyal and protective. I can only praise this book. Prepare to clear your schedule as soon as you start reading as you won't be able to stop.
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