Title: Reconstructing Amelia
Author: Kimberly Creight
Age Group: Adult
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A fast-paced, creepy, angst-ridden thriller, I loved Reconstructing Amelia--one of the best mystery novels of the year!
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Kate Baron is a lawyer, and the mother of fifteen-year old Amelia--the light of her life. When Kate gets a call from Amelia's school, her world is shattered: her daughter has committed suicide, jumping from the roof to her death. But then Kate gets a mysterious text: Amelia didn't jump. Kate finds herself tangled in a web of lies, dark secrets, and high school politics as she races to find out what truly happened to her daughter..
What I enjoyed:
-I really enjoyed the writing style in the novel, and the narratives that ranged from Kate, Amelia, and various social networks
-The pacing of the novel--it was breakneck and yet still smooth
-I was on the edge of my seat the entire time throughout the novel--I was frantically flipping pages to see how it would end
-The frightening, too-big world that teenage girls live in nowadays, so keenly observed by Creight
-Kate, and her fierce love for her daughter, and her obsession to find out why her daughter died
-Amelia, the sweet character the novel revolves around, wanting so much to be her own person and yet still desperate to fit in--she was the character I sympathized with the most
-The twists and turns of the novel--an amazing nail-biter of a mystery--I never saw anything coming!
What could've been better:
-There was nothing I didn't love about this amazing thriller! It's one of my favorite books of the year!
I loved, loved Reconstructing Amelia--anyone looking for something to read after Gone Girl should snatch this one up! Next on deck: Backward Glass by David Lomax!