A thrilling debut from a writer to watch.
Kate receives a call that her 15-year-old daughter, Amelia, has been accused of plagiarism and is being suspended from school. The school has requested that Kate pick up Amelia asap. Per usual, Kate is running late. When she finally gets to the school, it is surrounded by police cars.
According to police reports, Amelia has committed suicide by jumping off the school roof, but several weeks later she receives an anonymous text message that says Amelia did not jump. Knowing in her heart that her daughter would never commit suicide, Kate spends the rest of the novel trying to reconstruct the last days of her daughter's life.
Told through texts, e-mails and journal entries from both Kate and Amelia's point of view, the reader works alongside Kate as she uncovers the truth about what really happened.
Wow! This is a whirlwind page-turner that grabs you from page one. It is such a quick read that I devoured it in just a few hours. McCreight's writing is super-suspenseful, and there are just enough plot twists and turns to throw you off the mark. While the book is marketed as adult fiction, I think it's a great teen/adult cross over. Readers who enjoy authors like Jodi Picoult will love this book. Take this one to the beach!
I am the adult services materials selector for Worthington Libraries. When I'm not chasing after my two boys, I like to sew, read and collect recipes (but don't be fooled, I never make any of them!).