Reconstructing Amelia A Novel Author:Kimberly McCreight In Reconstructing Amelia, the stunning debut novel from Kimberly McCreight, Kate's in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter?s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter?now. But Kat... more »e?s stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. By then it?s already too late for Amelia. And for Kate. An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that?s the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn?t jump. Reconstructing Amelia is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it?s the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn?t save.« less
This was a selection for my book club and I went into it with zero expectations, which was probably good. It was a fast easy read. The story moved along quickly and it kept me hooked, wondering what would happen next but in general I didn't like it. I didn't find any of the characters likable and I didn't really care what happened to them. In the end, no one seemed to suffer the repercussions of their actions. I'd recommend it if you like a quick mystery but not if you're looking for a deep story or well written novel.
From the blurbs I thought this might be a good tale of love and loss, but what I found was merely dark and depressing. The plot was haphazard, riddled with coincidences and tortuous manipulations, kind of a soap opera with literary aspirations. The people are what one would expect in such a story; the adults, especially, were clueless and self-centered, and not at all believable. It all led to a predictable, unsatisfying conclusion.