By Kimberly McCreight
5 out of 5 stars
Molly Sanderson is trying to get her life back on the right track after losing her baby. It took a deep toll on her and she is trying hard to focus on being a good wife, mother to her daughter Ella and working on the Ridgedale Reader, her town’s local paper. She mostly does light stories but with the main reporter out of town, her boss asks her to cover the finding of a body by the river. The body is that of a baby girl. Molly forges her way through the story uncovering more than she bargains for.
As she works on the story and her life, we learn more about others in the town. Sandy is desperate. She cannot find her mother Jenna and they are being evicted from their apartment. Jenna has always been flighty, an addict, but she’s always come home. Jenna has history in Ridgedale. Sandy is dating Aidan, who’s mom Stella is friends with Molly. She is labeled the drama queen and is very unliked by Barbara, who is the wife of the police chief. They both have a deep history with the town and with Jenna. Their daughter Hannah has been tutoring Sandy and she is keeping a deep secret of her own. Their son Cole is suddenly acting out in strange ways.
There is so much going on in this story! There was just the perfect amount of red herrings thrown in to make you think it was this person or this person. The back story about Jenna and her school friends had me trying to figure out who was who through the whole book. I thought I had things figured out but guess what? I didn’t. I figured just the right amount but not enough to spoil the reading for me. I have read all three of Kimberly’s books and while I enjoyed all of them very much, this is by far my favorite. I couldn’t put it down and I am glad that I couldn’t.