Reconstructing Amelia

Reconstructing Amelia - Kimberly McCreight Kate Baron is a successful professional and a single mom. During a meeting she is interrupted by a telephone call that will change her life forever. Her daughter, supposedly safely at school, has committed suicide. Shutting herself off from everyone and everything while she grieves her daughter Kat receives an anonymous text message saying that her daughter did not kill herself. Going through emails and text messages Kate begins to understand that she did not really know as much about Amelia as she always thought she did. But did she or didn’t she jump off that roof?

This book flips back and forth in time – as Kate begins to reconstruct Amelia’s life through electronic trails every time she comes across new tidbit the narrative voice changes to that of Amelia telling the actual events of that very scenario in her life. Events and conversations that Kate could have no way of knowing first hand. At first it was a little confusing, but the rhythm of the story soon smoothed out. Lots of twists and turns and surprises made this a very interesting book to read. Although I knew it was building to some kind of crescendo, when the actual facts about Amelia’s death is revealed I was surprised. Always the mark of a good book. I particularly enjoyed the believable mother/daughter relationship between Kate and Amelia, complete with the ups and downs that come with raising a teenager.

This is an excellent first novel by Ms. McCreight.