Every teenager has a secret life that is kept away from their parents and very teenage girl lives a part of their lives as a complete mystery to her mother. These are truths which Kate Baron has just come to grips with, and in a most horrifying way.
In the midst of an important meeting, Kate receives a call from Grace Hall, the exclusive private school her daughter Amelia attends. The school informs Kate that she must come to the school immediately; Amelia has been suspended, having been caught cheating. As Kate tries to fathom how her well-behaved daughter could have done such a thing, the news goes from bad to worse. She arrives at Grace Hall to see police cars and ambulances and to hear the dreadful news: Amelia has jumped from the school's roof, committing suicide.
Grace Hall tells her that this is a tragic case of "an academic overachiever distraught about getting caught cheating jumped to her death." But as she tries to sort this information out, she receives an anonymous text claiming that her daughter didn't jump to her death. Somehow, through motherly instinct, Kate knows that this is the truth and that she now must delve into the secret life of her daughter, to reconstruct the truth and to vindicate the memory of the girl she couldn't save.
Reconstructing Amelia is Kimberly McCreight's debut novel. McCreight, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's law school, spent several years as a litigation associate at some of New York's largest law firms before she left to write full-time. Because of the powerful writing and subject of her debut novel, Entertainment Weekly calls McCreight one of "13 to Watch in 2013." She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and two daughters.
When Kate, a single mother and law firm partner, gets an urgent
phone call summoning her to her daughter’s exclusive private school, she’s
shocked. Amelia has been suspended for cheating—something that would be
completely out of character for her overachieving, well-behaved daughter.
Kate rushes to Grace Hall, but what she finds when she
finally arrives is beyond comprehension.
Her daughter Amelia is dead.
Despondent over having been caught cheating, Amelia has
jumped from the school’s roof in an act of impulsive suicide. At least that’s
the story Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. In a state of shock and overcome
by grief, Kate tries to come to grips with this life-shattering news. Then she
gets an anonymous text:
Amelia didn’t jump.
The moment she sees that message, Kate knows in her heart it’s
true. Clearly Amelia had secrets—and a life Kate knew nothing about. Wracked
by guilt, Kate is determined to find out what those secrets were and who could
have hated her daughter enough to kill. She searches through Amelia’s e-mails,
texts, and Facebook updates, piecing together the last troubled days of her
is a stunning debut page-turner that brilliantly explores the secret world of
teenagers, their clandestine first loves, hidden friendships, and the dangerous
cruelty that can spill over into acts of terrible betrayal. Download and start listening now!