Kimberly McCreight's second novel, Where They Found Her, opens with someone getting rid of evidence. Although at first it isn't revealed what is being thrown away, it soon becomes obvious.
Someone has left a newborn baby in a small creek near a local college. Molly is asked to cover the story, and although she is still grieving the loss of her own baby who was stillborn, she eagerly takes this chance to further her career.
Several people narrate various chapters, and at first the many ways characters were connected with each other was confusing, but it is truly the way small town life works.
Sandy is searching for her mother, Jenna, who has disappeared. Jenna has never been reliable, but after Sandy checks everywhere, she decides to go to the police, risking a possible foster care placement for herself. When she tells the chief of police, Steve, her mother's name, she can tell by his reaction that there is something he isn't telling her.
Barb and Steve have two children, Cole and Hannah. Steve spends most of his time at work, while Barb raises the children. Her demanding and unhappy personality truly show through as the novel unfolds.
Meanwhile, Molly is trying to uncover who may have left a newborn in the creek.
McCreight's story has many twists and turns, and even as I thought I had things figured out, I was surprised by developments. And somehow, all the characters and pieces come together nicely and believably into a believable resolution.
This is a novel I couldn't put down, and read in just one sitting. Suspenseful, enjoyable and totally engrossing.