Reconstructing Amelia - Kimberly McCreight

Reconstructing Amelia

Artist Kimberly McCreight

  • Release Date: 2013-04-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 773 Ratings


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 Kate’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.

Fans of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl will find Reconstructing Amelia just as gripping and surprising.


  • Not my favorite

    By BPF72
    First I will say that this book held my attention and kept me wanting to find out what happened. It was not what I would consider suspenseful - just interesting...ish. I found quite a bit of the story unrealistic and then the whole plot was so disjointed. Rather than having several issues coming together for one conclusion, each separate issue had it’s own random “twist”/conclusion. It didn’t come together and I kept thinking “there is no way all of this would happen to one person”. I only paid $2 for this one but I would’ve been disappointed if I’d spent more.
  • Incredible

    By Booklovermom
    An incredible book. Must read. It's so beautifully written and a beautiful tale told through the eyes of a16 year old. So many twist and turns the best ending ever

    By ctwohillphoto
    Read this years ago, it was sooooooo good! I highly recommend :))))
  • Ordinary, not a page-turner

    By jacqhersh
    Decent story, but not one that I couldn't put down. It lacked suspense. I read out of curiosity not because it was a gripping mystery. Just ok.
  • Clever.

    By Btwsmith
    I enjoyed this novel a lot. I loved how it wasn't like every other novel. I felt deeply connected to the characters and loved it's format. Nicely done.
  • amazing!!

    By mackenziearnold97
    I'm not usually one to read, but I loved this book!! I couldn't ever put it down, there's so many good twist and turns which makes it very interesting to read. it's also very relatable to teenagers now because bullying in a huge part of teenagers lives in schools.
  • Good read!

    By Adelello
    I was nervous to read this based on some of the reviews saying it was poorly written and far fetched. But it's a book after all and I figured it should be far fetched! I couldn't put it down! I thought the story was believable and relatable... Would recommend to others!
  • Loved the book

    By Riannk
    Amazing story! I couldn't put the book down. I loved the mystery and suspense.
  • A real page turner!

    I loved this book!! So realistic, and true. Girls in high school, can sometimes be so mean. It was that way in the 60's, and still is!!
  • Reconstructing Amelia

    By kardiokim
    Sadly, a high school club of bad girls gains power over a good, smart, eager to fit in classmate. The events that unfold are heart-wrenching to watch as the club forces her to become like them. In her desperate attempt to be loved, our good girl loses on so many levels. The book is well-crafted but the story is hard to accept. As a mom of pre-teens, I'm glad to have read it and will be a more conscious watcher and listener as a result.