At the end of a long winter, in bucolic Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town’s prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is, or how her body ended up out there. But there is no shortage of opinions.
When freelance journalist, and recent Ridgedale transplant, Molly Anderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the story for the Ridegdale Reader, it’s a risk, given the severe depression that followed the loss of her own baby. But the bigger threat comes when Molly unearths some of Ridgedale’s darkest secrets, including a string of unreported sexual assaults that goes back twenty years.
Meanwhile, Sandy, a high school dropout, searches for her volatile and now missing mother, and PTA president Barbara struggles to help her young son, who’s suddenly having disturbing outbursts.
In this book, we follow multiple points of view after the discovery of a body near a creek. As the investigation goes on the history of the town starts to come out and each citizen has their own secrets to hide.
I really liked this book because I was convinced I knew what was happening and who the killer was but I could not have been more wrong. All of the twists and turns really made this a great book for me.
I found Molly, quite realistic in her suffering that was described after losing her baby. I also really liked her as a character, I found her relatable, it was obvious she was nervous doing the job of investigating the murder especially with the loss of her child.
Sandy, on the other hand, is searching for her mother all the while trying to finish high school. She knows her mother is volatile and sometimes just disappears for a day or two but not without contacting Sandy.
This book tackles some really serious topics and in my opinion, handles them very well. I would have liked some more follow-up on Hannah after everything is said and done.