“Like Gone Girl, it should be hailed as one of the best books of the year.” Entertainment Weekly on Reconstructing Amelia
Reconstructing Amelia is a stunning debut page-turner told in alternating voices of a daughter and mother, that unfolds the secrets and lies in the world of a teenager and tells the story of love and betrayal, trusted friends and vicious enemies—of how much a parent really knows a child . . . and how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she could not save.
When Kate, 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 over-achieving, 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:
She 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 daughter's life.
Jennifer McMahon calls Reconstructing Amelia “A heart wrenching story of secrets and betrayal.” Check out the Reading Guide and use the discussion points to help steer the conversation when you meet with your book club!