Novice journalist Molly Sanderson receives an early-morning call to cover the discovery of a body.
Though it's not her "beat", the usual crime reporter for The Ridgedale Reader is in the hospital. Excited about covering a real story, Molly hurries to the scene, where she learns that the body is that of a newborn girl.
Aware that this will be difficult for her, as she is still recovering from a severe depression resulting from the loss of her own baby, Molly decides that writing this story will be another step towards healing.
Meanwhile, Barbara Carlson, hearing about it from her husband Steve, chief of the Ridgedale Police, is emotionally touched as well, but her main focus is on her youngest son Cole, whose kindergarten teacher is under the (mistaken!) impression that the boy is having behavior issues.
The story alternates between the viewpoints of Molly, Barbara, and 16-year-old Sandy, who is searching for her flaky mother.
At first glance these three women have little in common, but as the story progresses we see their lives intersect in multiple and unexpected ways.
Kimberly McCreight, author of Reconstructing Amelia (Harper Perennial, 2013) has once again created a compelling and unputdownable novel that will keep readers guessing until the last page.
FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for the digital galley.