- New York Times, USA Today and ABA Bestseller
- Target Book Club Selection
- Indigo BookStore Book Club Selection
- BAM Book Club Selection
- Edgar Nominee, Best Mystery Debut 2014
- Alex Award Nominee, 2014
- Entertainment Weekly's Bullseye, "Favorite Book of the Year"
- Finalist, Goodreads Best Mystery of the Year
- CNN's Top Ten Reader Favorite 2013
- Huffington Post Canada Best Book of the Year
- "Just finished a fantastic novel—Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. So. Well. Done. If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll love this too."
— Jodi Picoult
- "Gossip Girl meets Gone Girl."
— Entertainment Weekly, "Summer Must" List
- Wow! I was pulled in after reading the first page.... It's sort of a thriller/prep school teen drama that is full of secrets.
— People.com Staff Pick
- "Like Gone Girl, Reconstructing Amelia seamlessly marries a crime story with a relationship drama. And like Gone Girl, it should be hailed as one of the best books of the year....In her debut novel, Kimberly McCreight spins a riveting narrative that somehow delivers thoughtful commentary on working-mom guilt, bullying, police corruption, and Gossip Girl. Every single twist in Reconstructing Amelia is clever, and rightfully earned."
— Entertainment Weekly, Grade A Review
- "We love a powerful debut, and this is just that.... It's Mean Girls meets The Secret History meets the cyberbullying case of Amanda Todd -- and it's unputdownable."
— Daily Candy
- "A mystery with enough red herring to stock Lake Michigan."
— New York Times
- "Reconstructing Amelia is a clever, scary mean-girls tale."
— USA Today
- "Reconstructing Amelia will keep you hooked till the last page."
- "Alternating perspectives from Kate and Amelia reveal the inner lives of a woman trying to balance motherhood with a demanding career and a teenager struggling with her blossoming sexuality while dealing with severe bullying . . .this is a compulsively readable novel that will appeal to Jodi Picoult fans."
— Library Journal
- "McCreight's haunting debut will stay with you long after you are done reading. The main characters feel relatable and it is easy to feel sympathy for their situation. Even though the ending is known right away, you'll hope against hope for a happily ever after for the characters that you've become so invested in. This fantastic book whets your appetite for more from McCreight."
— RT Book Reviews (April Top Pick)
- "Vivid, disturbing and timely, McCreight's novel explores the world of cyber bullying and the devastating impact it has on one young girl's life. Chilling and suspenseful, with a knockout ending you won't see coming, this is the kind of book you'll be pressing into everyone's hands.
— Caroline Leavitt, New York Times - bestselling author of Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow
- "In this heart-wrenching story of secrets and betrayal, Amelia's mother, Kate, is taken places no parent should ever have to go as she tries to piece together the truth about her daughter's tragic death. McCreight captures the complexities, cruelty, and angst of teenage girls so well my stomach was in knots. What really happened to Amelia? You’ll find yourself staying up all night to find out."
— Jennifer McMahon, New York Times - bestselling author of Island of Lost Girls
- "Reconstructing Amelia is a brilliantly plotted and beautifully written literary suspense, as enthralling as it is moving. With remarkable insight and sensitivity, McCreight explores the complexities of what it means to be both a mother and a daughter in this confusing, often terrifying age of social media and, in the process, tells a riveting, unforgettable story."
— Andrew Porter, Flannery O'Connor Award-winning author of The Theory of Light and Matter and In Between Days
- "Fast-paced and suspenseful.... a page-turning mystery and thriller will appeal to fans of Jodi Picoult."
— School Library Journal
- "An elaborately plotted mystery. . . . A harrowing story. . . .McCreight does a fine job of building suspense and creating characters, notably Kate and Amelia, whom the target audience—both adults and older teens—will care about and empathize with."
- "The real story of Amelia's life and death emerges slowly, through a creative blend of Kate's present, Amelia's past, and such varied communication methods as texts, e-mails, blog entries, and Facebook status updates. . . . McCreight portrays the darkness of adolescence, complete with doomed love, bullies, poisonous friendship, and insecurity. Fans of literary thrillers will enjoy the novel's dark mood and clever form."
— Publishers Weekly
- "Kimberly McCreight has written a gripping mystery that moves as swiftly as a luge ride under its heavy topical weight. Tackling a thorny issue of school bullying head-on, Reconstructing Amelia entertains even as it explores the hardest kind of death to accept—the death of a child."
— Emily Raboteau, author of The Professor's Daughter and Searching For Zion
- "A multilayered legal thriller . . . Comes to a seamless and unanticipated conclusion."
— Kirkus Reviews
- "McCreight combines a poignant, pulled-from-the-headlines story with
writing sanctified by Antietam Review and Oxford magazine,"
— Library Journal
- "Kimberly McCreight has crafted a heartrending and intricate novel that explores the turmoil of adolescence. Reconstructing Amelia is so riveting that I read it in one sitting."
— Masha Hamilton, author of 31 Hours and The Camel Bookmobile
- "Why She'll Be Big: HarperCollins' bold decision to lead its spring lineup with Reconstructing Amelia speaks volumes about the publishing house's confidence in McCreight. The litigator-turned-short story writer unveils her first novel April 2. In it, she draws from her own experience as a Brooklyn parent to examine how far a mother will go to cling to the image of her lost daughter."
— Lanford Beard on including Kimberly in Entertainment Weekly's 13 to Watch in 2013 List
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.
"I loved Kate...I loved Amelia. I loved the way Amelia loved books and looked out for her friends. I loved the plotting. I loved the pace. I even loved the sad parts."
Sarah Cofer (Goodreads):
"Definite page-turner. Devoured this book in just a few hours. The writing is suspenseful and there are enough twists and turns to throw you off the mark. Definitely think high school teens would like this book. Similar to authors like Jodi Picoult."
Stacie Vaughn (Goodreads):
"I savored every page and was sad to see it end. If there's only one book you read this year, let it be Reconstructing Amelia."
Nitty's Mom: (AmazonVine):
"Reconstructing Amelia" is reminiscent of Donna Tartt's "The Secret History". It tackles very relevant subjects such as emotional bullying, teen-age isolation, autism, and sexuality. Amelia was a believable and likable teen-ager. Kate's guilt and regret were palpable as she slowly begins to uncover the many facets she did not know of her daughters life.
"Kimberly McCreight's engrossing debut novel Reconstructing Amelia takes on the hidden life of a teenager. . . Reconstructing Amelia will appeal to readers who enjoy Jodi Picoult's novels or William Landay's recent bestseller Defending Jacob. This would also be a great book club selection."
"McCreight addresses a lot of very timely issues, not just suicide. I won't spoil it by listing them, but this is a must-read for parents of teenagers.
Twisty J (Goodreads):
"What an amazing debut story. It is both haunting and gripping, and will keep you wondering even after it is over."
Audrey Gibbons (Goodreads):
"I cannot stop thinking about this book! Amazing!"