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Reconstructing Amelia

Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)
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Summary

Do you really want to know what’s going on inside your daughter’s head? Single mother Kate Baron is in the meeting of her career when she is interrupted by a telephone call. Her daughter Amelia has just been suspended from her exclusive school. When Kate eventually arrives an hour later, she hears the news that no mother ever wants to hear.

A grieving Kate can't accept that her daughter would kill herself. But she soon discovers she didn't know Amelia quite as well as she thought. Then Kate receives an anonymous text saying simply: Amelia didn’t jump. And so begins an investigation which takes her deep into Amelia's private world, into her journals, her email account and into the mind of a troubled young girl.

©2013 Kimberly McCreight (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Like Gone Girl, this 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." ( Entertainment weekly)
"A very clever, menacing novel that will make you rightly wary of damaged teenage girls." ( Daily Mail)

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entertaining

a good story with lots of twists and turns, kept me interested until the end

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kate thought she knew Amelia, they could talk about anything, until amelila committed suicide. kate couldn't understand why Amelia could do such a thing and she not know the reason why. she desperately needs to know the reason why.
the story is told in the first person by kate and Amelia and goes back and forth in time.
both of these characters were well written to the point you felt sorry for them both. it is an emotionally charged book where secrets are revealed at the end.
an enjoyable listen.

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Every mother’s nightmare

Brilliant story and beautifully narrated. Totally believable and heartbreaking. A realistic depiction of the secret life of teenagers.

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reconstructing amelia

An excellent performance and works so well on audible with the voices of different events telling the story of what happened in the days leading up to Amelias death. A very fast paced story with some unexpected revelations about characters in the story.

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Beautifully written...

Tears will be shed whilst listening to this book. Phenomenally written and beautifully read. Kimberley McCreight is ridiculously talented at portraying raw emotion and truly making you feel a character's pain.

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worth a listen . narration ok but mother had an idly deep voice . varying narrators makes it an interesting listen. story ok. most 'twists ' rather obvious

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Not impressed

Was a hard story to keep listening. Self centred mother until it is to late. Was not impressed with the narration, the narrator wasn't really in to reading it.

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  • Gemma
  • Shipley, United Kingdom
  • 21-07-15

Plot twister

A great investigative and emotional story. Lots of twists and turns along the way that keep you guessing as to how it happened and who was responsible.

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  • Helen
  • MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
  • 17-07-15

Mildly irritating and unconvincing characters

The premise for this book grabbed me but as I listened I wasn't sure if it was actually meant for teenagers because some of the characterisation felt so trite and unconvincing. Some of the things the characters said or the way they reacted to each other seemed, to me, to be completely unrealistic and only there to create a plot. For example, that the mother gets to go along with a police officer to investigate just seems totally inappropriate... Similarly, there were unnecessary additions that were distracting, particularly the addition of an English boy who seemed to speak like he had stepped out of Downton Abbey rather than a normal high school...

Some of the narration was heartfelt but much of it made me wince with irritation. Not enough to make me stop but there were too many voices putting on too many different accents (e,g the "European accent" which was like some mock Russian) for no apparent reason except perhaps to "help" us as audiobook listeners...

I wanted to love this book but I just didn't, sorry.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-17

Amazing end twist

The plot twist at the end is totally worth the wait. Narrated very well!!Enjoyed it