Good Read: Reconstructing Amelia

I recently finished up Reconstructing Amelia, and I really liked it. It’s part psychological drama and part mystery, with the story centering around a mother who is “reconstructing” the life of her daughter after a terrible accident occurs. As she struggles to uncover the truth behind what happened, she discovers that she didn’t know her daughter nearly as well as she thought she did. The book was unpredictable and it kept me guessing-and I never lost interest in unraveling the mystery. In fact, as the book moved on, I felt more invested and more and more curious to “solve” the mystery.

The story is told mainly through regular prose with some texts and Facebook messages interspersed throughout. I would have thought that as a storytelling device this might be a little annoying and disruptive, but those bits actually flowed well. They weren’t long enough to feel like interruptions, so I thought it worked. I had heard this book described as Gossip Girl meets Gone Girl, and I would guess that if you liked Gone Girl you will enjoy this one!

I was also excited to hear that the book has been optioned for an HBO movie, to star Nicole Kidman as Amelia’s mother. I definitely would not have pictured Nicole Kidman as this character, so I’ll be very interested to see how she pulls it off!


  1. Hunter says: December 27, 2013

    I'm really interested in the movie with Nicole Kidman too! She played a mother with a similar story in "Rabbit Hole" in 2010 and did really good job. I wonder if she might draw some inspiration from that!


  2. Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache says: December 27, 2013

    Thanks for the recommendation! I loved Gone Girl and have been looking for similar styles to Gillian Flynn. Can't wait to pick this one up.

  3. Holly Kvinge says: December 27, 2013

    Sounds interesting!

  4. Fallon Carmichael says: December 27, 2013

    Im in the middle of this book right now and can not wait to finish it! Hoping to get some time this weekend. So far I LOVE it!

  5. Jackie-York Avenue says: December 28, 2013

    Oh, very cool! I remember hearing about that movie Rabbit Hole, I'd love to see it. I'm sure she will be great, she's so talented she can probably pull off any role!

  6. Jackie-York Avenue says: December 28, 2013

    I know, Gone Girl was so good! I was happy to find something that was equally as suspenseful (not nearly as dark and twisted though).

  7. Jackie-York Avenue says: December 28, 2013

    It definitely was, let me know if you try it!

  8. Jackie-York Avenue says: December 28, 2013

    Oh, that's so funny! You have to let me know what you think of the ending! Enjoy 🙂

  9. Hunter says: December 28, 2013

    You should definitely check it out! It is really sad, but absolutely amazing!

  10. Carla Schwartz says: December 29, 2013

    Sounds great. Have you read Where do you go Bernadette? Part mystery, part relationships and funny!

  11. Jackie-York Avenue says: December 29, 2013

    I actually bought that a few weeks ago but haven't read it yet. I've heard so many good things about it, can't wait to start it! Thank you so much for the recommendation!

  12. Kelly says: December 30, 2013

    Yay! I really need to load my Kindle up with new books. 🙂 Thanks for the rec! 🙂



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