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Die letzte Wahrheit: Roman

von Kimberly McCreight

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Kate is in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter's exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter now. But Kate's stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. By then it's already too late for Amelia. And for Kate. An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that is the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn't jump. The novel 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.… (mehr)
  1. 10
    Geheimer Ort: Kriminalroman von Tana French (sarahx2012)
    sarahx2012: Similar elements of mystery, plus a focus on what teenage girls are capable of.
  2. 10
    Finstere Orte von Gillian Flynn (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These intricately plotted, fast paced and suspenseful murder mysteries feature young women struggling with dark family secrets and intense drama. Both expertly switch between past and present to slowly reveal disturbing truths.
  3. 10
    Gossip Girl 1: Ist es nicht schön, gemein zu sein? von Cecily von Ziegesar (4leschats)
    4leschats: Similar tone/use of gossip blog to convey plot actions.
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adult fiction; mystery/high school secret clubs/bullying. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I'd go 3.5 for this one. I enjoyed the beginning and progressively liked it less as it went. There we're a lot of far-fetched connections that pushed the limit of my ability to suspend disbelief.

The best part of the book for me was Amelia's POV. That kept me hanging on through all the stuff I didn't care for.

I still recommend it if you know you're going to spend some time eye rolling and sighing. I'm still happy I read it.

OH! I highly recommend going either ebook or print for this one. The audio left a lot to be desired. The narrator nearly killed it for me the longer I had to listen to her voices for most of the characters. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
This is a very intense and thrilling mystery, but prepare to be devastated. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
A grieving mother seeks the reason behind her daughter's supposed suicide. I found this book to be very disturbing on very many levels. While not familiar personally with private schools, my husband taught at one for years, and the scandals there were nothing like this. The actions of the girls in this little club are nothing less than evil, a level of evil that is surprising on many levels. More disturbing is the cover-up within the school administration. I was so bothered by all of this that the story itself was secondary. I realize that I am probably not part of the target audience for this book (I'm 60), so perhaps a younger reader would appreciate this more. ( )
  hobbitprincess | Apr 8, 2021 |
2.75*
This book was so slow! The reveals were much too drawn out and it was slightly unbelievable that a cop would bring a mother to interviews with possible suspects as well as tell her information about where text messages and emails came from, and then tell her to wait for him before going to the residence that he just gave her. But I could probably have gotten over that... the constant flipping between two different perspectives and 3 different timelines wasn't entirely necessary either - and I'm usually okay with changing timelines. It was nice when they finally lined up and offered some clarity as I was constantly having to think about where everything fit in the timeline. I shouldn't have to think this hard for a murder mystery. I overall enjoyed the big reveal at the end and didn't see it coming which I appreciate, but because this was so long, I found myself not caring by the end. I would recommend this, but I am interested to see if Kimberly McCreight's future books are better (I think this was her debut). ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
The author tells the story in flashbacks, alternating between Kate's and Amelia's point of view, leading up to the day Amelia died. Although the expensive and exclusive school comes across as a cauldron out of hell and a bit over-the-top, the book never bogs down and comes to a seamless and unanticipated conclusion... Readers will need to swallow the premise that a police homicide investigator would allow the mother of a victim to tag along on the investigation and question witnesses, but otherwise, this is a solid debut novel.
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Kate is in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter's exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter now. But Kate's stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. By then it's already too late for Amelia. And for Kate. An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that is the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn't jump. The novel 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.

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