Sea of Lost Girls
by Goodman, Carol

A teacher with a secret past endures attacks on her family when her son is implicated in the death of his girlfriend just before she discovers her husband's involvement. By the award-winning author of The Widow's House. 25,000 first printing.

Here's another winning du Maurier-like thriller (after The Night Visitors, 2019) from New York Times best-selling author Goodman. Tess survived a harrowing past, but she has managed to keep it hidden and is now a teacher at Haywood, an elite boarding school on the coast of Maine. The school has its own troubling past, involving the disappearance of several girls. Tess' 17-year-old son, the nightmare-prone Rudy, who has always had "a nose for darkness," seems to have finally come into the light after taking up with fellow student Lila Zeller. However, when Lila is found dead on a nearby beach, Tess has every reason to suspect Rudy and goes to extreme lengths to shield him from the police. Her husband, along with the school's longtime benefactor and a disgraced former faculty member, all become persons of interest. Much social-media witch-hunting ensues, set against a school production of The Crucible, providing clever modern parallels about the damage that can be done by teenagers with big imaginations. Beautifully drawn, especially the visit to the creepy little museum devoted to Haywood's past. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

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