Synopsis from HarperCollins:
In the tradition of Daphne du Maurier, Shari Lapena, and Michelle Richmond comes a new thriller from the bestselling author of The Lake of Dead Languages—a twisty, harrowing story set at a prestigious prep school in which one woman’s carefully hidden past might destroy her future.
Tess has worked hard to keep her past buried, where it belongs. Now she’s the wife to a respected professor at an elite boarding school, where she also teaches. Her seventeen-year-old son, Rudy, whose dark moods and complicated behavior she’s long worried about, seems to be thriving: he has a lead role in the school play and a smart and ambitious girlfriend. Tess tries not to think about the mistakes she made eighteen years ago, and mostly, she succeeds.
And then one more morning she gets a text at 2:50 AM: it’s Rudy, asking for help. When Tess picks him up she finds him drenched and shivering, with a dark stain on his sweatshirt. Four hours later, Tess gets a phone call from the Haywood school headmistress: Lila Zeller, Rudy’s girlfriend, has been found dead on the beach, not far from where Tess found Rudy just hours before.
As the investigation into Lila’s death escalates, Tess finds her family attacked on all sides. What first seemed like a tragic accidental death is turning into something far more sinister, and not only is Tess’s son a suspect but her husband is a person of interest too. But Lila’s death isn’t the first blemish on Haywood’s record, and the more Tess learns about Haywood’s fabled history, the more she realizes that not all skeletons will stay safely locked in the closet.
About: The Sea of Lost Girls is a mystery thriller written by Carol Goodman. It will be published on 3/3/2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks, 320 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, and fiction. According to the publisher’s website, “One of the industry’s premier fiction and nonfiction publishers, William Morrow is home to bestselling and award-winning authors such as Ted Bell, Ray Bradbury, Meg Cabot, Patricia Cornwell, Deborah Crombie, etc. Founded in 1926 by American publisher William Morrow, the house celebrated its 85th birthday in 2011.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Sea of Lost Girls on 2/19/2020 and finished it on 2/23/2020. Right away I’m liking that the read is fast paced. As soon as the son was introduced and bits of him added on, my interest in him lessened. A troublemaker son would only cause trouble, nothing strange about that. Except secrets from the past slowly revealed and what I thought I knew changed course. Love the twists! Love the legends of the nine sisters and the ice story. The reminder about teacher/student relationship is good. I like the discussions on how far a mother goes protecting her son and its consequences.
This book is told in the first person point of view following Tess as she received a text from her 17 years old son, Rudy, asking her to come get him at 3am. Tess and her husband Harmon, Rudy’s stepfather, are both professors living near school on an off campus house. Rudy’s girlfriend, Lila was found dead early morning. Tess imagined her son had something to do with Lila and she prepared to reveal her hidden past. Tess attended the same high school her son now attends and where she and her husband are now teaching. The school has a sordid past where girls ended up dead and the killer was never caught.
The Sea of Lost Girls is well written. The suspense is lengthy to me with so much runaround and repeats. Tess telling her story so many times. I was getting tired of following her view. I do like the mentioned of #metoo because it goes hand in hand with reality. It’s interesting how Tess’ life seems to repeat and she didn’t realize or she must have only attracted to older men. I guess the repeats occurred because of Tess’ layers of lies but I just don’t have the patience for it.
Pro: fast paced, page turner, secrets, suspense, mystery, mother’s love,
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
Carol Goodman is the critically acclaimed author of fourteen novels, including The Lake of Dead Languages and The Seduction of Water, which won the 2003 Hammett Prize. Her books have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family, and teaches writing and literature at the New School and SUNY New Paltz. (Photo and info obtained from Harper’s website).