Welcome to my stop on The Sea of Lost Girls blog tour sponsored by TLC Book Tours! Thanks to TLC for the invitation!
Oh, I love a mystery set in prep school!
Tess has a secret past. She’s a teacher and married to a professor of a boarding school, Haywood. Her seventeen-year-old son, Rudy, has had a difficult time, but he’s adjusted and doing well. He has a girlfriend and will be in the school play.
Tess receives a text in the middle of the night. She needs to pick up Rudy, and when she does, he has a stain on his sweatshirt.
Shortly thereafter, she receives a call that Lila, Rudy’s girlfriend, has been found dead.
Soon, Rudy is a suspect, and Tess’s husband may be involved somehow too. When it all opens up, this isn’t the first time Haywood has been involved in scandal.
I loved the coastal Maine setting for this book. It added so much atmosphere. Tess was a well-drawn character, easy to relate to, complex, and fallible. The plotting was smooth and tense, and I was invested in the storyline quickly. All in all, I enjoyed my first book by Carol Goodman!
I received a gifted copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
About The Sea of Lost Girls
• Paperback: 320 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 3, 2020)
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.
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About Carol Goodman
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.
Have you read The Sea of Lost Girls, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR