The Sea of Lost Girls

Morrow. Mar. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9780062852021. pap. $16.99. SUSPENSE
Tess and Harmon Henshaw are both professors at Haywood, an elite boarding school in Boston. Tess’s 17-year-old son, Rudy (from a previous relationship), is a student at Haywood and lives in a dorm on campus. When a text from Rudy comes at three o’clock in the morning, Can you come get me?, she knows something is terribly wrong. The next morning, her worst fears are confirmed when the headmaster (and her boss) informs her that student Lila, Rudy’s girlfriend, is dead. Tess will do everything to protect her son, and while the police are gathering clues, she scrambles to uncover everything she can, and is shocked to discover Rudy may not be the only person of interest. Her husband, Harmon, also had a relationship with Lila. He was helping her research a historical paper about Haywood. Secrets and lies hidden for decades now threaten to be revealed, and the truth may be more complex than anyone imagined.
VERDICT Another strong, well-plotted suspense novel from Goodman (The Lake of Dead Languages), this is recommended for psychological suspense collections. Women’s fiction aficionados may also want to give it a try. [See Prepub Alert, 8/25/19.]

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