The Sea of Lost Girls

The Sea of Lost Girls

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"Tess has worked hard to keep her past buried, where it belongs. Now sheђ́ةs 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 sheђ́ةs 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: it́ђةs 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, Rudyђ́ةs girlfriend, has been found dead on the beach, not far from where Tess found Rudy just hours before. As the investigation into Lilaђ́ةs 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 Tessђ́ةs son a suspect but her husband is a person of interest too. But Lilaђ́ةs death isnђ́ةt the first blemish on Haywoodђ́ةs record, and the more Tess learns about Haywoodђ́ةs fabled history, the more she realizes that not all skeletons will stay safely locked in the closet" --
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062979636
Branch Call Number: FICTION GOODMAN
Characteristics: 294, 16 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 05, 2021

I really liked Goodman's books "The Lake of Dead Languages" and "Arcadia Falls". On this basis I selected this title. I am a little tired of books with the theme of secret pasts and when the protagonist interferes to "protect" the loved one they believed committed the murder. I was disappointed. Kristi & Abby Tabby

ChinesaR_KCMO Feb 06, 2021

The Sea of Lost Girls is a tale of secrets, lies, and local legends. Any mystery lover will be a huge fan of this novel by Carol Goodman. We are treated to a story that incorporates multiple mysteries that unravel at varying speeds over the course of the novel. Without giving anything away, the book has plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes with a suspenseful atmosphere throughout. Even the most seasoned mystery reader will struggle to predict the ending.
Our opinion of Tess as a narrator definitely changes throughout the novel – if she is lying to everyone she holds dear, how can we expect her to be truthful to us? This adds to the suspenseful feeling that only becomes more frantic as the story unfolds and more lies are uncovered. I found myself staying up way too late just to see if my predictions were right (they were way off base).
I enjoyed this book a lot. I read through it super quickly and found myself completely engaged in the plot. The way it is written keeps readers completely engrossed, waiting for the next secret to be revealed and the next clue to fall. The Sea of Lost Girls is a complex thriller that is the perfect combination of complicated characters, multi-layered subplots, and unpredictable twists. You will be on edge until the final page, and the resolution will stay with you even after you close the cover.


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