Collected cover blurbs for What Has Become of You

“A precocious teenager. A teacher who can’t quite grow up. What Has Become of You is a suspenseful and tightly plotted thriller, filled with vivid and memorable characters, each with her own compelling voice.”

Alafair Burke,
author of
If You Were Here, Long Gone, and the Ellie Hatcher series


“What has Become of You could be used as a manual for teachers of adolescents: beware of the dangers of overwork, of identity loss, of the mistrust of authority. Jan Elizabeth Watson, our poet of the macabre, has written a moving, page-turning, and ultimately terrifying account of a few months in a great teacher’s life. I’ll never trust a teenager again!”

Bill Roorbach,
author of
Life Among Giants and The Remedy for Love


“It takes a lot to creep me out–I spent my youth reading Stephen King under the covers–but Jan Elizabeth Watson has more than succeeded in this gripping literary thriller. Part gloss on The Catcher in the Rye, part millennial The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, What Has Become of You is that rare beast: a page-turner that asks dark, difficult questions about the state of contemporary American society.”

Joanna Smith Rakoff,
author of
A Fortunate Age


“The power of What Has Become of You sneaks up on you, until you are turning the pages compulsively. Give yourself over to it. You’re in the hands of an expert.”

Rebecca Goldstein,
author of The Mind-Body Problem and Thirty-Six Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction


“A thriller that is both smart and daring. My advice, readers: Strap on your seatbelts, and remember to lean into the curves. What Has Become of You is one heck of a ride.”

Adam Braver,
author of November 22, 1963 and Mr. Lincoln’s Wars


“What Has Become of You is a gripping psychological exploration of the teacher-student relationship, and a very scary mystery, too. This is a satisfying and rewarding novel, and an important one, by a very skilled storyteller.”

Laura Kasischke,
author of
Mind of Winter and The Raising


“A thrilling, yet thoughtful look at the violence, both emotional and physical, that haunts the lives of teenage girls. She captures the desires and rage of the high school students and their seemingly prim teacher in a story that’s suspenseful, insightful and often very witty… The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie meets Mean Girls.”

Rebecca Godfrey,
author of The Torn Skirt and Under the Bridge


“With a delicate touch and a quiet confidence, Jan Elizabeth Watson delivers a suspenseful and intricately drawn tale of a small New England town. Her characters will haunt readers long after the last page is turned.”

Lori Roy,
winner of the Edgar Award for Bent Road and finalist for Until She Comes Home Free