What if a teacher’s most promising pupil is also her most dangerous?
What Has Become of You follows Vera Lundy, an aspiring crime writer and master of self deprecation who, like many adults, has survived adolescence but hasn’t entirely overcome it. When she agrees to fill in for a private school English teacher on maternity leave, teaching The Catcher in the Rye to privileged girls, Vera feels in over her head. The students are on edge, to, due to the recent murder of a local girl close to their age.
Enter Jensen Willard. At fifteen she’s already a gifted writer but also self destructive and eerily reminiscent of Vera’s younger self. As the two outcasts forge a tentative bond, a sense of menace enfolds their small New England town. When another student, new to the country, is imperiled by her beliefs, Vera finds herself in the vortex of danger — and suspicion.
What Has Become of You is a poignant page turner, populated with beguiling characters and tautly crafted twists and turns that keeps readers guessing until the very last page.
Available May 1, 2014
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