What Has Become of You by Jan Elizabeth Watson (available at Manchester District Library)
This is a taut, disturbing literary thriller about a dysfunctional teacher-student relationship.
Vera Lundy is a socially awkward substitute English teacher at an exclusive girls’ school in Maine who identifies a bit too closely (and perhaps unwisely) with one of her students. When a series of murders and disappearances of young girls starts happening in the town, she falls under suspicion.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I was drawn in from the first chapter and the action moves along so briskly—while keeping the questions coming constantly—that I had a hard time putting it down, even to sleep, and finished it in two days. The plot is smart and the characters are well-developed and believably drawn, to the point that I wanted to give them advice and I found myself physically cringing when they made bad decisions (and they made a lot of bad decisions). The ending was creepy and surprising yet still believable.