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What Has Become of You

Publisher: Dutton Publishing

What Has Become of You by Jan Elizabeth Watson tells the story of a substitute English Lit teacher striving for acceptance who becomes inextricably involved with a troubled young student at a well-to-do girls high school. Vera Lundy isn't the most successful woman in the world. She was teaching adjunct at a local community college, but left the position to take a better paying, albeit temporary position at the Wallace School, an all girls prep school whose English Literature teacher is out on maternity leave. At almost 40, she's a single woman living in a studio apartment in Dorset, Maine, barely paying the bills, but trying to write a true crime novel. The teaching gig pays the bills and hopefully helps to enlighten a few young minds along the way, so that's what she does.

Nervous about her new position, she is immediately struck by one specific student, Jensen Willard, a quiet and withdrawn girl who doesn't look like she belongs. Amidst the wealthy, polished and beautiful girls of Wallace, she seems out of place, which makes Vera want to reach out to her all the more. Jensen is quiet and resistant to interaction, that is, until Vera starts assigning journals for the girls to write after they have done their readings of Catcher in the Rye, the book they are studying. It is in these journals that Jensen begins to open up to Vera. She's troubled and quite the loner, but highly intelligent. She reveals things to Vera that are at once shocking, but also interesting, as Vera herself is a bit obsessed with true crime.

With the Dean's young niece having recently been murdered, there's a lot of talk about death and murder going on in Dorset, but then one of Vera's own students turns up dead and Vera gets a sense of deja vu. After all, when she was a teenager, a local murder in her hometown fostered the seedlings of her own obsession with serial killers. As she reads Jensen's journals, she knows the girl is reaching out, but to what end? At what point does Vera stop being Jensen's audience and get involved, if only for the girl's own safety?

What Has Become of You is an interesting yarn, but I felt a little let down by the ending. It wrapped up well enough, but I felt it lacked the punch I was expecting, almost as if another book is planned. It was a little predictable at times, but had enough twists and differences such that I didn't know exactly what was going on, which is a good thing. Watson is a competent writer and her characters were relatable, the book just didn't keep me on the edge of my seat much as I would have liked.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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