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The Sea of Lost Girls: A Novel

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  22 reviews

In the tradition of Daphne du Maurier, Shari Lapena, and Michelle Richmond comes a new thriller from the bestselling author ofThe Lake of Dead Languages—a twisty, harrowing story set at a prestigious prep school in which one woman’s carefully hidden past might destroy her future.

Tess has worked hard to keep her past buried, where it belongs. Now she’s the wife to a

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Totally readable, with interesting made up folklore running through it, this is compelling while you are reading but almost instantly forgettable once put down. Lots of potential in the writing but it just doesn't quite hold together. It doesn't help that, bar the police detective, it's hard to find anyone to root for, with the majority of the cast being either unlikable or two-dimensional with the protagonist falling somewhere between the two.
Oct 05, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you William Morrow and Goodreads for the giveaway win! I can’t wait to read this!
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As with all of Carol Goodman's books this was amazing!
Dini Kamayana
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
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Thanks to Edelweiss, the author and the publishers for the free copy of this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars. Full RTC closer to the publication date.
Sarah Stone
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Sea of Lost Girls
By Carol Goodman


Synopsis: Tess has done everything she possibly could to keep her past hidden. She’s married to a well respected professor at a boarding school she teaches at. But her son can be a bit volatile. Tess received a text from her son in the middle of the night. Thinking nothing of it she goes and picks her son up and brings him home. He’s shaken and soaking wet. The morning after, local police discovered the body of a student and girlfriend of Tess’ son dead near
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
When Tess' teenage son Rudy calls her in the middle of the night to come pick him up, she's concerned, esp. when his clothes are drenched and he's somewhat vague about the events leading up to his call. When his friend/girlfriend Lila is found dead on the beach just a few hours later, Tess obviously becomes even more concerned, given Rudy's somewhat difficult past and moody temperament. As suspicion shifts amongst those within Lila's social circles, Tess isn't quite sure what to think. Further ...more
I enjoyed this book and it was a very quick read. This fast-paced story kept me guessing as to the identity of the killer.

The Mom had a troubled hidden past and she ran from one crisis to the next. That's where I became a bit disillusioned with the story.

Mom runs off in whichever direction the crime theory might be heading. If it looks like her son might have done it she races off to give information that could clear him. When it looks like her husband did the crime she races off to deal with
Cecily Winter
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
With its literary motifs and boarding school setting, and despite the narrative point-of-view, this story jibes more with my sense of young-adult than adult crime fiction. It's a complex weave of themes about lying and living with lies, a narrative packed with tragic legend, literature, social media, and unhappy teens in the context of inappropriate sexual contact between underage girls and adults. It's a worthy topic but Ms. Goodman doesn't go far enough to shock me with her revelations nor ...more
David V.
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started 11-18-19; finished 11-22-19. This was the 1st Carol Goodman book I've read, and I really enjoyed it. Interesting characters; tight plot with all loose ends tied up neatly (except for maybe one!); and many twists and turns in the last 25 pages which means I found myself reading faster---a sign of a good mystery book. Does keeping secrets help or hinder your life? Does revealing secrets help or hinder your life? What's the impact of revealing secrets upon yourself and upon others? How ...more
Tina Meyers
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new to me author, this book had me hooked from the beginning and I didn't want to put it down. Guarantee this is going to become a preferred author for me. The mystery and suspense woven throughout along with the twisted surprise ending kept me captured. The legacy regarding the school and students made me wonder how it would be solved. I'm looking forward to reading previous books as this was an ARC provided through Goodreads to review. You'll want to read it for sure if you are into mystery ...more
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The literary thriller that Carol Goodman has written is a stunning and suspenseful story. It’s titled ‘The Sea of Lost Girls’ and it is a goodie! The characters are realistic and you learn the worst and the best about them; their sacrifices and secrets......especially those of the main character Tess. This is a riveting mystery with satisfying twists and turns. It’s good storytelling that’s hard to put down. Some parts gave me goosebumps! Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways and William Morrow/Harper ...more
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I've read a few of Carol Goodman's books before and enjoyed them. This one was fine-- a little more angst driven than I prefer, but still a good book to cozy up with on a chilly November day. It did make me want to get up to Maine again and see that beautiful coastline once more. Someday. But I won't cross the Nine Sisters on an incoming tide.

Thank you to LibraryThing Early Reviewer program for sending this.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book free through the good reads first reads program in exchange for my Honest review. I really liked this in the beginning, it had me hooked to the point I couldn't put it down. Towards the end I started guessing what was going to happen in the end and got a little disappointed when I figured most of it out. Overall a really good book just fell a little flat towards the end there. A solid 3.8 rating rounded up.
Brittney Wilson
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! The beginning draws you in so fast. Some chapters end leaving you laughing thinking you have the plot figured out but wait! So many twist and turns throughout this book. The ending leaves you beyond satisfied but the most important part of the whole book was the lesson written throughout! Speak out for yourself and the people around you! Thank you Carol Goodman for creating this beautiful piece of art!
Simone Rauscher
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Definitely a page turner, enjoyed the setting and all of the elements that made up the story. Plot driven, and the writing was good, but I found everything lacked a bit in dimension. The characters were not explored very deeply, so when revelations were made about them, none of it really hit home. Luther and Tess were the most fleshed out, but Rudy, Harmon, Lila and Bantree felt washed over. Solid 3, good but not great for me.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Vanessa Perry
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Morgan Schulman
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thanks to edelweiss for an advanced readers copy

Wow. This book really grew on me. Wonderful New England Gothic for the #metoo era. My favorite Carol Goodman so far.
Doreen Ashbrook
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is quite enjoyable. Just when I thought I knew who the villain was, another curve ball was tossed my way. Thank you Goodreads Giveaways.
Susan Englund
This was supposedly shipped out Oct 11 , I informed you of this and still have not received my promised giveaway. Therefore I am unable to even give a review at this time
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read that draws you in from page 1. What I enjoyed most throughout the book was the private school setting in coastal Maine.
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Carol Goodman is the author of The Lake of Dead Languages, The Seduction of Water, which won the Hammett Prize, and The Widow's House, which won the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also the co-author, with her husband Lee Slonimsky, of the Watchtower fantasy trilogy. Her work has appeared in such journals as The Greensboro Review, Literal Latte, The Midwest Quarterly, and Other Voices. After ...more