What Has Become of You
By: Jan Elizabeth Watson
Flipping through the pages of Jan Elizabeth Watson’s latest work What Has Become of You feels like you are crawling inside the mind of Ver Lundy – english teacher, aspiring novelist and true crime junkie. Watson’s book is a unique psychological thriller combining the childhood and adult lives of the middle aged Vera Lundy who becomes wrapped up in the twisted world of one of her students, an enigmatic genius with a darkness that both captivates and repulses. This magnetic studen, Jensen Willard is like a mirror for Lundy who had a tough time with adolescence herself. There are many similarities between the creative yet sulking Willard and self conscious new teacher. As Lundy hits her stride and works to draw this intelligent and creative soul out of her mind and into the world, a killer stalks the streets of Main. The victims, young teenage girls. Their murders, terrifying and gruesome. The small town is rocked by the murders only to find Jensen Willard go missing. The spotlight shifts and Vera finds herself a person of interest as she works to solve Jensen’s disappearance and unravels more than she ever could have imagined.
Psychological thrillers are a unique read, often leaving you pensive or inquisitive. What Has Become of You is a fine example of the books within this genre, that is well worth your time. Watson takes you on a journey through the small town in Maine, through Vera Lundy’s childhood and adult lives, through the investigations by both Vera and the police, and the mind of a dark and twisted murderer who architected elaborate schemes and had everybody fooled. The quality of her writing is such that you not only empathize with the characters, but you catch yourself actually feeling and living some of their emotions – which is disquieting yet comforting at the same time. This psychological thriller is detailed and vivid, well written and beautifully crafted. What Has Become of You is a quickly developing story which maintains a fast pace throughout, ramping up a bit at the end as Vera finds herself struggling to accept the successive revelations of the investigation. It’s a good book that will whisk you away to the small towns of Maine, which quickly transform from sleepy and quaint to being packed with nervous energy and intrigue. Jan Elizabeth Watson has crafted another masterpiece which is sure to entertain readers who find themselves excited by this titillating genre.