The Girl on the Train meets We Need to Talk About Kevin in this sophisticated psychological thriller about a middle-school science teacher accused of murdering one of his students
Warren Botts is a disillusioned Ph.D., taking a break from his lab to teach middle-school science. Gentle, soft-spoken, and introverted, Warren befriends thirteen-year-old Amanda, a lonely student looking for a friend.
One morning, Warren returns from a jog to find Amanda dead, hanging from a tree in his backyard. A police investigation follows, but Warren is unable — or unwilling — to answer the questions that swirl around him. Suspicions mount, and Warren’s peaceful neighbours quickly become hostile.
Meanwhile, an anonymous narrator who possesses the dangerous combination of extreme intelligence and emotional detachment offers insight into events past and present. As the tension builds, we gain an intimate understanding of the power of memory, secrets, and lies.
A deliciously creepy thriller that will keep you guessing to the very last page, The Substitute is a finely crafted page-turner and a chilling look inside the mind of a psychopath.