the students in Winchester University’s Logic and Reasoning
204 arrive for their first day of class, they are greeted not with
a syllabus or texts, but with a startling assignment from Professor
Williams: Find a hypothetical missing girl named Polly. If after
being given a series of clues and details the class has not found
her before the end of the term in six weeks, she will be
At first the students are as intrigued by the premise of their
puzzle as they are wary of the strange and slightly creepy
Professor Williams. But as they delve deeper into the mystery, they
begin to wonder: Is the Polly story simply a logic exercise,
designed to teach them rational thinking skills, or could it be
something more sinister and dangerous?
The mystery soon takes over the lives of three students as they
find disturbing connections between Polly and themselves.
Characters that were supposedly fictitious begin to emerge in
reality. Soon, the boundary between the classroom assignment and
the real world becomes blurred --- and the students wonder if it is
their own lives they are being asked to save.
OBEDIENCE © Copyright 2011 by Will Lavender. Reprinted with
permission by Three Rivers Press. All rights reserved.