Parent Teacher Association is, as the cover states, a “Novel of Suspense” which it very much is. The female protagonist is Lizanne Demeter, a young teacher looking for a second chance in life. She finds herself reborn, recently released from a mental institution to which she was committed after a foolish suicide attempt due to a failed romance. On a new wonder-drug for depression called Zedorn, she feels that her traumatic past is behind her and she wants to move on and start teaching children again.
The novel opens with her applying for a teaching position in Splinter Wood, Pennsylvania, a town far from Pittsburg and her past. However, all is not right in Splinter Wood. There have been suspicious deaths of two of the school’s children over the past two years. Lizanne also finds that a serial killer on death row, James Adolph Rootham and head of the “Tribe of James,” had his evil enclave just outside of town. Then there is Naomi Seabrook, an extreme helicopter parent who hovers around her son Sebastian, a boy who happens to be in Lizanne’s class. Naomi inserts herself as a volunteer teacher’s aide and is bold about making suggestions to Lizanne about how to run her classroom for Sebastian’s benefit. Unfortunately, Sebastian is a less than ideal student and suffers psychologically from Naomi’s suffocating parenting style. Then, another child dies, dropping at Lizanne’s feet from a schoolyard tree during recess.