The Good Teacher by Rachel Sargeant
Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published December 1st 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
About the Book:
A beloved teacher is murdered and left in a ditch beside a country lane. His wife is found beaten and gagged in their suburban home. New detective Pippa Adams learns that the teacher ran a homework club for vulnerable pupils. But what did he really teach them? When Pippa scratches the surface of the school community, she meets families who’ve learned a shattering lesson. And finally uncovers the good teacher’s darkest secrets.
A man found after a vicious attack opens the book and immediately grabs hold of your heart, pulling you along for an emotional ride through the tale of a teacher's death. The characterization and heart are very well done in this story.
I found this far more emotional than I had expected. I was initially convinced I knew where this story was heading and was then shocked when I found out what had really been going on. Bit by bit, the reader is introduced not just to the private persona of the teacher and what made him tick, but also a police force at its breaking point. All the characters felt very real, so did the dialogue.
Brilliantly paced with a wonderful plot this whole thing reads like a horrifying news report. A heartbreaking, powerful and topical book, that I was glued to. An exceptional read.
Thank you NetGalley, Harper Impulse, Killer Reads and Rachel Sargeant for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.