Thursday, 28 April 2016

The Teacher

The Teacher by Katerina Diamond
Published by Avon
10th March 2016
Paperback Edition

You think you know who to trust? You think you know the difference between good and evil?
You’re wrong …
The body of the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school is found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall.
Hours earlier he’d received a package, and only he could understand the silent message it conveyed. It meant the end.
As Exeter suffers a rising count of gruesome deaths, troubled DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles must solve the case and make their city safe again.
But as they’re drawn into a network of corruption, lies and exploitation, every step brings them closer to grim secrets hidden at the heart of their community.
And once they learn what’s motivating this killer, will they truly want to stop him?
I sort-of had to download this book onto my kindle as I love crime novels and I’m a teacher.  Be warned though, this is a thriller that is not for the faint hearted.  The deaths in this book would make for horrific scenes on the big screen, and they were pretty awful to read in print too.
We begin with the death of Jeffrey Stone, a headmaster at a school in Devon.  It appears to be a suicide but we, the reader, know that earlier in the day, he received a package that for him spelt out the end of his career and life.
He is to be the first in a string of deaths throughout the county of prominent men, and new partners Detectives Grey and Miles need to work out what the connection between them is, and who is responsible.
There is a nicer side to the book and that is of the relationship between taxidermist Abbey, and Parker who comes to work alongside her at the local museum.  They are both characters with flawed pasts (come to think of it, every character in this book has a flawed past) and they immediately see a connection with each other.
There have been a lot of mixed reviews for The Teacher but I think many of them are a bit harsh.  If you like graphic crime thrillers then I don’t think you’ll dislike this, and actually, I’m looking forward to seeing Detectives Grey and Miles pair up again.
Happy Reading
Miss Chapter x

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