Thursday, 4 August 2016

The Teacher by Katerina Diamond


From Goodreads

WARNING: Most definitely *not* for the faint-hearted!

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?


This is a psychological crime thriller in a class of its own.

My thoughts

I gave this a very, very solid 8/10.  My thanks to NetGalley and the Publishers for the opportunity to read this story in exchange for an honest review.

One line stands out from the Goodreads blurb.

WARNING: Most definitely *not* for the faint-hearted!  This is so true.

What a debut novel this turned out to be.  Katerina Diamond has a warped mind for sure.  From the outset of the story contained within the pages of this novel, we are met with an occurrence and they don't stop there as they subsequently become more and more grotesque.

As the body of a Devon headmaster is found hanging in the school assembly hall, it has far reaching consequences for many others.  Is it suicide or has someone been persuaded to be the victim and the whole scene orchestrated to look like a suicide?

Someone, is preying on people from their past and as each gruesome episode becomes more and more extreme, certain individuals are left reeling and wondering who will be the next victim. 

No one knows the perpetrator of these gruesome episodes and it becomes apparent that certain people have secrets in their closets, that happened in the past that they would rather remained there. 

I really don't want to spoil this book for others, this is a well written debut novel and I look forward to reading the next book by this Author.

If you read one thriller this year, seriously bear this one in mind as I doubt you'll be disappointed at all.  Enter with caution though, as it's most definitely not one for the faint hearted at all.

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