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The Good Teacher: An absolutely gripping whodunit full of twists Kindle Edition
Some people deserve to be taught a lesson…
A gripping detective mystery with a shocking twist, from the Top Ten Kindle bestselling author of The Perfect Neighbours. This riveting story about a murdered teacher is perfect for fans of Faith Martin and L. J. Ross.
Even the good have to die.
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.
Even the best schools have secrets.
New detective Pippa Adams learns that the teacher ran a homework club for vulnerable pupils. But what did he really teach them?
Even the perfect family has something to hide.
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…
Previously published as LONG TIME WAITING, now fully updated.
Praise for The Good Teacher:
A great police based thriller with a good bit of humour, engaging characters as well as a serious subject at its heart’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews
‘One hell of an addictive read … 5* out of 5*’ The Ginger Book Geek
‘Addictive, intriguing and really had me flipping the pages as fast I could’ A Daydreamer’s Thoughts
‘A smashing book and very well worth reading’ Linda’s Book Bag
I'd recommend The Good Teacher to anybody who enjoys well-plotted crime novels with a domestic drama feel to them’ Hair Past A Freckle
‘One of those read in one sitting page turners with engaging characters and a good twisty plot’ Liz Loves Books
I’t's a fun, scream through-in-an-afternoon type of book’ Reader’s Retreat
‘Rachel Sargeant is the newest author to be added to my list of automatic must reads’ Murder and Moore
‘I liked Pippa and her team. The rivalries, the jokes and the loyalties were all convincing’ Steph’s Book Blog
Praise for Rachel Sargeant:
‘Dark, claustrophobic and suffused with a creeping sense of menace, The Perfect Neighbours builds to a shocking climax. I thoroughly enjoyed it’ Alex Lake, bestselling author of After Anna
‘An escalating sense of foreboding … Sargeant certainly makes the plot twists almost impossible to second guess, but for the merest passing details, keeping the reader turning the page’ Lincolnshire Life
‘An original, gripping thriller that is both unnerving and shocking in equal measure. I was immediately drawn into the strange, claustrophobic neighbourhood and Rachel Sargeant creates a thrilling sense of foreboding throughout’ Phoebe Morgan, author of The Doll House
‘A gripping tale of dark secrets and domestic lies’ Sam Hepburn, author of Her Perfect Life
‘Builds from a creeping sense of unease to a jaw-dropping climax and a denouement I defy anyone to see coming’ Chris Curran, author of Her Deadly Secret--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Rachel Sargeant grew up in Lincolnshire. She is a previous winner of Writing Magazine’s Crime Short Story competition and has been placed or shortlisted in various competitions, including the Bristol Short Story Prize. Her stories have appeared in My Weekly and the Accent Press Saucy Shorts series. Rachel has a degree in German and a Masters in Creative Writing. She spent several years living in Germany where she taught English and she now lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and children.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07GJB38F3
- Publisher : One More Chapter (December 14, 2018)
- Publication date : December 14, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 801 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 257 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #840,171 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sargeant starts off with the intriguing description of a woman handcuffed to a chair. This first paragraph is definitely a hook. Who is she and why is she handcuffed? And who has handcuffed her? The next paragraph finds a man cycling on a country road. Before the first chapter closes the cyclist finds an abandoned car and a dead body in a ditch, and the woman, Gaby, is rescued by the police.
It’s in chapter two the reader is introduced to the best character in the book, Pippa Adams, the new DC at Penbury Police HQ. Pippa has a fascinating history I will leave readers to discover on their own. Partnered with DS Matthews she is soon on her way to investigate the happenings at the home of Gaby Brock, wife to the late teacher, Carl Brock. As the details of the crime are revealed, Sargeant tosses out clues that are far from obvious at first glance.
As Pippa, nicknamed “Agatha” in honor of Agatha Christie by the experienced detectives, suffers the practical jokes and teasing of her new co-workers she begins to put clues together. Hints about her past are given throughout and her character is beautifully fleshed out. I found myself rooting for her from initial appearance.
Sargeant has created a story with good descriptions of British police procedures. While Pippa’s introduction and integration into the detective squad is predictable, it is also relatable. Her partner, DS Matthews may resent being stuck with the newbie, but he develops a grudging respect for her. The hard-nosed DI Bagley is the female head of the department and it is apparent she is not certain she can hold on to her title. She barks orders like a drill sergeant and puts pressure on her squad to solve the mysterious murder of the popular teacher.
At times the book seems almost like an outline for a story. Other than Pippa, I had to struggle to remember the names and roles of the other characters. The story is interesting and had a lot of potential in the first couple of chapters. After that it seemed to drag on. There are drug dealers, gangsters, stereo-typical criminals, and badly-behaved teens who struggle to keep the story moving. They seem extraneous much of the time. Their characters never bloom. It did have a nice twist in the end, although I figured it out early on.
If you’re looking for a quick, easy read, you might enjoy this book. If you're looking for a knock your socks off detective story, keep looking. I would like to see Pippa show up in a future book and would even purchase it just to see her show her co-workers she has more on the ball than they realize.
Top reviews from other countries
The central character was quite unusual, Pippa, a newly promoted CID officer was not your usual hard bitten, tough talking police woman. Instead, she is written as a pleasant, overly empathic person. She also has a vulnerable side, curbing her posh accent and dropping her double barrelled name to avoid the unpleasant teasing in her new role. Pippa also has a traumatic event in her background which is never revealed, but heavily alluded to.
Pippa seems out of place among her generally unlikeable colleagues and her detection methods often raise an eyebrow or two. I wouldn’t say she was unbelievable as a character but I’m not convinced she would have lasted very long in a real setting.
The plot centres around a much respected, revered teacher, killed in what looks like an act of violence against a man standing up for his principles. However, as the plot unfolds, a different character is revealed.
I found the book high on description but not a great deal seemed to actually happen. The book also seemed at times to be more about Pippa than the actual plot in places. The ending was a bit obvious and not a huge surprise. However, doubt was cast even at the end on the killer’s motive, which saved the story, for me.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read and a refreshing central character.