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The Good Teacher

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I would firstly like to thank Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. 

While this read was a definitive page-turner with it's gritty details and intriguing story, unfortunately I just didn't enjoy this one as much as the author's first read, 'The Perfect Neighbours'. 
I found myself liking the Detective/Police side of things rather then the actual murder case. However, the ending was brilliantly written and very unexpected. 
Overall, a book that I did enjoy but had it's flaws. 
Now reading Rachel's latest read so hopefully it's good.
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This book was fast paced. Hard to put down. It flowed well and it was very well written. It caught hold of me and had me hooked from the start . I was literally on the edge of my seat reading this book.
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A thrilling read which kept me turning the pages, characters you care for and just brilliantly written.  Great novel!!
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Really enjoyed this book and will definitely look out for more from the author. I found the plot gripping and intriguing and enjoyed the characters. I didn't guess the culprit and was quite surprised when it was revealed. An easy writing style that draws you in.
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A great mystery!  A beloved teacher gets murdered.  Full of twists and turns to keep readers engaged and interested.  Definitely worth a read!
Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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I received this via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I loved it guys. This book was just what I wanted It to be. The world building dark and fun. The characters were very well flushed out. I loved the plot of this. I can not wait to read more by this author. I highly recommend this book.
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The action starts from page one and doesn’t let up. A woman wakes up to find herself gagged and bound to a chair in her own home. Her assailants are nowhere to be scene, but there’s an urgency to escape in case they come back. There aren’t a lot of details for the reader at first but eventually it comes out that her husband, a local teacher, has been found murdered in a field.

The police are called to the home, and one of them is DC Pippa ‘Agatha’ Adams, who is on her first day as DC.

From there the action continues to move briskly, as the police race to find the killer. Everyone they talk to seems to have a high opinion of the victim – “the good teacher”. He was a loving husband, a good brother, a well-respected colleague and a teacher that ran an after-school homework club for at-risk youth.

But was he really as he appeared? As the police dig deeper, they start to find cracks in his ‘nice’ persona, but still can’t seem to find the killer.


The main character, Pippa, has many ‘cozy’ elements to her – she’s nice, friendly, a bit shy and often doesn’t know when to stop talking – but she’s different from the ‘usual’ cozy mystery heroine because she’s a policewoman. She’s also incredibly normal and easy to relate to.

After she’s paired with Sgt. Mike Matthews, Pippa casually compares their case to an Agatha Christie novel, thus earning her the nickname ‘Agatha’. Matthews starts out a bit of a jerk, but eventually, even he warms up to Pippa.


I read this book in one sitting (although I did stay up until 3am to do so!). I just couldn’t put it down. The book moves along fast and there’s very few lapses in the pacing.

There’s an incredible amount of twists and turns, but it never became confusing. I was kept guessing until the final reveal. Part of the intrigue are the characters themselves. For example, the reader gets hints that something traumatic happened in Pippa’s past to caused her to abruptly quit dancing (something she was very good at) and join the police force, but the full story never comes out. In fact, many of the characters hint at having much deeper, more interesting stories. I hope that there are more DC Adams stories coming so that we can get to know the characters better.

*** Thank you to Rachel Sargeant and Killer Reads for providing me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. ***
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Carl Brock is a well respected teacher in his community that dedicates his time after school to helping underprivileged students. Recently married to Gaby his life is the picture of perfection. So how did he find himself murdered in a ditch on the side of the road while his wife was beaten nearly to death and tied up in their home? You'll have to read it to find out. 

The ending was rather lackluster and wasn't very surprising either.
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When I got to the end of this book I was left feeling it was more an introduction to a character the author wants to write a few more books about. Pippa the rather unusual detective was certainly the star of the show but rather to the detriment of the plot. Lots of hints about something in her past but obviously that is only going to be revealed in a follow on. 
The plot of The good teacher was just ok with a fairly predictable outcome.
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This book was funny in parts also sad dealing in drugs with srudents at a school. I never guessed the ending which is very unusual for me.
It was a really good detective story and a who did it,
It’s also sad to think drugs are so easily available at a school.
Thanks for letting me read this book I really enjoyed it and loved the police characters.
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I found this book very hard to get into. It fell in different places. Not my type of book. I didn't feel connected with the characters
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Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for this early copy!

I mainly picked this up based on the cover and it was a solid thriller. I recommend this who like interesting mystery thrillers.
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Thank you netgalley for this opportunity to read "The Good Teacher"!!

This book is about  a teacher, who at school is a good, caring and a friend to his students and at home is loving and charming to his wife at home, bt one day hes found murdered inside of his car, on side of the road. Which leads the police to his home. Where his wife is tied up, beaten and unconscious on the floor. 

I thought good teacher, would be a simple read, bt it went beyond on what I thought it would. It had lot of twists and turns and the ending was totally unexpected. I especially loved the main character, Pippa Adams. If you love psychological suspense thrillers, then this is the book for you!!
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A tense thriller with plenty secrets and twists. I did find Pippa to be rather scatty to be  a DC  though, even though she was a likeable character
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The Good Teacher by Rachel Sargeant was a good read police procedural novel.  When a woman is found bound and gagged in her home and her husband is found murdered in a ditch, the Police are on a race against time to find the culprit.  The Good Teacher is well paced, but I found that I couldnt connect to any of the characters.  3 stars
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. Being a teacher myself, the story of a murdered teacher was interesting and held my attention.  It was super quick read with very short chapters.  However, as an avid psychological thriller reader, this one fell a bit flat for me.
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The start of the novel is quite tense, a woman handcuffed to a chair and then a body found by a pensioner walking his dog. It doesn’t take long for the two cases to be linked.

Pippa ‘Agatha’ Adams is a new member of the local CID. She has to prove her worth and accepts her nickname with good grace. She has her dreams about how her career and working relationships will be. But the reality isn’t like her dreams. It is harder to be accepted than she imagined and she has to put up with public dressing downs and being on the receiving end of jokes and the occasional insult. There is a strong hint of trauma in her past which influenced her decision to join the police but no real detail.

I liked Pippa and her team. The rivalries, the jokes and the loyalties were all convincing. The author showed that the loyalties had to be earned, the existing team weren’t prepared to give Pippa an easy ride, she had to prove that she was worthy. There was a character, the head teacher who I loathed with a passion. I really hope that he wasn’t a true portrayal of anybody within the education system.

I expected the teacher to be not as good as the title suggests but I was completely wrong about the reasons why. I was also wrong about who the culprit was. It does all work though, I was just duped. It would be great to see this novel become a series, I would love to see Pippa succeed in her job and build on her standing in the team.
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I could not get into this book.  There were so many characters and so much going on, it was impossible for me to keep it all together and actually enjoy it.  I gave it a couple shots, but could not finish.  If I do get into it later, will update my Review.  
Will be using in a challenge and letting Chapter Chatter Pub know it’s out
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With thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the book in exchange for an honest review.
This was an excellent storyline and with a really good twist at the end. I would like to read more about  Phillipa Adams in future and the rest of the police team. They were all very entertaining.
Highly recommended.
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A gripping crime novel full of character with secrets. All is never as it seems and with some digging the truth will be uncovered. Enjoyable but I found it hard to connect to any of the characters.
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