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Review: The Good Teacher - Rachel Sargeant

Pages: 221
Series: Proposed But Not Certain
Genres: Crime, Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Fiction
Publisher: Killer Reads
Publication Date: First Published 14 December 2018
My Rating:

 Some people deserve to be taught a lesson…

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.


The Good Teacher is the second novel of Ms Sargeant's I have had the pleasure to enjoy; it matches up pretty well against The Perfect Neighbours. It is also the first in a proposed new series featuring the delightfully ditsy DC Pippa Adams. This is a cross between police procedural and family/domestic drama, and it's a fun, scream through-in-an-afternoon type of book. Granted it's not an especially original concept, but it's well written, fast paced and easy to engage with, and Pippa is a character that is multi-dimensional, different and yet rather scatterbrained for someone of her police rank or calibre.

There is an ominous undertone that underpins every page, puts the reader off-kilter and has them wondering what exactly is around the corner. The tension is then ratcheted up by a good few twists in the tale, and the secrets, deception and devious dealings rise up to the surface. This is a particularly suitable read for those who like their crime fiction on the clean side as there are no gory or graphic scenes. Recommended.

Many thanks to Rachel Sargeant for forwarding me an ARC.

About the Author - Rachel Sargeant is the author of Kindle Top Ten bestseller The Perfect Neighbours, a psychological thriller. Her second novel with HarperCollins, The Good Teacher, is a detective mystery, featuring DC Pippa “Agatha” Adams. Book number three will be The Roommates, a psychological thriller set in a university freshers' week. She is also the author of Gallipoli: Year of Love and Duty, a novel featuring Great War nurses on a hospital ship.

Rachel 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 grew up in Lincolnshire, spent several years living in Germany and now lives in Gloucestershire with her family.


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