Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for For Your Own Good By Samantha Downing and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – Michael Joseph for the review copy.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release date: 19 08 2021
Price*: Kindle £4.99 (GBP)/ Hardback £6.00 (GBP)
Kindle $14.99 (USD)/ Hardback $13.48 (USD)
Pages: ~ 400
My rating: Really liked it.
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What I learned from this book: That I don’t miss school one bit.
Description of the book: Teddy Crutcher won Teacher of the Year at the prestigious Belmont Academy. Everyone thinks he’s brilliant. Only you know the truth.
They all smile when he tells us his wife couldn’t be more proud. But no-one has seen her in a while. They’re impressed when he doesn’t let anything distract him – even the tragic death of a school parent. Even when the whispers start, saying it was murder. You’re sure Teddy is hiding something about what happened that day. You’re sure you can prove it.
But you didn’t stop to think that when it comes to catching a killer, there’s no place more dangerous than just one step behind . . .
How this book made me feel: I really enjoyed My Lovely Wife (Review Here) so it was a no brainer whether to pick this one or not. 🙂 The blurb intrigued me as well but after reading the book, I don’t really understand who the woman on the cover is supposed to represent. 😀
Even though most of the action is around Teddy, he is not the sole protagonist in this novel. Many characters have their say in this book, and all of them play important parts, but the most prominent for me were Teddy, Zach and Fallon. Teddy is a teacher in a posh Belmont school, the funny thing is that he hates rich kids, and he sees it as his goal to teach those kids humility and being humble. 😀 Teddy is the kind of person that no one likes: uptight, stuck in old ways and creep in general. 😀 Zach is an exemplary student, that juggles his life between high expectations at school and even higher ones from his parents. Fallon is an ex-student that really hates Teddy. I really liked Zach and his effort to adjust to everything that was going on in his life. Also, I was very absorbed with Teddy, even though he is an awkward person, I really enjoyed his thoughts and reasoning for his actions. 🙂 All the characters are really intriguing and it was very interesting to read what they have to offer to this story.
The narrative of this book carries multiple threads but is mostly about student-teacher as well as parent–teenager relationships. It was interesting to read how teachers see their students and how all these teenagers have to deal with their demanding parents, that do not take failure easily. I really liked the way the author cleverly hid the twists and turns in this book. It seems that all the mystery is kind of out there in the open, but then she hits with juicy bits that I was not expecting at all. 🙂 The topics discussed in this book were fear of failure, high expectations, over achievement, mental health issues, loneliness, revenge, religion, relationship issues, and plenty more.
I enjoyed the writing style of this book a lot. The book was very cleverly written and I was very absorbed with this story. The chapters are quite short, so the pages just flew by for me. I loved the different settings depending on the perspective, it allowed me to know the characters better. The ending was very unexpected but rounded this story brilliantly.
So, to conclude, I think this book is genre-crossing and can’t really be put in one category. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters chosen for this novel, they are very different, they represent different sides, ages and genders, and are very intriguing to read about. The plot is very creatively written and very well executed, surprising the reader throughout the pages with unexpected twists and turns. I really liked this story and I hope you will give this book a go and will enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂
Thank you for your time! ❤
About the author: Samantha Downing was born in the Bay Area, and currently lives in New Orleans. Her debut novel, My Lovely Wife, was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and a Sunday Times bestseller, and has been published in thirty languages. It won a Dead Good Reader Award, and was shortlisted for four other major awards: The CWA John Creasey Dagger, The Edgar Award for Best First Novel, The ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel and The Macavity Award for Best First Mystery. Amazon Studios and Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films have partnered to produce a feature film based on the novel. Her second novel, He Started It, was also a Sunday Times bestseller.
Website: https://www.samanthadowning.com/ Twitter: @smariedowning / Instagram: @smariedowning / Facebook: @smariedowning
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