Teddy Crutcher has won Teacher of the Year at the esteemed Belmont Academy, home to the best and brightest.
He says his wife couldn’t be more proud—though no one has seen her in a while.
Teddy really can’t be bothered with the death of a school parent that’s looking more and more like murder or the student digging a little too deep into Teddy’s personal life. His main focus is on pushing these kids to their full academic potential.
All he wants is for his colleagues—and the endlessly meddlesome parents—to stay out of his way.
It’s really too bad that sometimes excellence can come at such a high cost.
This was a fast read, with lots of turns when I didn’t expect them. I really enjoyed it while I was reading it and wanted to know what was coming next. It was one of those books that when I had finished it, questions started to pop into my head about what had happened and the actions people took (or didn’t take).
Teddy was an interesting character who was obviously ‘off’ when we first met him but we slowly got to know him and his motivations better as the book continued. The author did a great job of making him very unlikeable and very readable at the same time.
His need to teach people ‘lessons’ that he thought they needed to learn an manipulate people in to doing what he wanted were a large part of his personality and drove all his decisions. Ultimately leading him down a darker and darker path as he tried to manipulate and fix things after accidently mixing the wrong person up in his meddling.
I enjoyed the unexpected elements of the story and the fact that you weren’t sure if you were really seeing the true picture with anyone. This led to some interesting moments of narrative throughout the story where I found myself quite surprised.
Zack was a character who I felt a lot for, initially he came across as exactly what Teddy saw him as – a spoiled rich child who had a huge sense of entitlement but as the story progressed he became a lot more rounded and understandable.
I don’t think anyone in this story was particularly likeable, they all had their flaws and none of them were people you’d really want to spend much time with, however this book pulled of the feat of that not mattering, the story was gripping and fast paced, making a great read without the need of a likeable character to carry the narrative.
With thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph books for inviting me to read and take part in the blog tour.
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