#ThrowbackThursday The Teacher by Katerina Diamond

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Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!

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You think you know who to trust? You think you know the difference between good and evil? You’re wrong… The body of the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school is found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall. Hours earlier he’d received a package, and only he could understand the silent message it conveyed. It meant the end. As Exeter suffers a rising count of gruesome deaths, troubled DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles must solve the case and make their city safe again. But as they’re drawn into a network of corruption, lies and exploitation, every step brings them closer to grim secrets hidden at the heart of their community. And once they learn what’s motivating this killer, will they truly want to stop him?

As you all know, I’m a big fan of Katerina Diamond’s mysteries. I read and loved both The Secret & The Angel but I hadn’t read The Teacher yet. I found this a highly entertaining novel, although I think The Secret and The Angel are waaaaaaay better. I think they’re incredibly different, too.

I loved the structure in The Teacher, the way each chapter had a title and we got to see everyone’s point of view. I loved that I got to spend more time with Imogen & Adrian, two characters whom I really love. I also enjoyed how dark this book was and the way the story ended, it wasn’t the typical procedural conclusion and I appreciated that.

However, the main reason why I love the sequels is that I never know what to think, I don’t know what will happen next. They’re twisty and unpredictable and as Inge stated on her review, there are too many things going on. I love how chaotic they are, because despite everything, somehow, it all makes sense in the end. And no, I didn’t have that feeling when reading The Teacher. I found it predictable in terms of plot. Still, I enjoyed it and I’m glad the author is going to write many more books (I hope so?) because I’m a big fan.

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In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

15 thoughts on “#ThrowbackThursday The Teacher by Katerina Diamond

  1. Ugh the cover with that bloody apple? Never going to get that image out of my mind!

    I don’t know what it is but I love mysteries that take place on school campuses, the perp is always shocking, especially when it’s a kid! Too bad the ending of this was predictable though 😦

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  2. Yay! I agree the sequels were much better. I’m glad I ended up reading the second book first because I’m not sure if I would’ve been that motivated to continue any time soon if I read this one first. I liked it, just not as much as the others.

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