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The Teacher

A Shocking and Compelling New Crime Thriller That's Not for the Faint-Hearted
Narrated by: Stevie Lacey
Series: DS Imogen Grey, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
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Summary

You think you know who to trust? You think you know the difference between good and evil? You're wrong....

A lesson you will never forget.

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?

Smart. Gripping. Gruesome. This is a psychological crime thriller in a class of its own.

Warning: most definitely not for the faint hearted!

©2016 Katerina Diamond (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Exceedingly disappointing

I'm irritated with myself for pushing through to the end of this one.

The performance was okay; a bit monotone in most parts and a really quite amateur dramatics as soon as any emotion was called for (emotion, whatever variety it was supposed to be, all came out as shouty and forced, like someone reading capital letters)

The writing was what really let the whole thing down. Heavy on clichéd phrases, poor use of sentence structure, adjectives etc and some really embarrassing parts in which the writer had obviously hit the thesaurus and come up with synonyms of just slightly the wrong shade of meaning. There was also massive repetition of phrases that the author obviously felt proud of (tears were almost always "the saline liquid").

Essentially the writing was poor and the narration sufficiently below average that I was entirely distracted from any illusion of reality.

This might have been just as well, however, because the story line was beyond poor. There seems to be some sort of misconception that by coming up with violently shocking scenes a storyline will write itself around them. I am perfectly at peace with violence in thrillers when it's justified within the context of a clever and engaging storyline. This was neither. It's fairly obvious from the first chapter what is going on and, except for the fleshing out of a few details (which is pretty much done by half way through) the reader is never really given any more than that. Sadistic brutes being bumped off by their only surviving victim in a manner which reflects their crimes. By dint of the fact that there are only a handful of characters in this novel (and the writer is in no way subtle about "goodies" and "baddies") it's immediately clear who is the avenging angel and who is in league with his victims.

Essentially I wasted a couple of days listening time because I felt I had to give it more than just one chapter before giving up and writing a stinker review... then I felt like I'd committed enough time that I might as well plough on in hopes of a clever twist or denouement at the end. There wasn't one.

Learn by my mistakes. Save yourself the time, money (/credit) and listen to a Stuart Macbride instead.

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I couldn't wait....,

for this to finish! not my cup of tea at all. laboured and a little long winded for me. I stayed til the end as half way through it gained some momentum and I wanted to give a true review. others enjoyed this I know but for me a little boring and farfetched. there is alot of gore and violence in it too.

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An okay book

I didn't care much for this book. A bit too gratuitously gory, I'm not particularly faint hearted but the graphic scenes of violence were not backed up by characters or plot.

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great story

loved it great story which had me gripped until the end. this is my first by this author and I'm just off to the kindle store to find out if Katerina diamond has written any more. the narrative was so Amazing I didn't feel like I was listening but reading myself as I was so pulled into this work . he has a very gentle voice that i loved listening to. great twist at the end :)

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My thoughts

A great read! Shows that everyone has their secrets in life and they may well come back to haunt you, or to get revenge.
Still one unanswered question at the end for me, how did she get away with her part?

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The Teacher

What disappointed you about The Teacher?

Too much blood and guts and graphic horror killings - not at all enjoyable

Has The Teacher put you off other books in this genre?

Yes

Which character – as performed by Stevie Lacey – was your favourite?

There wasn't one

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Distaste

Any additional comments?

A lot of different characters to keep up with, none of them particularly likeable.

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Very good

I've struggled recently to find an ebook that has not followed the usual predictable formula. The Teacher is a crime thriller, a little reminiscent of Mo Hayder but less graphic. Good plot line and good characterisation.

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What teacher?

Awful book - badly written - not a single character I cared about, and graphic decriptions of torture. I hated the reader's voice but maybe she was struggling with the lack of punctuation in the story.
With the cast of characters it could just as easily have been called the policeman, the taxidermist, the creepy boyfriend ... the list goes on. Don't waste your time on this book.

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Ok - but not the best

I can't say I was particularly gripped throughout, but I did listen until the end. A slightly unbelievable story, I didn't buy it in the end. I also wasn't really keen on the Narrator, I found her storytelling a little uninteresting and her character voices were all the same, plus some mispronunciation of some words.

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Far fetched and badly narrated

It might be a matter of taste but I really didn't enjoy the narrator - she made every sentence sound the same, the intonation was wrong and dramatic in all the wrong places. I don't know if I would have liked the book more if it had been narrated by someone else, or if I had read it instead of listened to it, but as it was I felt the whole thing was contrived and cliched. I also wondered if the author got to the end and thought "not enough violence in here, need to put another bit in" - some of it seemed tacked on.
I seriously disliked all the characters - but maybe I was supposed to?
Each to their own, but this one was not for me.

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