Monday, 15 February 2016

Book Review - "The Teacher" by Katerina Diamond.



I received a copy of this title, for review purposes, from netgalley.com...


The head teacher of a prominent fee-paying school has been found hanging on school property.  Suicide seems likely and foul play is ruled out.  That is, until the body count increases and the intensity of the crimes raises at astonishing levels.  
Disgraced Detective Adrian Miles is partnered with another 'rogue' officer, DS Imogen Grey, and together they try to piece together the lives of the victims while dodging false leads.   
Meanwhile, the quiet life of a museum taxidermist, Abbey Lucas, is not all it appears to be.  Abbey is harboring a secret and trying to escape her past.  But while she preserves the bodies of dead animals, the bodies of humans are piling up...

This is debut designed for the strong-stomached reader.  Graphic descriptions and macabre memories from the outset make this a deliciously dark novel.  The unknown killer is giving a cloak of secrecy, both his identity and his motive, and the clues are drip-fed to us in varying chapters.  The characters are a wonderful mix of nasty and nice, each with their own quirks and agendas.  Detectives Miles and Grey are a great team, with their own shame and despair seeping into their investigation, albeit unofficially.  The murders are intense affairs, with lots of blood, guts and symbolism, but each with an apparent link.  There is food for thought at times with a nod to the darker side of life:

"Everyone has a secret behaviour they are ashamed of, something inside that constantly tried to force its way out.  We all have something that will not be denied."

A serial killer is nothing new within fiction, but this story, along with its great police-duo, is up with the best of them.  A bizarre narrative is balanced by clear and concise writing, endearing characters and a clever location (I'm a bit fan of museums and all the secrets and history they hold).  Katerina Diamond has created a pacy, powerful debut which will have her readers begging for more from Miles and Grey.  The Teacher is ideal for fans of gritty thrillers, more murky than mundane...

The Teacher is published on 10th March 2016 in paperback and ebook format and be pre-ordered now.

7 comments:

  1. I've seen a couple of reviews which suggest this'll be one for me - and your great review supports that opinion! Definitely looking forward to it.

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  2. Great review! I would love to read this book. I also really like the cover.

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  3. This is my aunty's book she's been working on it for ages and it sounds like my sort of book, I'm really looking forward to reading it

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  4. Was wondering where the familiarities while reading this book came from, then it hit me.. A complete copy of 'The Taxidermists Daughter'by Kate Mosse totally ripped

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    1. Oh really? I haven't read Kate's book yet (although I have a copy here on my TBR pile). Must compare when I do.

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    2. The Taxidermists Daughter is set in a completely different time to The Teacher, although the similarities were there.. I thought so anyway

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