The Teacher begins with a teacher receiving a package that somehow tells him that his fate is sealed. That night a man comes and forces him to hang himself in the school where he is found the next day. But our teacher had secrets, he liked young boys. Thus begins the reign of a serial killer who targets those with secrets. As the gruesome deaths pile up DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles must solve the case.
The entire idea behind this story is one that I should have loved, unfortunately I ended up rather bored with the story fairly early on and found it just confusing to read. The book switches between multiple points of view and also switches from the present to the past between each chapter.
Normally those things I would find add to the suspense and intrigue of a story but with the style of this particular book I was finding myself lost trying to even figure out who was who and forgetting if I’d read about someone before or not. I kept having to flip back and remind myself was this the present or the past. Who is this person and why am I reading about them? The story just didn’t have a good overall flow for me.
I think that I’m in the minority in not liking this story but it just wasn’t for me, felt really disconnected the entire time I was reading and was never drawn in to care what would happen or how it would turn out. 2 stars for the idea behind it, just would have liked a bit more depth given to characters before being tossed into another chapter with a new person and having to struggle with figuring things out.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.