WOW! The Teacher is a gripping thriller which seriously makes you consider again whether you can trust the people around you. The Teacher starts with the hanging of the head teacher of a local boys school. We quickly discover that he has a pretty big secret and this is the start of something big. One by one big names within the community are murdered in the most gruesome and bloody ways.
Detective Adrian Miles has gained a new partner in the shape of DS Imogen Grey, both have messed up massively in previous cases and as punishment have been teamed together. And whilst both are under strict instructions to keep away from one of Adrian’s old suspects, both find themselves pulled in to his world and a case like nothing they have ever seen before. Bodies begin to turn up everywhere and they begin to question if they chasing a serial killer, one who is torturing his victims. It soon becomes apparent that everyone is hiding a secret, and it is up to Adrian and Imogen to work if and how they are all connected, are the victims all known to each other?
From early on we learn who is behind the murders, which simply adds to the addictiveness of this compelling read. I was desperate to keep on reading and uncover the reasons behind why these murders were happening and why the brutality and torture behind them. I was certainly not disappointed, the plot was so much deeper and detailed than even I was prepared for and certainly makes for a gruesome and chilling read.
I did find it tricky keeping track of all of the different characters and their parts in the story as a whole, as each has a chapter and tells their own side of the story. But by the end it really makes sense and actually it was a really clever way of telling this story, making it a deeply chilling read which delves in the past of its characters, bringing them alive.
There were a few shocking moments which did make me think wow! No one was who they first appeared to be and the plot and murders were extremely detailed. But do not let this put you off. This was a truly incredible and compelling read, which had me hooked from start to finish. I loved uncovering the secrets and what made the characters tick, I loved that no one was who they first appeared to be. This book is like a jigsaw puzzle, as all the bits come together and you get to see the full picture, you can fully appreciate how clever and beautiful this book is. An impressive debut and I certainly look forward to more from Katerina Diamond.