For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing

Published by Penguin Michael Joseph – 19th August 2021

The Blurb

Teddy Crutcher has just won Teacher of the Year at the prestigious Belmont Academy, home exclusively to the brightest and the best.

He says his wife couldn’t be more proud- though no-one has seen her in a while.

he’s deeply committed to improving his students. and well aware which ones need improving.

And all he wants is for his colleagues – and the endlessly interfering parents – to stay out of his way.

Oddly, not everyone agrees that Teddy has their best interests at heart.

But will that change when someone receives a lesson to die for?

My Thoughts

Set in an exclusive American private school, full of Ivy League wannabe hopefuls, For Your Own Good is a psychological thriller that grips you from page one. Full of morally bankrupt characters, with top teacher Teddy Crutcher the worst of the lot. Recently awarded Teacher of the Year, Teddy has an agenda, and it is not necessarily for the good of the school, or the students. He is passionate about teaching and does want the best for his students, providing they are likable what he doesn’t like are the interfering teachers and parents who think they know his job better than he does. One thing they all don’t realise is that the scheming Teddy Crutcher is not a man to be crossed. unfortunately for some, they realise far too late.

This is a dark compelling story with a touch of dark humour about it. Each character has been superbly crafted by Samantha, each is aiming high and each has their own agenda. The story is excellently woven together and keeps you hooked until the very end. You champion some characters and despise others, I have to say that Teddy Crutcher is one of the most unlikable characters I have ever come across but it is that that keeps you coming back for more!

I absolutely loved this book, it has an engaging story with superbly written characters. It grips you from the first page until the very end and just when you think you have cracked it the story takes an unexpected turn. This is a book that you will not want to put down, it sucks you in to the lives of the students and teachers of the Belmont Academy and all the disturbing events that happen within it’s walls.

Many thanks to the publisher for my copy in exchange for this review, please do check out other reviews on the blogtour to find out more.