Danielle Reviews: For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing

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

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

Teddy really can’t be bothered with the death of a school parent that’s looking more and more like murder or the student digging a little too deep into Teddy’s personal life. His main focus is on pushing these kids to their full academic potential.

All he wants is for his colleagues—and the endlessly meddlesome parents—to stay out of his way.

It’s really too bad that sometimes excellence can come at such a high cost.

Samantha Downing has quickly become one of my favorite thriller authors! With unlikable characters, juicy plots, and endings that leave you wondering, she’s developed a unique writing style, and For Your Own Good was no exception!

Our story is told primarily through Teddy’s point of view. He’s a high school teacher at the prestigious Belmont Academy, and wants to “help” his students…through any means necessary. At different points throughout the novel, we also hear from other teachers, as well as a student named Zach, who has ended up on Teddy’s bad side, though he has no idea why. After a prominent parent who was very active at the school dies and is ruled suspicious, the school is shocked, and rumors surrounding her death run rampant.

This was a really interesting read, in that the reader knows what happens and why, but that there are still some twists and turns thrown in that keep the reader engaged and on their toes! Many of the characters in the book are unlikable, so if you’re like me, you are rooting for some of them to fail! I will say that you will likely have to suspend disbelief while reading this one. There are several plot lines happening that all intertwine, and personally I felt like there was no way all of these things could be happening at once, and for that reason, I did rate this one 4 stars instead of 5. That said, I was hooked on the book immediately, and read it in two sittings, so that definitely says something!

If you are looking for a binge-able summer mystery, this will be a great choice for you! It moves quickly and will hold your attention throughout the book as you wait to see how everything will play out. For Your Own Good is out tomorrow, July 20, so be sure to pick this one up! I’d like to thank Berkley for my advanced copy of the novel. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

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