School should have been the safest place…
For Lizzie Riley, switching her six-year-old son Tom to the local academy school marks a fresh start, post-divorce. With its excellent reputation, Lizzie knows it’ll be a safe space away from home.
But there’s something strange happening at school. Parents are forbidden from entering the grounds, and there are bars across the classroom windows.
Why is Tom coming home exhausted, unable to remember his day? What are the strange marks on his arm? And why do the children seem afraid to talk?
Lizzie is descending into every parent’s worst nightmare: her little boy is in danger. But will she be able to protect him before it’s too late?
This book is told from the point of view of Lizzie, Kate the Social Worker and Tom.
Not at all what I expected, this book knocked me for six. It gets off to a slow start but don’t be tempted to give up. It’s a gripping thriller full of twists and turns. When the pace picks up, it’s a buckle-your-seatbelt and off-we-go type of pace!
I always find books like this hard to review because … SPOILERS! I do not want to be the one to spill them all over the place.
One thing that I would like to say is that I really appreciated how the author showed a real understanding of the professions featured in the book, which isn’t as common as it should be. I work quite closely with our Social Services in Ireland and I see how tough their job is. It just gave the book an edge over some others I’ve read recently.
It’s beautifully written and I really loved it.
Don’t Tell Teacher is out on 11th July 2019 and is available for pre-order here
Thanks so much to Joe Thomas at Harper Collins for my copy of this book in return for an honest review.