The Teacher

Sourcebooks. Feb. 2024. 400p. ISBN 9781728296210. pap. $17.99. M
On the surface, high school math teacher Eve Bennett is the envy of women everywhere. She has a career she loves, a beautiful home, and a gorgeous, kind, and mild-mannered husband, Nate, who teaches English at her school. However, with a growing emotional distance and a lack of affection from Nate, Eve feels unfulfilled. Even adding to the designer shoe collection she attempts to hide from her husband doesn’t help her dissatisfaction. When the school year begins and troubled teen Addie Severson is in both Nate’s and Eve’s classes, the tension between the couple intensifies. Addie had been in the middle of a scandal that ruined the career of a beloved teacher. While Nate insists she deserves a second chance, Eve feels Addie can’t be trusted. Although rumors about the scandal circulate wildly, nobody knows what really happened, and vulnerable Addie is determined to keep it that way. In fact, she might do just anything to keep things quiet.
VERDICT Told from the alternating viewpoints of Eve and Addie, this dark page-turner from McFadden (“The Housemaid” series) has an unexpected, brilliantly executed twist at the end. It’s a must-read for fans of psychological thrillers.
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