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The Teacher

(DS Imogen Grey #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  14,059 ratings  ·  978 reviews
You think you know who to trust? You think you know the difference between good and evil? You’re wrong...

The body of the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school is found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall.

Hours earlier he’d received a package, and only he could understand the silent message it conveyed. It meant the end.

As Exeter suffers a rising count of grue
Kindle Edition, 395 pages
Published March 10th 2016 by Avon
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
ETA: Okay so I was a bit of an arsehole in this review. I didn't like the book and of course my big mouth just puts it all out there. The author of this book came and "liked" this review. She did not tell me that I was wrong. That shows all kinds of class in my opinion. Katerina Diamond, I'll read your next book just because you just showed pure class. <3

A one star may be a bit high of a rating on this one.

When I saw the warning on this book that it may not be for the "faint of heart" I couldn'
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
With this book coming with the warning *not for the faint-hearted* I took it as a challenge. I figure myself to be pretty tough and unflinching after reading a lot of horror, graphic crime novels and serial killer chillers. Well, the book did surprise me with some of it's graphic scenes and content, concepts and torture/kill scenes that did actually manage to have me feel quite squeamish and uncomfortable. So if even a drop of blood get to you in a book this is not the read for you. If on the ot ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, thriller
The Teacher is an engrossing, thrilling and pacey murder mystery where the police and pitted against a brutal killer seeking revenge. The novel is delivered along 3 threads. One thread is a series of brutal murders, first a headmaster of a private school in Exeter by a mysterious figure. The following deaths becoming more and more gruesome. What is the connection and how do the victims know it’s coming? The second thread involves 2 detectives that have been paired together to investigate
May 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
What initially caught my eye was the cover and this -

“WARNING: Most definitely *not* for the faint-hearted!”

I don’t know what it says about me, but the darker the psychological thriller the better. I want to be scared, freaked out and left wondering what's going to happen next. That's not what this was. Not even close.

I barely made it through the first chapter before I contemplated setting this one aside and just moving on. I probably would have, had I not received a review copy.

This book was n
Linda Strong
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“WARNING: Most definitely *not* for the faint-hearted!”

Now how could I resist this kind of statement? I like gruesome and I like the idea that there’s a different kind of psychopath out there. And while there were several gruesome deaths, it was the plot and character enrichment that drew me in and kept me there for the duration of the book.

The book is told by many people … more like a series of short stories. It was a bit confusing at the start but soon became clear where I was being lead. The
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
The Teacher begins with a teacher receiving a package that somehow tells him that his fate is sealed. That night a man comes and forces him to hang himself in the school where he is found the next day. But our teacher had secrets, he liked young boys. Thus begins the reign of a serial killer who targets those with secrets. As the gruesome deaths pile up DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles must solve the case.

The entire idea behind this story is one that I should have loved, unfortunately I ended
Liz Barnsley
Interesting read is "The Teacher"

It warns that this is not for the faint hearted. I would say nope it definitely is NOT for the faint hearted. If you can't cope with descriptive random violence you may be in trouble. However that aside, basically if you can cope with a bit of Hannibal Lector style you'll be fine - its a great psychological thriller, possibly with a few too many points of view but you get used to it.

The Teacher is a fast and furious read of the type that will keep you up at night
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing

When someone tells you 'not to do that', you question it.
When someone says 'not sure if you will like that book'
Then when you hear "not for the faint hearted" my stomach dropped at the same time as my brain kicking in........take that challenge, go on, you know you want to, you know friends who have read this and said its not a book to be missed.

So......I blame you!

I also say....thank you!

Because this is a read certainly that will keep your stomach churning, this will keep your mind ticking, thi
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, british, mystery, series

"...You know the only thing left in Pandora's Box was hope. Some people believed that's because hope is the most evil emotion of all. When hope fails, all that follows is complete and utter despair. Without hope, there is no despair..."

Most definitely NOT for the faint-hearted indeed!!!

Katerina Diamond’s debut novel, The Teacher is a bone-chilling, gruesome and disturbing crime/thriller set in Exeter.

It’s unique cover says it all…
There is a serial killer in Exeter and he is targeting some of
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is told through several characters, I must say in the beginning it was a bit confusing but I soon got the hang of it. This is a psychological thriller and we are told in the beginning it is "not for the faint hearted". Some parts of the story do become a bit gruesome but I did not find that any of this turned me away from the story, instead I felt it made the story more real. The best part of this book to me was the strong plot, characters and their development, very likeable and belie ...more
In all my time reading books, I've never read a book that comes with a health warning, but apparently, The Teacher is not for the faint-hearted. It's quite graphic, don't get me wrong, and I've read of people who have put the book down, but I actually didn't think it was as bad as it was. About 16% in there's a fairly graphic scene, and thinking back on it, it kind of makes me want to puke, but the rest are sort of left to your imagination. So if you can get past that first scene, you'll actuall ...more
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
The premise of The Teacher sounded creepily intriguing and I was excited to get y hands on a copy. The book definitely turned down a path I did not expect and veered away from what I thought the story was about. It was a page turner, and the multiple POVs were interesting, though some were done better than other, but that tends to be the case, especially with quite so many. What took away from my overall satisfaction in this book is that I guessed almost from the start who was guilty and why, an ...more
Kortessa Giachanatzi
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Obviously the book didn't meet my expectations. Yes, it is dark with many bloody explicit scenes but that's it. Totally repetitive. Everything is clear from the beginning. To the extend of who is responsible dor everything. Also I couldn't connect with any of thw characters. As a general concept the idea of it is great, but poorly developed. ...more
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This one was so difficult to rate!

Things I liked:
How easy it was to read the story! I also liked Parker and Abbey and was hooked with their story, past and present and cared for them more than I did for the detective duo!
Things I didn't like:
The detectives had plenty of time in the story but it was mainly about their personal problems and when they finally did catch up with the events other were the ones who solved the story for them! Their contribution was so little that I didn't really ca
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wondered why everyone is hooked on The Teacher? Well I will tell you.

It starts with a dramatic death. A head teacher of a posh private school receives a book through the post, that sends him into a panic. He knows he is doomed and nemesis is coming. He is found hanging. This is only the start. Other men are hunted, leading to gory terrible deaths. Detectives Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey, misfits with black marks on their records, are paired together and given the case. Added to this is a girl ca
Kat Dietrich
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Teacher by Katerina Diamond is the 1st in the Detective Imogen Grey series.

My Synopsis:
There is a lot going on in this one, and it isn’t until the end that things come together.

DS Imogen Grey has just transferred to a new police force, trying to outrun the mess from the last precinct. She is paired with DS Adrian Miles who is just back from a suspension when a case and booze got the best of him. They will have to learn to trust each other. After a while, it becomes evident that there is no
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting much knowing this was a debut novel but this book has a lot of bite, very dark and twisted with a lot of gruesome deaths. I enjoyed the storyline, a lot of characters are introduced and the time frames jump from past to present but it doesn't distract in any way. The book took a detour very early on and went into a completely different direction than what I was expecting. A nice amount of suspense to keep the plot ticking and I found the ending satisfying but not completely su ...more
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Teacher

I just couldn't stop reading!!

Not for the faint hearted, and so very true.
The Teacher had me hooked straight away. The first page drew me in and it wouldn't let me leave until I had finished the book. It's been a while since a book has had this affect on me.
The story is told through more than one person, skipping from the past to the present.
Very cleverly written, not your typical crime thriller at all.
Highly, highly recommend this book - I couldn't put it down.
Joanne Robertson
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I'm not normally a fan of the taglines attached to the books title. You know, the ones saying the book has a "twist you won't see coming" or similar. So when I saw this one I was a bit sceptical. I do think however that this is one tagline that really needs to be there!! It serves as a warning to anyone of a sensitive or nervous disposition that this book really isn't for the fainthearted. Thankfully that's not me but it does contain quite graphic violence even though that violence is very integ ...more
Louise Wilson
After receiving a parcel and a few hours had passed the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school was found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall. The number of gruesome deaths is rising so DS Grey and DS Miles need to get to the bottom of why this is happening. This is quite a gruesome book so not recommend for the squeamish

I'd like to thank Net Galley, Harper Collins UK Avon and the author Katerina Diamond for ARC in return for an honest review
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark, twisty, constant questions, who to trust, horrific discoveries- so right up my alley then! This is the first of the series featuring DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles who as two outsiders are perfectly matched as partners. As trust built between them and you learn more about them and their pasts so my liking for the pair grew. This is a novel about revenge and it’s very justified too, given what those who are horribly murdered in this book inflicted upon their helpless victims. The action ...more
Margaret Madden
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
The head teacher of a prominent fee-paying school has been found hanging on school property. Suicide seems likely and foul play is ruled out. That is, until the body count increases and the intensity of the crimes raises at astonishing levels.
Disgraced Detective Adrian Miles is partnered with another 'rogue' officer, DS Imogen Grey, and together they try to piece together the lives of the victims while dodging false leads.
Meanwhile, the quiet life of a museum taxidermist, Abbey Lucas, is not a
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-star
Well, this book wasn't quite what I expected, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It was a bravely written debut novel for the author as it was very graphically violent in places. The book is marketed as a psychological thriller, but I felt it more suited the crime/action/mystery - not a criticism, more of an observation.

When the headmaster of a prestigious all-boys school is found hanged, two detectives are brought in to investigate the case, and so the story begins to unravel. Despite the books titl
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed on Becca's Books.

When Avon announced the impending arrival of The Teacher by Katerina Diamond I couldn't wait to get my hands on what sounded like a dark and dangerous novel that would lead me down eerie alleyways and round in circles as DS Grey and DS Miles tried to crack the case as the victims slumped down one by one. The cover reminded me of old-school horror, and the blurb piqued my interest immediately. Once I saw that it was available on NetGalley, I couldn't click 're
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I liked this more than I thought I would to be honest, yes I suppose bits were a little predictable, two damaged lead police officers investigating the gruesome murders of a serial killer but, this was a little different and a fast enjoyable read if very dark. I have the second in the series and will be reading that one too.
Mark Tilbury
3.5 stars.
The sub-title for this book states that it's not a book for the faint hearted. True, there are some gruesome descriptions of murder scenes, but they are fleeting and the story isn't full of them. Perhaps because I read a lot of crime, police investigations and violence type thrillers, it wasn't anything I hadn't read before. I found the underlying reason for the murders more shocking. No spoilers, but when I found out who the killer was, and why, they had my full support.

What let this
Tracy Fenton
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warning: This book has some really gruesome and explicit torture scenes so if you are squeamish or easily shocked you need to be prepared! The Teacher is a fast paced and gripping thriller with some freaky and gross killings. We are introduced to DS Imogen Grey who comes equipped with her own issues and dark secrets who is tasked with hunting down and stopping a serial killer with a really sick evil streak. There are lots of characters at the beginning and it does get a tad confusing, but stick ...more
Bill Lynas
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up
This violent thriller, featuring two detectives on the trail of a brutal killer, failed to keep my attention. Diamond's writing is very simple & the plot is easy to follow, but it reads rarher like an extended version of an essay that I might have written while at school. Although the story is set in Exeter, where I live, I still only managed to read half of the novel before giving up. Probably good enough if you've nothing better on your bookshelf to read. ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, uk, netgalley, thriller
The Teacher is quite an impressive debut novel and an engrossing crime thriller, which I devoured over the weekend. Told from multiple perspectives (maybe a few too many) and switching from present to past, it was almost like reading two stories. I thought Abbey's "story", who is introduced in chapter 3, was incredibly well done, very realistic and very touching.
I really liked the detective duo of DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles and would love it if there were further books with those two in
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Teacher Jeffery Stone returned to his office and found the parcel on his desk. Something about the size and weight of the gift was familiar to him. It was an old German book. He knew what it ment. It had been twenty years since he had given it as a gift to someone. The book was a surprise, but not the unspoken message it's very arrival conveyed. It ment the end. Jeffery kept something on his laptop. Folders with different year group and d
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