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The Good Teacher

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  800 ratings  ·  134 reviews
A good teacher can change lives...

Every evening, Allison watches her husband's new house, desperate to find some answers. Every morning, she puts on a brave face to teach kindergarten. She's a good teacher, everyone says so - this stalking is just a tiny crack in her usual self-control.

A late enrolment into her class brings little Gracie - sick and grieving. Allison takes
Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Allen & Unwin AU
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Kindergarten teacher Allison Walsh was devastated when her marriage of twenty four years ended. Their teenage son, Felix decided to go live with his father, which added to Allison’s upset. She loved her job, but lately she was finding it difficult to get through each day. When five year old Gracie is placed in Allison’s class she soon realises she is going to need to go that extra mile and give Gracie more care and understanding. Gracie is a sick little girl who is battling cancer as well as gri ...more
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 5000-2020
Oh dear. Here I go again! Lots of people whose reading opinions I usually share loved this book and I did not. It was okay but for me nothing to rave about.

Most likely I was put off by the main character who behaved irrationally. Why would a well respected, mature, professional woman go so off the rails after a marriage breakdown? I understand the misery this would cause but stalking? No. And accusing someone she has never met before, to their face, of being the other woman - with no evidence at
Shattered by the breakup of her twenty-four-year marriage, kindergarten teacher Allison Walsh struggled to get through each day with her kids. The arrival at the start of term of a new student, five-year-old Gracie, would put more pressure on the class as Gracie had a rare form of cancer and was currently going through chemotherapy. From the principal down, everyone at the school was made aware of Gracie’s illness and the care they needed to take. When Allison met Luke, Gracie’s dad, it was obvi ...more
Allison Walsh is the good teacher, valued by her school Wirriga Public school on Sydney's northern beaches where she teaches a kindergarten class. This year she has a special student enrolled in her class who will need some extra care and attention. Gracie Branson not only recently lost her mother and home in a bushfire but is also undergoing chemotherapy for a rare cancer. Her father, Luke has moved from Victoria so Gracie can receive treatment at a Sydney children's hospital and has chose Wirr ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Well, that was unexpected! Talk about plot twist.. amazing.

The Good Teacher is Petronella McGoverns second book and now I really need to read her first. I read this over a weekend. It took a little to get into but once I did it was hard to put down. Another fantastic Aussie writer to add to the list.

Alison is a kindergarten teacher on Sydney’s Northern Beaches who loves her job and the kids. Her new year started off badly with her husband of 24 years walking out on her. She has taken to stalking
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Petronella McGovern's latest offering (published 1 September 2020), The Good Teacher. This was an engrossing read with great character development and plenty of surprises.
49-year-old Allison Walsh is a dedicated and much-loved kindergarten teacher and a respected member of her community of Wirriga, in Sydney's northern beaches. Until recently, she'd also considered herself to be happily married to solicitor Tony, with whom she's approaching her silver (25th) anniver
Gloria Arthur (Ms. G's Bookshelf)
⭐️5 Stars⭐️

The Good Teacher was unputdownable, fast paced and an intriguing read. It was a moving story of betrayal, deception, lies and kindness.

Allison’s husband has just abandoned her for another woman. She watches his house desperate to find out who the other woman is. Allison knows the stalking has got out of hand and she has to stop before she ends up being arrested.

A sick little girl named Gracie has just enrolled at Allison’s kindergarten class, she is grieving her dead mother and is in
Veronica ⭐️
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Petronella McGovern has delivered again in her second offering in the domestic fiction genre.
Allison Walsh is The Good Teacher always going above and beyond for her students and their families, but now her husband has left her, and her 15 year old son Felix with him, for another woman and she is reduced to stalking his house to get a glimpse of the woman who stole her family.

It's a new school year and Luke and his 5 year old daughter Gracie have moved to Sydney to be treated at the children's ho
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**3.5 stars**

The Good Teacher by Petronella McGovern. (2020).

Every evening, Allison watches her husband's new house, desperate to find answers. Every morning, she puts on a brave face to teach kindergarten. She's a good teacher, everyone says so - this stalking is just a tiny crack in her usual self-control. A late enrolment into her class brings sick little Gracie who Allison takes under her wing and smothers her with love she can't
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Good Teacher is the second novel by Australian author, Petronella McGovern. Allison Walsh loves her job at Wirriga Public School in Sydney’s Northern Beaches but, since the New Year, is distracted by the upheaval in her personal life. Her husband’s abrupt departure with their teenaged son, Felix in tow, to another woman’s arms, has turned her into a stalker, trying to find out just who her rival is. She’s clearly in denial about the end of her marriage.

Recently-widowed during the Victorian
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Good Teacher is the second novel by Australian author, Petronella McGovern. The audio version is read by Anna Skellern. Allison Walsh loves her job at Wirriga Public School in Sydney’s Northern Beaches but, since the New Year, is distracted by the upheaval in her personal life. Her husband’s abrupt departure with their teenaged son, Felix in tow, to another woman’s arms, has turned her into a stalker, trying to find out just who her rival is. She’s clearly in denial about the end of her marr ...more
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Allison is newly seperated and living alone, she has the marital house for the time being. Felix, their son, lives with his Dad, Tony. Both parents have agreed on shared care. Allison has an obsession, she spies on her ex hubby, Tony, trying to find out who replaced her. Both Felix and Tony are keeping quiet and not saying a word. Allison befriends Luke, her mind also flip flops to Tony.
Luke has just shifted into a new neighbourhood. Widowed with a 4 year old daughter called Gracie,
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Allison Walsh is a person who has a lot on her plate. By day she is a much loved and respected teacher at Wirriga Public school. But by night after the recent collapse of her marriage and teenage son Felix going to live with his dad she resorts to staking out her exes house to see the woman she blames for all that has happened. When 5-year old Gracie Branson who has a rare form of cancer arrives in the area and enrolls in Allison's class she takes Gracie under her wing. Little Gracie and her fam ...more
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
The latest and second of Petronella McGovern's books, which once again is a pleasurable read. A kindergarten teacher prepares for the new term, having had her husband leave her on New Year's Day without warning. Into this emotional flux comes a late enrolment to her class, with Gracie a young girl with major health issues. So the emotional roller coaster begins with a range of great characters and building tensions, that combine into an exciting thriller. No second book blues here but another ad ...more
Danielle  King
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I literally could not put this book down !
Allison wash is a 49 year old primary school teacher who is currently going through a marriage break up. Gracie is a 4 year old starting at the same school Allision teaches at ,Gracie has a rare type of cancer & in order to distract herself from her own problems Allision does everything she can to help little Gracie .. but does she go too far?
This book kept me guessing right to the very end .
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
This crime / thriller had some good elements, but I found it quite slow.

I didn't engage with the Good Teacher at all, which doesn't help.

I don't want to give anything away, but I did feel like she was very over the top in her actions and reactions. And in the end, this was quite detrimental.

I like that the story was wound up neatly.

I won't be rushing to buy the next book. And this is mainly a reflection on the certainty that there are a lot of books available and ones that I'll truly enjoy, and
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘Allison greeted every child by name as they came into the classroom.’

Life on Sydney’s northern beaches can have its challenges. Kindergarten teacher Allison Walsh is struggling. Her marriage has broken down, her son Felix has chosen to live with his father, and a new student needing additional care has just arrived. Five-year-old Gracie Branson has a rare form of cancer and is having chemotherapy. Poor Gracie: she lost both her home and her mother in a bushfire a few months earlier, and she and
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A twisty-turny, topsy-turvy domestic noir that will keep you guessing! Like a pause at the top of a breath, The Good Teacher was the perfect novel to read in-between some heavier reading (and writing) that have kept me busy.

That's not to say that it's a 'light''s absolutely not. It covers childhood illness, divorce, betrayal and...well...I better not give anything away. But its pace, over-arching mystery and the threat of danger meant it was the perfect distraction from the worries of
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed Petronella McGovern's Six Minutes when it was published in 2019. It's currently up for Ned Kelly and Davitt Awards, which are well deserved. And timely... as McGovern's second book, The Good Teacher has recently been released.

I'd misunderstood this book to be about a well-meaning teacher erroneously accused of something horrendous and having to fight to clear their name... which felt like it'd been done before. But this book is not 'that' and includes a range of weighty but d
Anna Loder
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my type of thriller!!! A community based story that for me was full of kindness and normal people!! I loved it!! The writing was so good, you completely were at the seaside suburb with Allison and Maz. I can’t even describe how on the edge of my seat I was. There were so many red herrings!! I could not put it down!!
Lee Christine
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Good Teacher is a absorbing read with a cast of interesting characters and an intricate plot that kept me guessing until the very end. Thanks to Allen and Unwin for forwarding me an advanced copy of The Good Teacher.
Cassie Hamer
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I galloped through this book and was sorely tempted to read ahead. I'm glad I didn't. Another cracking yarn from Petronella McGovern - love the way she plants these little red-herrings that keep you guessing to the end. ...more
Mandie (allbookedout_with_mj)
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a unputdownable and entertaining read that keeps you guessing all the way! A story filled with kindness but also so full of deception and lies!

When young Gracie is enrolled at Wirriga Public School by single dad Luke after moving to Sydney to treat Gracie's rare form of cancer at the children's hospital, Allison does not realise how much this will affect her life not just in the classroom but outside too!

Allison, the good teacher who has a heart full of kindness is trying to come to terms
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Oh so disappointed .. I loved this author first book ( six minutes ) and gave it 5 stars but this book just seemed so far fetched and not as well developed
Kelly Rigby
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Good Teacher is the first book in ages that kept me sitting up through the night because I absolutely had to finish it. I am reluctant to say much about the plot because I don't want to give anything away, but the story centres on Allison, a woman whose husband has just left her after many years of marriage, and her son has gone with him. She is feeling adrift and embarrassed about what she sees as her life failings when she meets a terminal child in her class, Gracie, and the handsome griev ...more
Teagan C.
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: already-owned
The Good Teacher is an interesting story, but I feel it needs a little forewarning. If you pick it up, and aren't particularly enthralled through the first half, don't worry. Once you hit the halfway point, this book really takes off. It would have been a 5-star read, if not for the slow start and choppy character viewpoints. If you can trundle along through the first half of this book, it's 100% worth the read, you just need to be prepared for it. Another great entry to Australian fiction, and ...more
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
** 4 stars**
I really enjoyed this book, about halfway in I started ti suspect what was happening, but that didn't really spoil the story for me.

This is a slow- burn novel, it takes a while to build, but stick with it. I think it is worth it.

There are some problems I had with this book:
- It is sooo inappropriate for a teacher to take in a student and her family. As a teacher myself, I can see how over stepping that is! It is incredibly kind, but very inappropriate
- The way Allison's husband tr
Dec 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Nowhere near as good as her first!
Vivi Widodo
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Allison, has had her husband left her and in her vulnerable time comes Gracie and her dad, Luke. Gracie is in a rare type of cancer which will need immunotherapy treatment at Chicago. The cost is surely horrendous unaffordable for Luke. A kind gold hearted Allison arranges a campaign for Gracie's treatment fund. While Luke moves to live with Allison, he also works at the gym and starts a relationship with Maz.
It's a good story line though I can predict where the story will go. I feel that the ti
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The title of the book hooked me in straight away……cough, cough nothing to do with me being a teacher hahaha.
‘The Good Teacher’ was an awesome psychological thriller that I totally enjoyed reading. Definitely a page turner that you wanted to know what will happen next to the characters. It was very realistic from start to finish with everything happening in the world today, (everything except the covid). It’s like looking through a window into your neighbourhood. You read how a community get toge
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Petronella McGovern grew up in a large family on a farm in New South Wales, Australia. Farmland and the bush feature strongly in her debut psychological thriller, Six Minutes. Her second novel, The Good Teacher, is set on the sparkling beaches of Sydney, with a dark undercurrent.

She has also co-written two non-fiction books - a travelogue of the 1960s, For Love and a Beetle with Ivan Hodge; and an

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