The Good Teacher by Petronella McGovern. (2020).
**3.5 out of 5 stars**
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 give her own son. When Gracie has a chance to go to America for treatment, Allison whips up the community into fundraising. But as others start to question her judgement and then the police arrive at her door, Allison wonders if she can trust herself. Has she crossed a line? How far will she go to change a life? And whose life will that be?
After loving the author’s previous novel (Six Minutes), I was really looking forward to this one. I don’t think this one was as good but it is still a fairly enjoyable read. It took me a while to warm to Allison to be honest. I felt for her in relation to her husband leaving her out of the blue after twenty plus years, but stalking him was a bit much. What really got me was one scene near the beginning where she literally compared her husband leaving her to someone’s wife dying…come on now, that’s nowhere near the same Allison! However she definitely had a kind heart and good intentions and that shone through despite her at times dubious actions. As far as the storyline, it starts a bit slowly and then speeds up after Gracie leaves for treatment, leading to a huge shock for majority of the characters.
Overall: I think a lot of readers would enjoy this contemporary domestic drama/thriller, particularly if you like a few twists in an intriguing storyline.