‘Welcome to Belmont Academy, a prestigious school where we expect and get the very best from our students. Let me introduce you to Mr Teddy Crutcher our Teacher of the Year and about whom I think it’s fair to say, he really enjoys teaching lessons ….’ just ask Zach, a straight A student, or then there’s Fallon or …..
Samantha Downing does it again, knocking it right out of the park!!! Gripping, dark, funny, incisive and sharply observed from start to finish. The headcount in this one is spectacularly high, the authorities are inept, some of the characters are devious, cunning or wicked or all three! Some are fist clenchingly entitled and arrogant and a couple you root for but one thing is for sure, they are definitely not dull! Some of the parents are awful, especially the mums, I thought mine had a tendency to the waspish but some of these make her utterly stingless! They take the whole pack of biscuits. The plot twists are excellent and so what more can you ask for! The further you get into the fast-paced storyline it just gets more and more entertaining and it’s impossible to put down. It’s a wickedly, dastardly and darkly funny thriller. The ending is unexpected and absolutely brilliant with just desserts doled out!
Overall this is an easy five-star read. My advice is to go in blind with this one as it’s such fun that any preconceptions would spoil the lunatic, clever rollercoaster ride. This will be a top read of 2021! Highly recommended.
With thanks to NetGalley and especially to Penguin Michael Joseph for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.