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The Teacher

The Teacher, February 2024
by Freida McFadden

Poisoned Pen Press
400 pages
ISBN: 1728296218
EAN: 9781728296210
Trade Paperback
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"A fast-paced thriller that will undoubtedly elicit a visceral reaction"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Teacher
Freida McFadden

Reviewed by Laura Mueller
Posted February 5, 2024

Thriller Psychological

Addie Severson is dreading having to go back to high school for her sophomore year... after what happened last year. Even her best friend, Hudson, has been avoiding her for the last six months, so now she has nobody in her corner. On the other end of the spectrum, math teacher Eve Bennett seemingly has it all – an impeccable wardrobe filled with new designer shoes, the perfect marriage with the most popular teacher in school, and a gorgeous home. Saying that Eve is not thrilled to have Addie in one of her classes is an understatement, to say the least. Who knows what Addie is capable of, given the drama of last year? Freida McFadden’s THE TEACHER sets out to deliver a devilishly twisty answer to that question.  


Freida McFans know that nothing is ever truly as it seems in Freida McFadden’s psychological thrillers. McFadden packs plot twist on top of plot twist, so it comes as no surprise that the ending to any of her stories is, well, always a surprise. True to form, McFadden delivers a rapidly paced, salacious tale that will keep even the most tired of readers peeking at the clock in the wee hours of the morning while promising themselves (yet again) that this will be the last chapter they read before going to bed. Unreliable narrator? Not one, but two. Characters to root against? Check. The feeling that you’re a fly on a wall you shouldn’t be anywhere near? Check, check, check! 


If you have never read one of Freida McFadden’s thrillers before, THE TEACHER is likely not your best bet for a first impression of the author. This is because the book does include student-teacher sexual relationships, and this will certainly be a polarizing subject matter, if not disturbing or triggering.   


On the whole, if you’re not put off by the subject matter and are looking for a fast-paced thriller that will undoubtedly elicit a visceral reaction, Freida McFadden’s THE TEACHER won’t disappoint.

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A mind-bending, psychological thriller from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Housemaid!

Something isn't right at Caseham High School. Last year, the school was rocked by scandal: a teacher was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Now, Addie is a pariah and will do anything to get through the year. More than that, she's desperate to keep the truth from coming to light.

Evie, a colleague of the disgraced teacher, is horrified to find Addie in her class. She knows the girl can't be trusted and soon realizes she's being watched—which is dangerous, considering she's hiding something from her husband.

But each has secrets about what happened last year. And someone in this school will do anything to keep them silent.

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