For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing @smariedowning @michaeljbooks #samanthadowning #BlogTour #foryourowngood #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review of For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing today as part of the blog tour. With thanks to Kallie at Michael Joseph for the invite to join the tour and for my lovely copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Teddy Crutcher won Teacher of the Year at the prestigious Belmont Academy. Everyone thinks he’s brilliant.
Only you know the truth.

They all smile when he tells us his wife couldn’t be more proud.
But no-one has seen her in a while.

They’re impressed when he doesn’t let anything distract him – even the tragic death of a school parent.
Even when the whispers start, saying it was murder.

You’re sure Teddy is hiding something about what happened that day.

You’re sure you can prove it.

But you didn’t stop to think that when it comes to catching a killer, there’s no place more dangerous than just one step behind . . .


In For Your Own Good we meet Teddy Crutcher, current recipient of the Teacher of the Year award at Belmont Academy. Everyone thinks he’s a wonderful teacher including himself. However is there more to this so called perfect teacher? What follows is a crazy, out of control journey through the privileged corridors of Belmont Academy.

I do enjoy a book with unlikeable and flawed characters. Well, this book certainly had that in abundance. I was so happy to discover the different and at times extreme personalities within this book. It’s also safe to say that on occasion this book had me smiling away. There was so much deviousness and scheming at play. The chapters were short and often to the point. So for the most part this managed to keep my attention focused on the unfolding events in the story.

Samantha Downing introduces her characters well, setting up the story and then equally managing to flip things. Often sending the story in a different direction to what I was expecting. Even though there was a kind of slow burn element to the story. There was always something happening to move things along. Whether it was seeing how far the characters would go after certain events. To experiencing the little surprises dotted throughout. Either way the situations the characters found themselves in often snowballed way out of control. This all combined to create a very twisted tale!

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