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 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 smothers Gracie with the 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 a frenzied fundraising drive.

But as others start to question her judgement and the police arrive at her door, Allison wonders if she can trust herself. Has she crossed a line? How far will the good teacher go to change a life? And whose life will that be?

An intriguing tale of our times about kindness and betrayal,
and the danger of good deeds. 

Long-listed for the Davitt Awards, 2021. 
Order through your local bookshop, Booktopia or Amazon or Book Depository.

Published by Allen & Unwin.

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'Ms McGovern said psychological thrillers
allow her to peel back 
the layers.'
"I'm interested in what makes people behave the way they do; their motivations to act
in certain ways."

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'Variously described as fitting in the genre of suburban suspense or domestic noir, McGovern's books take us to people and places we know. And the books are addictive, leaving you guessing to the very end and wanting more.'

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'These talented Aussie authors
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'A compelling and well-plotted second novel, bursting with plenty of twists to keep readers second-guessing themselves...deserves a place at the top of your must-read list.'

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'Petronella McGovern’s new novel,
The Good Teacher, is unputdownable,
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'This is a lively, well-plotted tale about generosity and betrayal.' 
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