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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.

Reviews of The Good Teacher


'It takes a good book to keep my attention in lockdown and The Good Teacher did the trick. WOW, WOW, WOW!'
Sally Hepworth, Best-selling author, The Mother-in-Law

'The Good Teacher is gripping, fast-paced and very hard to walk away from. A story of lies, betrayal, secrets, obsession and goodness of the heart.' Happy Valley Books Read

'An absorbing read with a cast of interesting characters and an intricate plot that kept me guessing until the very end.'
Lee Christine, Author, Charlotte Pass


'As with Six Minutes, I found this book compelling and intriguing. Both the characters and the plot are complex, with many twists and turns and red herrings along the way...This is an intriguing exploration of human motivations, why we do the things we do, how we impact each other, and how multiple perspectives of a situation can be simultaneously true.' Cassie, Good Reads, 5 stars

'The Good Teacher is a page turner that kept me guessing...A really interesting and timely theme for 2020 around good deeds, kindness and the flip side of that.' RWR McDonald, Author, The Nancys

'Totally enjoyable with an unpredictable storyline that kept me hooked to the very end.'
Gloria Arthur, Good Reads

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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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Six Homegrown Reads

'These talented Aussie authors
will keep you turning the pages.'

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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,
and she’s here tonight to talk
to us about it.'

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'This is a lively, well-plotted tale about generosity and betrayal.' 
The Sydney Morning Herald

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