For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing @smariedowning @berkleypub @netgalley #thriller #bookreview #bookblogger

Kaceey’s Review:

Ok, everyone! Take your seats! Class is about to begin!

A prestigious prep school. 

Where the expectation is that all the students here will all go on to Ivy League schools. The parents will see to it. The pressure on the students and faculty is mounting. Somethings got to give. Who will break? And what will the consequences be?

Told from multiple perspectives including students, former students, and teachers. Here is your opportunity to put on your detective’s cap🕵🏻‍♀️ and see if you can find enough clues to solve this mystery.

Teddy – The teacher of the Year! He is very selective on who he wants to see succeed. Warning to all students…don’t get on his bad side.

Zach – A straight-A student bound for his Ivy League School until he has Teddy as a teacher.  

Fallon- A former student of Teddy’s. Has she moved on from high school or is she back to seek revenge.  

So many characters, each with their own agenda. And no one’s walking away unscathed.

“Another one bites the dust

Another one bites the dust

And another one gone and another one gone

Another one bites the dust

Hey I’m gonna get you too

Another one bites the dust” 

Songwriters: John Deacon

Another One Bites the Dust lyrics © Queen Music Limited, Queen Music Ltd

You are going to be rooting for (most) of the students, (some) of the faculty, and (all) of the craziness! 

Samantha Downing knows how to write the best thrillers that draw you in immediately and take you on a ride right to the end.

I’ve read a lot of prep school-themed books lately, BUT none of them compare to this madness! 

Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing via Netgalley for an ARC to read and review.

Susanne’s Review:

Well, Snap!  Samantha Downing Does it AGAIN!   

In this Wholly Original, Wildly Wicked, Absolutely Devious Thriller, Ms. Downing delivers a premise that will rock you to your core. 

The BEST Part?:  It is like NOTHING you have ever read before.

Masterfully plotted, with brilliant character development, and a truly deceitful, unscrupulous character, “For Your Own Good” is a novel full of cheating, duplicity, deception, and falsehoods.

Oh and Murder.  Let’s not forget that! 

It’s a novel chock full of Murder too.  From that, you can’t run or hide.

When it comes to what takes place at Belmont Academy, what is real and what is not?  

Who can you trust to have your best interests at heart, if not those in charge at an Institution of Higher Learning?  One word of advice, if I may, however?  Be alert. Be very alert.  

Oh, and one more:  If you’re reading this, go into it blind.  Your enjoyment of it will grow exponentially.

A tad sick and seriously demented “For Your Own Good” may just be my favorite of Samantha Downing’s novels to date (even though I LOVED “My Lovely Wife” and believe I described it as “A Brand of Crazy All its Own”).  Why do you ask?  Because the premise of this is unlike anything I have ever encountered. So engrossed was I, that once I started this I was unable to come back up for air until I read the last page.  

Mind-blowing, and utterly fabulous, “For Your Own Good” is the best thriller I’ve read all year.  I highly recommend this masterful novel to one and all.  A new addition to my Goodreads Best-of-List for 2021! 

A buddy read with Ms. Kaceey that both of us loved.

Thank you to Ms. Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group (and NetGalley)  for the arc. 

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