Don’t Tell Teacher

Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
4 out of 5 stars (371 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For Lizzie Riley, switching her six-year-old son, Tom, to the local academy school marks a fresh start, post divorce. With its excellent reputation and delightful red-brick building, Lizzie knows it'll be a safe space away from home.   

But there's something strange happening at school. Parents are forbidden from entering the grounds, and inside there are bars across the classroom windows.   

Why is Tom coming home exhausted, unable to remember his day? 

What are the strange marks on his arm? 

And why do the children seem afraid to talk?   

Tom's new school might seem picture-perfect. But sometimes appearances can be deceiving.... 

A chilling psychological thriller for anyone who loved Behind Closed Doors, Sometimes I Lie and The Couple Next Door.   

©2019 Suzy K Quinn (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Addictive, with a genuine shocker of a twist." (Roz Watkins, author of The Devil's Dice)  

"Twisty and menacing." (Ali Knight, author of Before I Find You)

"Deliciously dark; had me gripped from the get-go." (Rebecca Tinnelly, author of Never Go There)    

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Ok, you got me!

Kept me interested from opening sentence up to the very end. Narrator is spot on as she always is. Her variation of the characters voices are perfect.
I nearly always can predict the twists in plot line, but I have to admit, I didn’t see this coming. Highly recommend

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Saved by Imogen Church!

I could listen to Imogen Church read a phone book. She's the most animated, talented narrator!!!! This story was an interesting one. I liked it, until "the twist" was revealed. I was disappointed by "the twist". A true "that's it?" moment. Disappointing that the "mystery" or "thriller aspect" was something so obvious in a story that started about a school where some, maybe, sketchy stuff was going down. If it hadn't been for Church's superb narration, I'm not sure I would have wanted to stick it out until the end!

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Great Story.. SHOCKING Ending, Perfect Narration

Don't Tell Teacher is very well done. I love Imogen Church- she's one of my favourite narrators.

A single mom, Lizzy, divorces her allegedly abusive ex husband and enrolls her child, Tom, in a private school. The private school is a little off. The children seem robotic, and everything is too 'perfect.' When Tom comes home extremely tired with odd bruises, bumps and marks on his body, Lizzy begins to panic. Things get worse when Kate, a social worker, starts to investigate and Lizzy feels the finger is being pointed at her.

This audio book kept me hooked. I listened to all of it in a 24 hour period (I have a very long drive to and from work!). I have to say, I was extremely surprised at the ending- it was one I absolutely didn't see coming. As much as I listen to psychological thrillers, this is highly unusual!

Highly recommend!

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I wasn’t expecting that!!!

Usually, I’m able to guess who the “bad guy” is rather early. I thought I had it pinned down but I was totally wrong! I was stunned. What a great listen!

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Ten hours of Imogen Church is worth a credit

I often shop based on narrator, and Imogen Church is my favorite. This promised to be a dark, psychological thriller, my favorite genre, and it delivered. As for the big twist at the end, this is where the story lost points in my estimation. Without throwing out spoilers, much of the creepiness that I was invested in seemed abandoned for another direction. That said, the author does tie it all together, and I was riveted until the end. Lizzie and Kate are both well developed characters. The creepiness factor of the school is intriguing.

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Ok but

The story was ok a bit of a surprise toward the end and a few red herrings along the way. The narrator was very annoying. Sometimes she would whisper making it hard to make out what she was saying. I get the drama but if I can’t hear you what’s the point?

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Deeply unsatisfying twist

I think the author tried too hard here to develop a surprise ending, one that bares no resemblance to the rest of the book. Had the main character’s POV not been first-person, maybe it would have made sense. As it is, the twist falls totally flat, a trick that isn’t worth the hours it takes to get there.

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I couldn't stand it!!

Usually I love Imogen Church and thought I could listen to her read anything... apparently not! 2 plus hours in , I no longer cared about the big twist. I couldn't listen to those dreadful characters for another minute. 2 hours in and not a single likeable or even bearable person??? No thank you

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Too quiet then too loud!

in the story was okay. I enjoyed the outcome. But trying to listen with earbuds at work was incredibly annoying when half of the narration was quiet whispered and then the rest was aggravated or yelled.

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Sound inconsistent

I love the narrator so much, she creates such a presence during the reading. That said, I think the production was lacking as the volume went up and down. I realise adjusting the strength is vital to convey the mood, but at times I’d have to have the volume all the way up to be able to hear. Then it would switch back and be blaring. Consistency in the sound would make this better and more enjoyable.

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