Sunday, February 21, 2010

Review: Mystery, Deceit and a School Inspector by Bryony Allen

Was it murder or was it an accident?

If it was murder, who was responsible?

Whatever it was, what are they meant to do about it?

Beaver's Brook Primary School is the subject of a justifiably scathing Ofsted inspection, which rips apart the school and its inhabitants, wrapping them in mystery and deceit.

As an inspector is found dead in the staff room, the fragile lives of the teachers are held to scrutiny and ridicule. Their hopes and aspirations decompose beneath a tirade of no-holds-barred mockery, in which love, ambition, jealousy, passion, guilt and innocence collide with disastrous consequences.

Received from the author for review.

I was a bit hesitant about this at first because of the rather small, densely packed type, however it was quite intriguing. Because it is a British book, it may present some readability issues for those infrequent BBCA viewers, but overall it was quite nice.

This one gets three stars. While I didn't particularly like any of the characters as people, they were very well written. The story itself was a bit slow at times, but was really rather good. It is perhaps a bit better for those who are already inclined towards British fiction.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


Ryan G said...

Sounds interesting. Thanks for the review.

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