Book Review: The Teacher DS Imogen Grey #1, by Katerina Diamond.

27 Apr
Book Review: The Teacher  DS Imogen Grey #1, by Katerina Diamond.

This is the first book in the series of Detective Imogen Grey. I have had The Teacher on my shelf for quite a while. It was the title and the cover that drew my attention to the book.

Will I be continuing the series? Keep reading to find out!


You think you know who to trust? You think you know the difference between good and evil? You’re wrong…

The body of the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school is found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall.
Hours earlier he’d received a package, and only he could understand the silent message it conveyed. It meant the end.
As Exeter suffers a rising count of gruesome deaths, troubled DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles must solve the case and make their city safe again.
But as they’re drawn into a network of corruption, lies and exploitation, every step brings them closer to grim secrets hidden at the heart of their community.
And once they learn what’s motivating this killer, will they truly want to stop him?
This is a psychological crime thriller in a class of its own.
WARNING: Most definitely not for the faint-hearted!

Published March 10th 2016 by Avon

My Thoughts:

The Teacher follows new partners Detective Imogen Grey and Detective Adrian Miles. They find themselves paired together after both suffering from problems in their previous posts.

The two detectives are about to stumble upon some horrendous murders and are on a race against time as more murders, each as gruesome or even more gruesome than the last are committed.

The first few chapters of the book bring up many seemingly completely different and unrelated characters. It took concentration to remember who was who, as none of the characters seemed to be linked at first.

The descriptions in this book of the murders were the most gory and gruesome that I have ever read. I have read a lot of murder books!!! At times, it seemed I was only reading about killings and I wanted the plot to hurry up a bit, instead of so many people getting killed and me not knowing why or how they were linked. When I discovered the link and it all made sense who and why all the characters were linked it all seemed to click into place.

I like Detective Grey and it is for her that I will continue with this series. If book 2 is as filled with the gore, I may not continue to book 3. The murder scenes were so graphic that if this were a film, I would not watch it. This Author has a very dark imagination! Perfect for crime fiction!

The Teacher had a very high standard to follow after the recent crime books I had read. As a serial crime fiction reader, books need to be better and better to impress me. I liked The Teacher, but it won’t feature on my top ten of the year.

Have you read any Detective Grey books? Is book 2 just as gory? Let me know your thoughts.




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9 responses to “Book Review: The Teacher DS Imogen Grey #1, by Katerina Diamond.

  1. Lindsey

    April 28, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    I keep seeing this book crop up everywhere but haven’t actually read it myself yet. Not sure I’m up for really gory scenes, aha! Fantastic review!

    • chocolatepages

      May 2, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      yes, I saw it about a lot too. The cover looks intriguing, it doesn’t seem gory from the cover. It really is though.

  2. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles

    April 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    I have met the author and she’s a bubble of smiles and joy, but yeah, I’ve read that her series is quite… dark! I have one of her books on my TBR and need to give it a try, but I’ll have to choose my time cleverly as I don’t enjoy gruesome scenes too much! Great review, as usual, lovely! xx

    • chocolatepages

      May 2, 2019 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks Meggy. I don’t mind the odd gruesome scene, but there were a lot in this book. I will still give book 2 a go though.

  3. stephaniesbookreviews

    April 30, 2019 at 12:55 am

    This is one of my favorite series! The first couple books are super dark, but they get (a little) lighter after that. This first book is probably my least favorite of the series (though I still liked it), so I’m optimistic you will like the series more as it goes on.

    • chocolatepages

      April 30, 2019 at 5:28 pm

      That is good to know Stephanie. Thank you. If book 1 was your least favourite then I’m sure I will enjoy the rest of them too. I am interested to see what happens next with Imogen.

  4. irena_bookdustmagic

    May 5, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Ohh, this book is published by the publishing house I work at, in my country, and it is very popular. I have to admit that I haven’t read it, but since I am not a fan of too gory scenes in my books, I don’t think I will.
    I liked your honest review, and if you decide to pick up book 2, I hope you will like it more.
    P.S. Please check your wordpress profile because the web address of your blog does not preform well, I think there’s a perion before www or sth like that that couses the bug. I just wanted to let you know.

    • chocolatepages

      May 5, 2019 at 3:15 pm

      Thanks Irena. I will look at the web address. That’s good your publishing house publish this book. Do you mean in Croatian? I’m glad it’s popular there.

      • irena_bookdustmagic

        May 6, 2019 at 12:19 pm

        Yes, in Croatian. 🙂
        In other news, you link works fine now, so it was probably just a bug.


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