Patrick Owen managed seven years at Highfields Secondary School without punching a pupil in the face. Unknowingly drawn into a war against his own pupils, Patrick’s patience finally snaps as he finds himself the number one target with the boy the school just can’t seem to expel. When one of his art students needs his help, she unwittingly pulls Patrick further into the line of fire, altering their lives forever. With the media circling and rumours of his involvement reaching new highs, Patrick must escape the world he lives in, or face the consequences.
Patrick Owen used to be in a band and though not massive like some artists, they did alright at the time. After a bit of a fall out Patrick finds himself in the world of teaching. Now teaching has never been a job that really appealed to me, especially teaching high school students. After finishing this novel it appeals to me even less.
I think the novel, even though fiction, raises the awareness of how vulnerable teachers can be in today’s world. With children having more rights than ever before, it can leave adults and other children a like open to all sorts of unpleasant situations.
Patrick is quite a weak character but you can’t help but have empathy for what he’s going through, though a lot of the time he doesn’t help himself. What starts off as a fairly light read ends up turning into something really dark and disturbing and I was just so glad that what was happening to Patrick wasn’t happening to me.
Denis is a pupil that may well be misunderstood or has issues, either way I feared and loathed him along with all the other pupils and teachers in school. He really is a nasty piece of work. To be brutally honest I had no empathy for his character all throughout the story as there is nothing worse than a bully and quite an evil one at that.
The Art Teacher, like me, may not be your typical genre of books, but, if you love a book to take you by surprise and is quite dark with twists and turns, you are going to love it. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more by the author.
My thanks to Lucy at Legend Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
The Art Teacher is out today and available to purchase from Amazon.