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The Classroom by A.L. Bird

40570884Publication Date: September 16, 2018

After years of IVF, Kirsten White is a devoted mum to Harriet – and she can’t believe the time has come to send her little girl off to school. But Harriet has now turned five, and she can’t stay Kirsten’s baby forever. It might be hard, but it’s time to entrust her daughter’s care to her new teacher.

… the classroom is the one place she should be safe.

Miriam Robertson has been waiting for the perfect little girl to walk into her class. She’s very picky… but when Harriet walks in, Miriam knows: this is the child she’s been waiting for.

Harriet knows not to speak to strangers. But her lovely new teacher isn’t a stranger at all. In fact, she’s her new best friend. And you can always trust your friends… can’t you?

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*Thank you to the publisher, HQ Digital, and NetGalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review.

After years of trying to have a child, Harriet came into Kirsten and Ian’s lives. And now, Harriet is five years old and she’s going to starts school. But Kirsten is worried for her child being away from her. Good thing Harriet likes her teacher and it seems that Miriam is also fond of her. Too fond, actually. Because Miriam has been waiting for a perfect child and she thinks she’s found her.

The Classroom is told in alternating points of view of Kirsten and Miriam and a flashback viewpoint from another girl, Becky. The flashback can confuse readers at the beginning but as the story progress, it is evident that it’s connected to the present and holds an important role in the story. Secrets were unexpectedly revealed early on and I must say I am skeptical about how things will unfold. As much as I found the plot interesting and the surprising twist solid, I lost a big chunk of interest after that. The story just went downhill from there and became over the top and unrealistic. It doesn’t help that there are no likeable characters. They are not in any way sympathetic if anything, they are all flawed and unreliable, which haven’t been a problem before for liking a character. I just find it hard to care for any of them. Kirsten is not really as doting as the blurb led us to believe, and the same case applied with Miriam. Being a teacher, it was implied that Miriam is smart and in control, that she’s good at what she does and can handle kids. But when a situation arises that she has to deal with tantrums and such, she’s hopeless. Ian is not any better, he is so fixated on his job and would rather focus on it than his family.

There’s also isn’t much suspense and excitement and the ending came abruptly. That was totally unexpected. I thought there will be more since it seemed like it was building up for a twisty ending, but nope. Just like that, it was over. I was anticipating for a lot more. It wasn’t a bad ending, but I wasn’t too happy about it. I still find it as an okay read considering. Well-written, sure, but for me, it is not something that will keep you turning pages after pages. There may be some out there who might like it, though.

RATING:

3hearts

 

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