For Your Own Good

For Your Own Good

The most addictive psychological thriller you’ll read this year



'Totally the real deal' SARAH PINBOROUGH
'Brilliant' DAILY MAIL
'Irresistibly dark' T.M. LOGAN
'Dark, sly and delicious' J.P. DELANEY
'Absolutely terrific' SARAH PEKKANEN

You want the absolute best for your child, and everyone agrees that's Belmont Academy.

At first you were impressed by Mr Crutcher, with his dedication to his students.

But something isn't right at that school.

It starts with small things . . . A teacher falling sick. Rumours about a former pupil going off the rails. Of course, you never guessed it could end in murder.

And now you have no idea who will be next . . .

'Wonderfully dark and twisty. I raced through it, desperate to know how it would end' B.A. Paris

'Dark as night, sinister as hell, clever, twisting and downright fun' Chris Whitaker

Praise for Samantha Downing:

'Wow! My Lovely Wife is a stunner - full of twists, well-drawn characters, and riveting suspense' Harlan Coben

'The next Gone Girl' Marie Claire

'The twist at the end of the first chapter made me read through the night' Jane Corry


  • Samantha Downing is totally the real deal. Wry and dark and witty and clever. I didn't think she could outdo My Lovely Wife but I think this one tops it.
    Sarah Pinborough

About the author

Samantha Downing

Samantha Downing was born in the Bay Area, and currently lives in New Orleans. Her debut novel, My Lovely Wife, was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and a Sunday Times bestseller, and has been published in thirty languages. It won a Dead Good Reader Award, and was shortlisted for four other major awards: The CWA John Creasey Dagger, The Edgar Award for Best First Novel, The ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel and The Macavity Award for Best First Mystery. Amazon Studios and Nicole Kidman's Blossom Films have partnered to produce a feature film based on the novel. Her second novel, He Started It, was also a Sunday Times bestseller.
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