A small town with a bad reputation. A troubled new teacher. An aggressive mother with a bizarre agenda. Welcome to Splinter Wood, Pennsylvania.
Fresh out of a mental hospital, Lizanne Demeter is thrilled to get a second chance at her career when she’s hired to teach third grade in the backwater town of Splinter Wood, Pennsylvania.
But hopes for a peaceful new life are ruined when Naomi Seabrook, a demanding ‘helicopter parent’, pushes Lizanne to the brink.
While struggling to maintain control of her classroom, Lizanne begins to unravel the secret behind Naomi’s hell-bent agenda. As deadly clues emerge, Lizanne suspects Naomi is guilty of more than just overindulging her child.
With her life teetering on chaos, Lizanne risks everything to expose the shocking truth. But first, she must race against her own spiraling sanity to prove herself a more dedicated teacher than anyone dared imagine—the kind who makes ALL the difference.
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A REVIEW FROM WENDY AT WALL-TO-WALL BOOKS
Wow! This is one you won’t want to miss! This story has just the rightamount of creepiness to make it fun and interesting. This book has a kind of “Stepford Wives” feel – yeah! its creepy like that.
A great, very original story-line mixed with excellent character development . This one would definitely make a good movie.
Lizanne was soooo weird! But I loved her! She is probably one of the strangest and snarkiest characters I have ever read about. Even with all her quirks she still managed to get into my heart. Its like my brain was saying – Noooo, she is too weird, but my heart was saying – awww come on, you know you love her!Then… the story goes totally off the wall with the whole prison romance! Like where did that come from? The whole time I am wondering “Where is this going, what does this have to do with the story?” Then – an “ah-ha” moment. I think I actually heard music in the back ground LOL. It all came together in the end. Great ending.
This book is definitely a roller coaster ride all the way! If you love creepy, snarky, quirky, and very suspenseful stories – you will love this book!
I do hope Jennifer Soosar continues to write because I certainly want to read more!
SUSPENSEFUL THOUGHTS — Episode 1: “Splinter Wood”
TAYLOR JONES SAYS: In Parent Teacher Association by Jennifer Soosar, Lizanne Demeter is just out of a mental institution and thrilled to be given a second chance to teach. Although she would rather teacher kindergarten, she takes a position in a small town as a third-grade teacher, since that is all she can get. But the position isn’t as lucky a plum as she thinks it is, and Lizanne begins to uncover some dark secrets, the discovery of which only adds to her disintegrating mental stability.
Soosar tells a chilling story of fanaticism, over-indulgence, and megalomania, with a totally unexpected ending. A poignant and compelling read.
REGAN MURPHY SAYS: Parent Teacher Association by Jennifer Soosar is the story of a young woman with mental problems. Lisanne Demeter is an elementary school teacher. It is all she wants to be. But she’s having trouble finding a teaching position due to a gap in her employment history—a gap due to a stay in a mental institution after she had a breakdown. But she has been declared “cured” by her doctors and is now on medication, so she is sure that she’ll be just fine. Desperate to get back in the classroom, Lisanne doesn’t question her luck when she’s offered a position as a third-grade teacher in a small rural town and the principal doesn’t seem concerned about her mental stability. Teaching third grade isn’t her dream—she’d rather teach kindergarten—but with a promise of getting the kindergarten class next year, she happily takes the job. However, it doesn’t take long for Lisanne’s fragile grip on sanity to slip. Under the pressures of a non-supportive principal, an interfering mother, and a creepy school custodian, Lisanne begins to imagine dark secrets lurking beneath the schools civilized façade…or is it really her imagination?
Parent Teacher Association is a fascinating psychological mystery/thriller, with realistic and intriguing characters and some totally unexpected twists and turns you will never see coming. If you want an engrossing, entertaining, and touching story that will also tease your brain, this one is it.
SUSPENSEFUL THOUGHTS — Episode 2: “Teacher”
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Genre: Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller; 80,000 words