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.
“A psychological suspense with more than a few surprise twists…” Amazon review
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Reviews for PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION:
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!
WENDY, WALL-TO-WALL BOOKS
A very suspenseful novel, PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION had me holding my breath at times as my eyes quickly skimmed the words trying to discover what was going to happen next. Ms. Soosar keeps Lizanne (and the reader) under an even strain throughout the book. She never telegraphs the outcomes of certain situations either (especially the ending), which I very much appreciated. PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION is almost like a cozy mystery, however, there is some profanity and brief mature situations, though no sex. Highly recommended for fans of the suspense/mystery genre.
JAMES FISHER, BOOKS AND BENCHES
Woah! I was not expecting that! When I saw a review of this book from a friend, I knew that I had to read it. I was enthralled with the idea of a suspenseful story with an educational setting. As a new teacher myself, the book peeked my interest.
There was so much going on with this book! I first thought that it was going to be a simple thriller of a teacher dealing with a crazy mom, but there was way more to that. My mind was boggled as secrets began to unravel about the town and the school. It took me almost a week to understand how I felt about this book because I could not stop thinking about it. It affected me so much that I found myself searching up information to make sense of certain things (Don’t get me started on the pinworms!). By the way, that ending! I was not expecting it! Overall, this was a very well written book. It affected me more than I was expecting. It was suspenseful and mysterious. I hope Jennifer Soosar writes another book in this genre!
VONNIE, VONNIE’S READING CORNER
•••I thoroughly enjoyed this book! In fact, once started, I couldn’t put it down! It’s by turns fabulously creepy, laugh-out-loud hilarious and incredibly suspenseful – an all-round excellent good read! I loved the dialogue and Lizanne’s internal torments.And I’d like to add that sometimes you feel like reading something refreshingly original and this book is that!Talk about an unreliable narrator! But, a hilariously compelling one. Is she nuts or is the town of Splinter Wood insane? No spoilers from me, so I’ll say no more than to highly recommend this über-creepy, funny, entertaining read. Jennifer Soosar, I very much look forward to your next novel!
LISA de NIKOLITS, THE MINERVA READER
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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.
Parent Teacher Association by Jennifer Soosar is the story of a young woman with mental problems. Lizanne 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, Lizanne 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 Lizanne’s fragile grip on sanity to slip. Under the pressures of a non-supportive principal, an interfering mother, and a creepy school custodian, Lizanne 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.
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Genre: Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller; 80,000 words
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