The Drama Teacher by Koren Zailckas

The Drama Teacher

By the New York Times bestselling author of Mother, Mother and Smashed, a propulsive new thriller featuring a devious and unreliable narrator who will do anything to give her family a better life.Gracie Mueller is a proud mother of two and devoted wife, living with her husband Randy in upstate New York, her life complicated by the usual stressors and tedium—young children, marriage, money—and she’s settled down comfortably enough. But ...

Details The Drama Teacher

TitleThe Drama Teacher
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherCrown Publishing Group (NY)
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Reviews The Drama Teacher

  • Katie B
    Grace Mueller is a con artist and if you can't stand unlikable characters this book probably isn't for you. She's the mother of two and in order to keep up their lifestyle she comes up with some crazy moneymaking schemes and eventually everything spins out of control. While the book was entertaining enough as I half rooted for Grace to get caught for her schemes and also half wanted her to get away, I didn't really feel like this was the most sat...
  • Fran
    Erin Grace Aelish had an emotionally devastating childhood. Her father expected an extravagant lifestyle while mother insisted upon doing away with waste. Continuous fighting ensued until Grace, at the tender age of ten, chose to go to Belfast with her dad. Eventually, their money ran out and Dad embarked upon "cost cutting" measures. Why not hook up with a "cash cow" as a means of saving on rent? Leaving Belfast, dad rented a cottage on the Isle...
  • Susan Kennedy
    I honestly was on my way to hating this book. It has a long drawn out beginning that was a bit boring and hard to follow. Close to the half way point, the main protagonist allows someone to drown and the book changed for me at the point. Kind of makes me wonder about myself a bit. This book is just full of lies, deceit and cons. She is a con man and she learned it all from her father and then continued to learn from her husband. Everything she di...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    vai my blog:'Too old to play the ingénue, I took on the role of pampered housewife instead.'Gracie Mueller isn’t about to let her husband sink the perfect life she has created for her precious family. With their home in foreclosure, she is grasping to save them from financial ruin. Luckily for her, she has skills that her husband doesn’t even know about. Her past has been shrouded from him, that other self is dead. If she has to turn his gaz...
  • Michelle
    I read Koren Zailckas' Mother, Mother and I loved it. This one was just a no brainer for me as far as requesting a copy. It arrived in the mail and I was thrilled. Sadly, I REALLY struggled to get through this book. I contemplated not finishing it several times. Nearly every time I picked it up I wanted to put it back down. This saddens me so much. Gracie Mueller is kidnapped by her con artist father at a young age and he teaches her everything s...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Wow. I'm actually really torn on what to think about this novel. This is a character study of a woman who endured a difficult childhood with a crazy father. This shaped her adulthood and set her on a path that she does not know how to get out of. Told strictly through Gracie, traveling from her childhood to her present day, the author takes you right into Gracie's thoughts, her fears, her intelligence and her manipulative ways. Somehow, I never g...
  • Rebecca
    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance egalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5, rounded up. As many other reviews have stated, if you are not a fan of unlikeable narrators, this will not be a story to pick up, as the main character, Gracie, does a number of things that to her, are in the name of survival, but might be unpalatable to those who don't have her history. It takes time to reveal her full history, but the story of ...
  • Janelle
    Review to come
  • Kim
    Geeze this book was a wild ride! Talk about unreliable narrators. A twisty turny psychological read that will keep you fully engrossed. Some technical details were off but hey you can't win them all. The narrator is a true scam artist. Any scam will do. She runs all kinds of scams. This book is a plethora of scams. The reader finds themselves wondering how soon the narrator will be caught in her web of lies. But that turns out to just be the tip ...
  • Anne
    I'm a sucker for flawed characters or unreliable narrators so this one was a thrill ride for me! When we first meet Gracie she appears to be a loving mother of two young children who is bored as a stay-at-home mom and is simply attempting to make friends--well, at least rich friends who can spend money without worry. We soon discover her husband's schemes have landed their house in foreclosure and now she must scramble to find a way out. Fortunat...
  • Denise
    I loved Koren Zailckas's MOTHER, MOTHER, so I was super excited to be granted an ARC of THE DRAMA TEACHER by the publisher and Netgalley in return for an honest review. In all honesty, I could not put this book down!THE DRAMA TEACHER contained all of the elements that I love in a novel: fantastic character development, a plot full of roller coaster twists and turns, tension, suspense, love and an unreliable narrator. In this case, the narrator wa...
  • Amber Machado
    So, i won a copy of The Drama Teacher by @KorenZailckas on @goodreads its a good read! I read the whole book in one afternoon and it was definitely awesome! Gracie is very good con artist and manipulator that is until things go crazy and over her head! Check it out!!
  • Kayo
    From other reviews, I had expected to like this more. Seemed a bit overdone, like it was trying to hard. Thanks to author, publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
  • Helen
    Thanks to Penguin First to Read for providing a free uncorrected proof for review. (There were definitely many cases missing letters/words and missing/misplaced punctuation that will hopefully be fixed when published. One sentence of dialogue was cut off, so I'm curious about its content.)I was pleasantly surprised by quality of the writing and the consistency of the plot. Our protagonist, former conwoman Gracie, is riveting from the start -- whe...
  • Ceelee Sunshine
    Thank you First To Read for giving me a free advanced copy of this amazing book, in exchange for my honest review!I thoroughly enjoyed The Drama Teacher It worked for me on so many levels. Being a music/theater major in college and occasionally after working in the profession, I really enjoyed the parts concerning the theater. I also thought the author did a great job with the characters. I thought they seemed real and believable without too much...
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    The Drama Teacher by Koren Zailckas is a highly recommended drama about a con artist.Gracie Mueller is a habitual liar, a con artist and the mother of two. She learned her craft from her father, and later her husband, Oz. Once Oz was put in prison in the UK, she took her fake passport and headed to the USA with her son where she eventually "married" Randy. Now she's the mother of two and Randy has moved to Florida for his job. Their home in upsta...
  • Laura
    The Drama Teacher by Koren Zailckas is a real page turner: A con-mom grifter-thriller in the vein of Catch Me If You Can. The story is timely - a confident, adept female protagonist, even a criminal one in these tumultuous times, is apt to find more fans than ever.The story centers around single mom Gracie Mueller with two children by different fathers, trying to make a living while dodging the ghosts of her past. This could be a bit tedious in t...
  • Nancy
    Thank you to the First to Read program for the offering of The Drama Teacher. Initially I was not crazy about Grace. The novel begins with Grace at a resort pool near Woodstock, New York. Grace sneaks her daughter and son into the pool and she then befriends another woman at the pool, Melanie, who is very well off. Melanie is taken in by Grace and her need to help others. Grace is trying to cobble together a life for her children while her husban...
  • Stella
    I'm a big fan of Koren Zailckas and her writing. There's a truth to her writing. Smashed was raw and open and painful and the reason that I was excited to read The Drama Teacher. It took me awhile to get started. I read the first chapter - felt it was very chick-lit/thriller - and put it down for about a week. After picking it back up, I found, instead, a character study of a woman who only knows how to lie and con people for her own gain. Gracie...
  • Sally Stieglitz
    The Drama Teacher by Koren Zailckas Gracie Mueller, mom of two and deliciously unreliable narrator, begins by outing herself as huckster/scam artist/liar, manipulating suburban moms and country club accounts to provide for her family while avoiding financial difficulties created by her current husband Randy’s poor luck in the real estate bubble and drug habit. When a easy mark offers Gracie an opportunity to separate the mark from her money, an...
  • Justina
    This one was a bit of a slower book and I considered stopping a few times throughout reading it. I did end up finishing it, but it was just okay. There were parts where it would start to get exciting, but then would just fizzle out again. Gracie and her two kids live in the Catskills; her husband, Randy, spends most of his time in Florida trying to run his real estate business. Times have been hard and money is tight; the bank is foreclosing on t...
  • Octavia
    "If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will of course frantically try to clamber out. But if you place it gently in a pot of tepid water and turn the heat on low, it will float there quite placidly. As the water gradually heats up, the frog will sink into a tranquil stupor, exactly like one of us in a hot bath, and before long, with a smile on its face, it will unresistingly allow itself to be boiled to death" [Daniel Quinn's retelling...
  • Lorna Gundaker
    Thank you to First Reads for an ARC of this book. This novel takes a form that is very popular now—-the unreliable narrator. Gracie Mueller is an intelligent, manipulative, skillful liar and con artist. These are skills she absorbed early in childhood from her crazy, unstable father, and, following a pattern, her first husband. When Gracie’s second husband begins to have money problems, she turns to her con artist’s skills to provide the li...
  • Ann
    What does it say about me that I liked this novel's main character, this seemingly merciless con artist? I like to think it's not so much me as it is Koren Zailckas's skill with character development. The author succeeds in making me sympathize with Erin/Grace/Tracey/Marianna despite the fact that she is a ceaseless grifter with two young, impressionable children in tow. Zailckas does this by alternating the main character's present cons with her...
  • Lauren
    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This was the first novel I've read by Koren Zailckas - I read Smashed in my early 20s and quite enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to this book. Zailckas's writing style is fantastic - she engages the reader and there were many times that I didn't want to put the book down. That being said, the story is a little all over the place and there were times that ...
  • Shandra Locken
    This was an ARC - apologies for taking so long to finish. I actually read two other books in between starting and finishing this one. I would not call this a thriller, literary fiction is more accurate. The second half of this book was easier to get through than the first half. There seemed to be too many plotlines and timelines and it became a little tedious. They all did converge in the 4th quarter of the book and then I became much more invest...
  • Stephanie Nelson
    I can say that I truly loved this book. It was different then any book I have ever read, as far as the plot and storyline is concerned, and it really kept my interest all the way through. The story follows a woman who is forced to change her identity and life numerous times to outrun her past. She also has two children she drags through everything with her, and in the end the life she makes with them and a new love finally forces her to acknowled...
  • Susan
    This started out interesting - I mean who doesn't love a con, right? But the going back and forth between past and present and ALL the cons piled on one another got very confusing and made me not care much for the central character. However, I will admit that the epilogue did bump this up from one star to two. It was clever - possibly too clever and not for anyone who wants to identify and care about what happens to the main character.