Book Review – The Pupil by Dawn Goodwin


The Pupil

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  The publication date is August 7, 2018.  Katherine Baxter is a stay-at-home mom.  She and her husband have two children.  They met when Katherine was waitressing and he basically rescued her from a life of poor paying dead-end jobs.  There are many vague references throughout the book that Katherine caused something tragic to happen shortly after she was married but that part of the story remains a mystery until the end of the book.  Because of this incident, Katherine’s husband has become very controlling and overly protective of her and when she wants to take a writing course and pursue writing a novel, her husband is not supportive.  During Katherine’s writing class she meets Sam, the class instructor and also a famous author and his wife, Viola who is a literary agent.  Sam reaches out to Katherine at the end of the course, offering to mentor her with respect to her book while his wife offers to represent her to get it published.  There is an air of mystery as to what Sam and Viola really want from Katherine.  While Sam’s motives appear too good to be true, Viola appears to be threatening.  I found the story to drag at times and I quickly grew tired of Katherine’s husband’s dominance and expectations of her.  I felt that he married her so that he would have someone to run after him to ensure that all aspects of his life ran smoothly.  If this is being billed as a thriller, I have to say that I have read better.

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