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Mickey Hoffman was born in Chicago, and attended public schools where she acquired the strong suspicion that some of her teachers might be human. She wasn't able to prove this fanciful thinking until much later, when she became a high school teacher herself.Before landing in the halls of academia, she worked in a variety of jobs, including computer typesetting and wholesale frozen fish sales. The author is also a printmaker and painter and resides on the West Coast with her long suffering mate, eight marine aquariums and a very large cat. School of Lies is her first novel.
on June 19, 2012 :
Mickey Hoffman’s School of Lies creates a very believable high school where politics, money, sex and power vie with the need or desire to protect and educate. Standard High is an inner-city failing school, last resting place of failing teachers and students. Quiet Kendra Desola really isn’t the only one who’s concerned for her special ed students, and Vice Principal Zant probably isn’t the only cynical in-it-for-himself administrator. But when news filters through the grapevine, via the unions, of something wrong in Standard High, Kendra searches for strength to find an answer.
Beset from the start by threatening emails, Kendra’s trying to keep a low profile while the police investigate recent events. But soon Kendra forms her own theories, putting the facts and inferences together, and proving to be a dogged detective in her own right. The story picks up speed as the investigation stalls, and there are lots of surprises in store.
The characters, both adults and children, are entirely plausible, with well-written dialog and totally believable motivations. Misunderstandings, misleadings and missing clues combine to make this an interesting mystery and an absorbing look at modern education—a truly enjoyable novel with a complex plot, pleasing protagonist and satisfying conclusion.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the publishers in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)