For Your Own Good is more than the title of Samantha Downing’s summer, 2021 release. It’s also the philosophy of one of the book’s main characters, Belmont Academy’s newest teacher of the year, Teddy Crutcher. His single-mindedness precludes the interference of others’ invasive thoughts on his methods, some of which return to demand accountability. 

Infused with oddball, dark humor, this book’s told from multiple perspectives, but beyond that, it reminded me of The Talented Mr. Ripley. Fans of the Netflix series “You” would most likely enjoy this book, though I understand it is to be adapted in its own right by HBO soon.