Jeanie and Matthew are a happily married couple who both have teenage children from previous relationships.
No one said it would be easy to raise a blended family under one roof but Jeanie and Matthew are strong. They will make it work.
And whilst Jeanie’s step-daughter Scarlett rejects her, Jeanie will just have to try harder to win her over.
But Jeanie has a past. A terrible secret she thought she’d buried a long time ago. And now, it’s coming to the surface, threatening to destroy her new marriage.
Someone is playing a terrifying game on Jeanie and she must put a stop to it once and for all.
After all, a fairytale needs a happy ending…doesn’t it?
Mirror, Mirror, here I stand
Who is the fairest in the land?
Wilhelm Grimm, Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Once upon a time there was an author called Claire Seeber who wrote a novel called The Stepmother, now from the opening chapter I can tell you it’s anything but a fairy story, it’s a dark and twisted read, full of malice and intrigue. Based loosely on Snow White with a twist Claire Seeber has written a very tangled and shocking tale. Jeanie marries Matthew thinking they will have the “perfect” marriage, but throw into the mix teenage children from previous relationships that just happen to resent Jeanie from the start, and a terrible secret that Jeanie forgot to share with her new husband, and you just know things aren’t going to go well, the sense of foreboding permeates throughout this intriguing read.
Almost before their signatures have dried on their wedding certificate things start to go wrong for Jeanie and Matthew and someone starts to play terrifying games which will drive Jeanie to the edge and place her relationship with her new husband in jeopardy. Throughout The Stepmother I found myself constantly “second guessing” where the plot was going, and who was behind the dark and evil games, which to me shows the signs of a well written novel, with a well developed plot. The story is told from the points of view of Jeanie and her sister Marlena, I found them both to be unreliable narrators at times, but rather than distract from the read it added to my own uncertainty and I found myself trusting none of the characters.
The Stepmother addresses some of the issues that come of merging families, and although Claire Seeber’s novel goes to the extreme I found the feelings of insecurity faced by Jeanie’s step children very credible, as was the tension between various characters throughout the story. It’s certainly a fast paced and taut thriller, at times I found my heart in my mouth as The Stepmother reaches its terrifying and heart stopping conclusion. Disturbing and compelling Claire Seeber has written a deliciously disturbing psychological thriller, which I guarantee once you start reading, you will find it impossible to put down, I read it in almost one sitting it was that good. If you love a psychological thriller then you don’t want to miss reading The Stepmother in fact I suggest you go and pre-order a copy NOW.
I just have to say I’m not usually drawn to a book cover, but I absolutely love this one Bookouture do a amazing job at producing covers for their books, and this one would look great on my bookshelf unfortunately it’s only available as a kindle book, which is such a real shame.
My thanks to publishers Bookouture for my ARC in exchange for a honest review
5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5
Print Length: 345 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (15 July 2016)