Review of The Stepmother by Claire Seeber

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Release date: July 15,2016

Publisher: Bookouture

Genre: Psychological thriller

Goodreads blurb: 

The perfect wife. A fairytale family. Don’t believe your eyes…

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?
A compelling, dark and twisty psychological thriller that will grip fans of Behind Closed Doors, Between You and Me and The Teacher. 


Everyone has heard the tale of Snow White, but no one has done a retelling quite the way Claire Seeber has. Yes, this book is loosely based on the old fairytale but with a very modern and twisted spin on the old classic. 

If you follow me on social media you may have noticed that I am a sucker for flowers and books, so I adore this cover. It’s simply beautiful and I need a print copy to add to my library now.

Jeanie recently married Matthew after a rather whirlwind affair. Now she’s just moved into his creepy old estate and is trying to merge two families. There is Matthew’s teenage twins, Luke and Scarlett, Jeanie’s new adult son Frankie, the ex wife Kaye and Jeanie’s sister Marlena. All of this colorful cast of characters have secrets riddled in their pasts, but things are not revealed until the very end.

I was very sympathetic to Jeanie as she truly wants and maybe even deserves to have that fairytale life that every little girl dreams of. There are many hints about her own secrets and troubled past and I was dying to know what she was hiding throughout the book. She seems to be so fragile especially as the story unfolds and she is taunted and provoked so horribly. She becomes paranoid and skittish, but with the creepy things happening in her new home, no one could possibly blame her.

This book is gripping and action packed right from the start. Told primarily from Jeanie’s perspective there are brief interludes from Marlena that I enjoyed. She actually speaks directly to the reader which makes one feel as if they’re having a real conversation with her.

There are so many different angles being played and so many manipulations taking place that I found myself questioning things almost as much as Jeanie was. A sociopath is lurking and is messing with people’s lives in majorly creepy ways, but who is this person…

This book has everything I look for in a good psychological thriller; intrigue, mounting tension, suspense, action, and drama. There was nothing that I felt was missing, and as the twists and turns were revealed I was completely fascinated and hanging on every word.

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks so much to Netgalley and Bookouture for my copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. 

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