The Stepmother by Claire Seeber

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Description

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?

My Review – 5 stars

I’ve seen so much about this book on social media, so I was so looking forward to getting stuck in.
It didn’t disappoint me.

In the whirlwind rush of their romance and marriage Jeanie didn’t tell Matthew something about her past.
And it’s coming back to haunt her.
Written from the two perspectives of Jeanie and her sister Marlena, the reader finds out bits and pieces from the past.
Jeanie seems such a pushover at times and I feel people are quick to take advantage of her.
Marlena on the other hand seems very hard and quite pushy.
Frankie, Jeanie’s son, was a lovely lad. A nice well-rounded character, stuck up for his Mum even when things got very strange.
Scarlett and Luke, Matthew’s twin teenagers, were testing to say the very least.

As the reader we don’t know who Jeanie can trust. Someone is scaring her. Why? Is she being paranoid? Are these things really happening?
She is obviously affected psychologically from things that happened in her childhood, and later in her relationships. Is she falling back in to the depression that struck her after previous relationship problems?

The strange happenings and events creeped me out a lot, especially the birds (“all beaks and claws”) as I have a bird phobia!

I like the short chapters. It meant I could always squeeze an extra one in whilst on a break at work.

I just love the cover, very eye-catching.

And we say “mard” in Stoke too!

Publication date 15th July 2016

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