The Stepmother – Claire Seeber (2016)
(4 / 5)
Bookouture are just so darn reliable! I have enjoyed pretty much every book that they have published! This was a great psychological thriller that I just gobbled up like chocolate!
Jeanie moves to her new home, with her new husband and new step children. Things moved quite quickly when she met Matthew, and settling into the role of step mother is proving a bit more difficult than anticipated. Add to that the seemingly haunted house, strange happenings, and the fact that Jeanie has a few secrets that she hasn’t shared with her besotted new husband…
Loved the suspenseful writing in this one! It was gripping and I had a difficult time putting it down! The writing was frustratingly vague on certain details, it was so cleverly put together. You HAD to keep reading!
Loved the characters, the book is told by Jeanie and her little sister, chapter by chapter it goes from one character to another. I really enjoyed the layout. A little bit of info here, neglecting a bit of info there. So at the end it all weaved together. I didn’t see the twist until about 85% of the way through, which is strange for me because I generally guess from much earlier on. And the eerie tone of the book! SO GOOD!
Did I mention I loved the writing??
I want to talk more about the plot and characters but I just keep going back to the writing!
Yet, it was still a 4 star read for me. Solid, but there was just something missing that I can’t put my finger on. I just didn’t enjoy it enough to put it at the top of my list. But it was still a great reliably enjoyable read and I wouldn’t hesitate to check out the authors other work!
Would I recommend The Stepmother?
Yes any psychological thriller fans will enjoy this one with its eerie atmosphere, great story, characters, and did I mention the writing was awesome!?
Big thanks to the author Claire Seeber and Bookouture via Netgalley for a copy of this book to review.
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