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Author: Claire Seeber

Published: 15 July 2016
Reviewed: 28 August 2016

4 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review

 

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 Thoughts & Review:

This is the first book by Claire Seeber that I have read and I am honestly shocked that I’ve not picked up any of her previous books, something I will have to remedy!

The Stepmother tells the tale of Jeanie and Matthew who marry and attempt to live happily ever after as a blended family.  Jeanie finds it hard to connect with her stepdaughter, but is determined nonetheless to be a good stepmother to both of Matthew’s children whilst ensuring her own son is not neglected.  Living in the shadow of Matthew’s ex-wife Kaye adds pressure to the fragile relationships in the house, and Jeanie soon realises she perhaps doesn’t know her new husband as well as she thought.
With secrets running rampant in the family, lies and control are a factor in everyday life for this fragmented family.

By narrating each chapter  from the perspective of Jeanie or her sister Marlena, the reader is witness to both the present day action as well as being able to get some insight into the the shared childhood of the sisters and how events impacted on their lives and relationships.

 
The way in which that the “strange goings on” are written in the narrative are great because it allows the reader to share Jeanie’s unease and bewilderment.
In addition the clever twists in the story mean the reader is captivated and kept guessing as to who could be responsible, and more importantly who is guilty.

Jeanie and Marlena are well created characters, the almost conversational tone whilst narrating makes the reader feel a connection to the characters.  The physical descriptions of them conjured an clear image in my mind, especially when it came to mannerisms each possessed.  The descriptions of the settings are also worthy of note, giving the reader an clear idea of the house and grounds really helps set the scene.

The references to Snow White were both intriguing and slick, they worked very well with Jeanie’s story, making the reader question just what they know about the so-called fairy tale.

Marlena’s journalistic investigation felt a little superfluous, it didn’t detract from the story but I don’t feel like it added anything to it either.

Short chapters make this a quick read, but also a very addictive one.

This is a psychological thriller with a sinister edge!

About the Author

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Claire Seeber is a Londoner who started professional life as a (bad) actress and became a documentary maker, a journalist and a writer of, so far, psychological thrillers. The Observer said of her first novel: ‘a disturbing debut’ whilst The Guardian called it ‘powerful’…she keeps writing whilst also studying psychology and (trying to) to manage a home of slightly feral kids and animals. Luckily she’s got a very nice partner to help too.

To find out more about Claire’s books go to her website or follow her on Twitter @claireseeber

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