The Stepmother by Claire Seeber

The Stepmother

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 secre...

Details The Stepmother

TitleThe Stepmother
Release DateJul 15th, 2016
GenreThriller, Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense

Reviews The Stepmother

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    I finished this book (as of writing this) three days ago and I'm still trying to catch my breath. This, my friends, is how you write a psychological thriller! I had seen the fantastic reviews pouring in, so I was hopeful that it would be a great read, but I've read so many great books lately that I figured I would enjoy it and move on easily enough. I was wrong. I am STILL thinking about this book constantly; the characters, the setting, the tens...
  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...3.5 StarsJeannie and Matthew have had a fairy tale courtship. After years of being let down by so many people, Jeannie has finally found her Prince Charming...Or has she?As the book begins we meet Jeannie's sister, Marlena. She is extremely upset, and is urgently trying to find a taxi. She tells us she will not let this wickedness hide, that she will find out the truth...Jean...
  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    Wow! What an absolutely brilliant journey I've been on with this new novel from Claire Seeber. I started it at midnight and lost lots of sleep as I could not stop reading, it was that good. Devoured it over a few enjoyable hours.A very modern and creative version of the telling of the tale of Snow White.The Stepmother tells the story of Jeanie who marries Matthew and begins the journey of blending Matthew's two children with her own teenage son. ...
  • Linda
    I received a copy of The Stepmother by Claire Seeber through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Bookouture and to Claire Seeber for the opportunity."Something wicked this way comes."And a wicked good read is presented by Claire Seeber. While the fairytale character of Snow White trails across many of these pages, I prefer to see the likes of Hansel and Gretel. Seeber drops the breadcrumbs along the storyline like these two little darlin...
  • Sue
    THE STEPMOTHER by Claire Seeber is a dark twisted psychological thriller based on the story of Snow White and the wicked stepmother who married the handsome prince and was so envious of her stepdaughter, had her killed. New beginnings, and a second chance at happiness!Jeanie and her younger sister Marlene had come from a broken home…and looked after each other. Jeanie, a teacher and her sister a journalist, learned to make their own path. Jeani...
  • Melisa
    I love love loved this story of family drama, loosely based on Snow White. There are so many secrets and shady characters and twists and turns. I love when a book can keep you guessing, and change your guess multiple times throughout. And can we talk for one second about the amazing female thriller writers that come out of the UK? Another author to add to my list of books to look out for. Trigger alert: there is some violence toward animals. Than...
  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    “But what is nice anyway? Nice is so often only on the surface in my experience. The debris usually lies beneath.”2.5 / 3 starsWhile The Stepmother had some plusses going for it, it failed to fully bewitch me.It's touted as a fairy tale retelling but it only barely reaches that mark in that it takes the idea of a stepmother struggling in a new family and gives it a few in between chapter musings about Snow White and age-old stories. The writi...
  • Carolyn
    We all know the story of Snow White, don't we? The wicked stepmother who marries the handsome king and jealous of the her lovely stepdaughter orders her huntsman to take her out in the woods and kill her. This is a tale about a stepmother, but maybe she's not the wicked one in this version and maybe she's the one who should be fleeing for her life.This is a cracker of a pyschological thriller. Jeanie Randall is the stepmother in question, marryin...
  • Lee
    This is one of those books that has short chapters and moves a long at a lightening speed. Jeanie and Matthew get married and both have children from previous relationships so are trying to adapt to a new blended family. Soon strange things begin to happen and they are all directed at Jeanie, blood appearing, a ghost in the mirror, dead animals and very strange noises. What secrets does Jeanie hold and why are these events happening? I really enj...
  • Gary
    I had previously read Claire Seeber's novel '24 hours' which I thoroughly enjoyed so I was looking forward to reading her latest book which I had heard good things about.This is a very good read, a psychological thriller that had me guessing and guessing again. I found it to be a novel that keeps you wanting to read just one more chapter so much so that I read it two sittings.The novel focuses on Jeanie who becomes a Stepmother when she marries M...
  • Janet
    I really wanted to like The Stepmother. I had seen a fair few reviews raving about this book but for me this one fell short.The book is pretty much a modern take on a fairy story, namely Snow White. Jeanie, a school teacher meets the man of her dreams and embarks on a whirlwind romance that culminates in a marriage all wrapped up in the space of six months. We meet her husband and step children and the narrative moves through Jeanie's story and h...
  • Carrie
    Jeanie knows that when she and Matthew marry it won't be easy blending their two families together. Jeanie has a teenage son and Matthew a son and daughter. Matthew's daughter is somewhat resentful of her new stepmother but Jeanie is determined to make things work between the families. However, Jeanie also has a secret that in the rush of her and Matthew's relationship she never actually told Matthew the truth of her past. Now that secret is comi...
  • Meredith
    Dark and disturbing read that I couldn't put down!The Stepmother opens with a passage from Snow White, reminding the reader about the Evil Queen's jealousy of her step-daughter, Snow White. The narrative then shifts to Jeanie, a 43 year old single mother, who just married her prince, Matthew. Matthew has two children of his own, Luke and Scarlett. Jeanie naively believes that their families are going to seamlessly merge together, like the Brady B...
  • abby
    After enduring a disastrous relationship and a career-ending scandal, Jeanie is ready for her Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet and whisk her away to his castle. Enter Matthew King, Jeanie's new husband. He's wealthy, successful, handsome, and head over heels in love with Jeanie. It seems like a fairy tale come true, but there are problems from the start. Matthew's twin teenaged children are slow to warm to her, with daughter Scarlett act...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Really enjoyed The Stepmother – one of those books you read fast so you can find out what the heck is going on, with lots of lovely little twists and turns and some pretty creepy moments too (birds *shiver*) – really hits the spot for an afternoons reading in the sun. Or as we are in the UK the rain. Either way…So Claire Seeber takes on the cliche of the Evil Stepmother and turns it a little on its head with what is basically a modern day r...
  • sue
    This book i have been longing for as I love the last book I read by this author.This is a snappy fast past short chapters book that just leads you to one chapter, then another then another because its definitely going to keep you awake at night, its going to make you put aside any chores in the day if you read in the day time, you just have to read, no....... need to read this in one sitting.Step families are hard at the best of times. This is ...
  • Jules
    This is the first book I’ve read by Claire Seeber, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed this.If you like psychological thrillers and fairy tales, then this may be the book for you. Although, mostly a psychological thriller, there is a hint of fairy tale throughout, as it is loosely based on the story of Snow White, which I love.At first I was intrigued by this story, then I began to feel uneasy, and by half way I started to f...
  • Linda Strong
    There are few of us who don’t know the story of Snow White and the wicked stepmother who married the handsome prince and was so jealous of her stepdaughter, ordered her killed.In this story Jeanie King marries her prince …. Matthew King. Jeanie has a son from a prior relationship and Matthew has two children from a former marriage. Jeanie is hopeful that she can win over the stepchildren and blend the family into one.Jeanie already feels out ...
  • Judy Collins
    A special thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Nice cover! 4.5 Stars Claire Seeber delivers a nightmare of a fairy tale, THE STEPMOTHER A gripping domestic and twisty psychological suspense, with more red herrings than you can imagine. A perfect read for Halloween. Is the stepmother as bad as you think, or is someone making her appear to be? With a devilish twist of Snow White, Cinderella, old hou...
  • Melissa
    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 happen...
  • Petra
    After a whirlwind romance, Jeanie marries handsome, charming and well-off Matthew. She is determined to be a good stepmother to teenage twins Luke and Scarlett and wants her son Frankie to feel secure and happy in their new patchwork family. But it soon becomes apparent that Jeanie and Matthew don't know each other well enough, and then there's the ex-wife, Kaye, of course, who still seems to have a significant presence in their lives. When every...
  • Lisa
    The perfect wife a fairytale family DON'T BELIEVE YOUR EYES!! Jeanie & Matthew are couple who both have teenage children from previous relationships. no one said it would be easy to raise a family of stepchildren but Jeanie & Matthew are strong & want to make it work.& while Jeannie's daughter Scarlett rejects her Jeanie tries hard to win her over, but Jeanie has a past she wants to keep secret she wants buried & now its coming to the surface she...
  • Mayra
    What a painful and dreadful book. It was just one big hot mess. Please do not bother, in all seriousness, The Stepmother is one of the worst books I've finished. Save yourselves and find another book, I wish I had.
  • Susan Johnson
    This book caught my eye because I am a stepmother and know how difficult blended families can be. This book was about so much more. It's about families keeping secrets and how they can rise up to destroy you at a moment's notice. Naïve Jeanie meets her Prince Charming, Matthew, and after a whirlwind romance of 6 months they get married. Jeanie brings her young adult son, Frankie, with her and Matthew has teen-age twins, Luke and Scarlett, who li...
  • Zoe
    4+ starsFast-paced, dark, intense, and suspenseful!This is a psychological roller coaster ride of manipulation, lies, secrets, jealousy, and revenge.The main character, Jeanie, is kind-hearted, confused, and naive. And the supporting characters are selfish, troubled, unscrupulous and in most cases loathsome.The writing is clear and impactful. And the plot is filled with lots of tension, mysterious incidents, and numerous twists and turns.This is ...
  • Chloe
    This is the first book I read by Claire Seeber and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Loosely based on the fairy tale of Snow White it has a lots of twists and turns to keep you completely engrossed.Jeanie has had a rough childhood and after being in a disastrous relationship and a terrible scandal that ended a career, she meets Prince Charming Mathew King. He is rich, handsome and sweeps Jeanie off her feet. They get married and Jeanie is determined to be...
  • shukri
    DNF @40% What kind of bullshit thriller is this? I've never been this bored in my life! The main character was so annoying
  • Joanne Robertson
    I think this book has made my blood pressure rise more than any other book that I have read this year! Honestly, I am quite a patient person normally but by about 70% into this book I was on high level anxiety and screaming “PLEASE PLEASE TELL ME WHATS GOING ON!!!!” I absolutely hate it when I have no idea where the story is going as I am normally Mrs “I KNEW that was going to happen” and so this book is definitely going to be one of my 5...
  • Karen
    The Stepmother by Claire SeeberThis was about a woman named Jeanie who gets married to Mathew, both of them trying to have a blended family with their children. Only someone is trying to scare Jeanie to death. Jeanie is keeping a big secret from her newly married husband. What is it with these psychological thrillers lately, everyone is keeping a secret of their past, that if they only came forward and told the truth they wouldn't have such compl...
  • Holly
    Review to come.