The Stepmother The Stepmother

The Stepmother

A gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist

    • 3.8 • 44 Ratings
    • $2.99
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Publisher 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.

A compelling, dark and twisty psychological thriller that will grip fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Teacher.



Readers are raving about The Stepmother:

It was so good I have been hiding in the toilet at work reading this on my phone as I needed to find out what happened!!…Dark and super twisty. A real page turner and I loved it.’ Consumer Reviewer

‘Loved it !!! My god the journey I went on while reading this…From beginning to end I was so hooked on this… Beyond 5 stars.’ (5 stars) Itsy Bitsy Book Bits

‘I don't believe many will be able to put this brilliant novel aside…really hooks you in on every level.’ (5 stars) Booklover Catlady

‘Tension and paranoia rides high in this gripping novel…Don’t start this late at night unless you plan on losing sleep…’ Jenny Blackhurst, author of The Foster Child

‘It's certainly a fast paced and taut thriller…which I guarantee once you start reading it you will find impossible to put down.’ (5 stars) The Book Review Café

‘An all-absorbing, chilling, psychological thriller. My husband could not prise my Kindle out of my hands the weekend I read this!’ (5 stars) Bloomin’ Brilliant Books

Incredible twists and turns that I didn't see coming…a great read that is full of tension that really hooks you in.’  The Coffee and Kindle

‘This one grabs you and doesn't let go... I read it in 3 hours because I simply had to find out what was happening!’ (5 stars) The Suspense is Thrilling Me

‘A clever, intense and fast-paced psychological thriller that left me on the edge of my seat until the very last page!’ Ginger Cat Blog 

‘This is a terrifyingly twisted psychological thriller…a compelling read leading to a sleepless night for the reader.’ (5 stars) Strong Book Reviews

The Stepmother had me turning pages in a frenzy. I was desperate to find out where it was going! A cracking read.’ Cass Green – author of The Woman Next Door

 A dark, twisting thriller that shows all too well how you can never escape the sins of your past.’ Simon Kernick 

An action packed fast paced psychological thriller with lots of characters with dark secrets.’ TBC on FB

Mysteries & Thrillers
July 15
Carmelite House

Customer Reviews

pegg12 ,

Riveting and Fast-Paced

The Stepmother is a very intense, fast-paced psychological thriller.

Jeanie Randall didn’t realize when she married Matthew King, just how hard it was going to be, to make their blended family work. Frankie, her son, had come to blows with her husband more than once, and Matthew’s daughter Scarlett, was taking every opportunity it seemed, to be rude and hurtful to Jeanie. Luke, Mathew’s quiet son, however, seemed to care for his new step-family and was civil and kind to Jeanie. But there was more that tore at Jeanie’s heart, unfortunately, much, much more. And, she felt as if there was no one she could truly turn to.

Jeanie should have told Matthew about her shameful secret before she married him, but she didn’t. Someone, though, found out about her secret and was trying to ruin her reputation and her marriage. Jeanie began to feel as if she was going insane. She couldn’t sleep; heard the walls whispering to her, saw ghosts and was receiving frightening threats pinned onto dead birds.

There are several key players in this book and throughout the novel, I kept changing my feelings about them. I didn’t know who to trust. The Stepmother had me glued to the seat, flipping one compelling page after another. The only thing that took me out of the story was the subplot about Marlena’s journalist work. But all in all, I loved the book, and would recommend giving it a read.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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