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?
©2016 Claire Seeber (P)2016 Bookouture
Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true
The narration was first class.
I don't often get emotional at books, but this one did bring tears to my eyes at one point. I feel sure this must be because the characters are so well drawn that I was thoroughly engaged with them.
This is a great book. Well written, excellent, well drawn characters and interestingly story that certainly kept me gripped. I couldn't put it down.
I would happily recommend this based on the intensity of the story. Begin with a basic fairy tale 'Snow White' and sink rapidly into unhappiness, lack of trust, so many secrets, jealousy, fear and confusion. When all Jeanie wanted was to live happily ever after with her beau, she didn't realise how difficult it would be to blend the families with so many external influences. Step-Mother's tend to get a bad name but sometimes it's not as simple as that. There were so many twists and turns to endure, it felt like a dead-end and then would ramp into another moment of tension. There were a few 'sick' incidents so if you have a *trigger* for animal harm beware.
I would like to think Jeanie would be my favourite but at times she was just too nice or weak, her character came across as downtrodden and wishy washy, maybe she was simply worn out with all the events. In which case her sister Marlena probably grabbed my attention the most. She was harsher, abrupt, not an overly likeable person but she does show a softer more dependant side and actually has a pretty big secret of her own! On that basis she added some fire to the story. Scarlett came a lose second, the spoiled little 'princess' daughter. Again a slight *trigger* for self-harming.
Personally the answer to that would be no. Her voice grated on my nerves when she was reading Jeanie's character. I think I might have perceived Jeanie slightly differently had I 'read' the book instead of listened. The majority of the audio was ok but the narration certainly knocked the overall score of the book down for me which is rather unfair to the author because she did a fabulous job with the story.
It didn't cause a laugh or cry reaction but it was certainly very tense in places. I found myself saying just one more chapter and so it would go on, I never quite got to a point where I wanted to take a break because I was desperate to find out what would be revealed next. So a level of high enjoyment was definitely achieved.
As with any story there are always a few niggles .. my major gripe with this one is Jeanie managed to marry Matthew without disclosing her BIG secret. Has she not heard of social media and the story getting out! Also as a mother it didn't ring too true with me when Jeanie's son Frankie was accused of something by Matthew and she didn't stand up for him. Nevertheless it was a brilliantly written story and I enjoyed Claire's easy style. Put aside a few hours and savour this one.
Many thanks to Kim at Bookouture for the audio version in exchange for my honest opinion.
It is so telling (in a good way) that the name of the main character has already slipped from my memory. What I actually enjoyed about this novel was not so much the storyline but the way it was crafted. In short: I like the way the author writes. Her characters are authentic. The narration was excellent, especially the portrayal of Marlene. I thoroughly recommend this audio book.
Yes. It was gripping and well read. I was kept guessing to the end.
I liked her voice.
No I like to listen over time.
Written as story of the new stepmother not a bad but messed up girl who found her dream marriage not a fairy tale
Sad after her dreadful childhood
Recommended as good read
tried as hard as I could to get into this book, got up to chapter 8 and it was boring me. so I gave up Cathy skely x
"Impressive, worthy thriller!"
I would really recommend this audiobook. It was suspenseful, interesting and got me hooked right from the start. I liked the main character, because she was realistically flawed, sentimental and real, but also smart.
The plot contains plenty of elements of suspense and even some supernatural creepiness. I loved the big, secret-filled country house that was home to the family. Our protagonist is a newlywed, having found her dream husband mid-life; along with wedded bliss comes a not-so-awesome stepfamily, with teenage kids and a meddling, snotty ex-wife. The characters were fairly well-drawn out, and I liked the realistic aspects of life in a blended family. When things start getting more and more strange, expect to be shocked and on the edge of your seat while our protagonist works out what is really going on- or does she? This was a fun, suspenseful thriller that kept me guessing, with plenty of characters to keep you engaged. Recommended!
"Twisted thriller took me on a ride"
Twisted, Fast-Paced, & Disturbing
This was great! I loved this book so much!
I thought Marlena was a great character. She directed so much of this story.
Gosh.... I was impressed with Karina's ability to do this book justice! I'm not sure I can pick just one!
I would just say... don't read this before bed. It might creep you out a bit too much to sleep.
I was so surprised by this book! I wish I hadn't waited so long to read/listen to it. It was just so darn great!! If you like books that mess with your head... listen to this!!
"Wasn't a fan"
I was not a fan of the narrators voice. Also felt like the story was very weird. Not as much what I was expecting. The description is very off I feel.
Also the story was hard to follow at times and then the end just kind of pieced it all together. Wasn't for me
"Rebecca, meet Snow White"
I loved this one! So twisty! The Stepmother is a mystery/thriller retelling of Snow White, complete with a dysfunctional family, a stepmother with a shady past, and pets that just keep dying off for some reason. Lots of tonal and overt references to Rebecca and Jane Eyre. Gothic, referential, and sharply written, this book hit all of my buttons! I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a great marriage thriller.
I took me a long time to finish this one. I read three others books in between The Stepmother. It really seemed
to drag on and I kept finding myself wishing I was done it with already. I even read a spoiler hoping to end my curiosity enough to finally just put the book away. But, I am stubborn. I have to finish what I start so I decided to stick with it.
It is a story about Jeannie. The meek mouse who marries her mate after only 6 months of meeting. They try to merge their families while juggling a jealous ex wife and lame drama ensues.
It finally picks up a little toward the end and for that I was grateful. I found the story to be "ok" but I wouldn't call this a psychological thriller.
The narration took me a while to get used to. The main character drove me bananas with her spineless behavior and hand wringing.
I'll rate it 2.5. Not bad. Not great.
"What did I waste a credit on?"
Only at 1 percent and hate it! The narrator has the worst voice ever and the beginning is not captivating enough to make me continue. No wonder the reviews were few.
"Happily Ever After?"
Yes ..Loved it
Well I do not want to spoil this book as I think listening to this and Girl in the Sea had me all tide up? They where both very good and entertaining. Forgive me for mixing up the characters in my last review.
Nope... Love narrator's job ! WAY TO GO KARINA FERNANDEZ ...YOU WORKED THIS DARLING!
Happily Ever After?
Great book nice ending shocker .......Cant tell you sorry about that!!!!!!! I recommend using a credit and listening for yourself! REVIEW BY Author DeAnn Deville
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