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The Stepdaughter

Narrated by: Barbara Barnes
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
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Summary

It’s a normal afternoon when I walk out the patio doors of our kitchen to check on Mia, my stepdaughter, who is swimming in our backyard pool. But she’s gone. My heart stops when I see the back gate is open, her pink, fluffy towel lying folded on a chair. I was just feet away. Why didn’t I hear her scream? Who took our little girl? 

My husband can’t understand how I could I have let his daughter disappear. And when the police come asking questions, I wish I could wind back time to that normal afternoon when I was cooking lasagna for my family, Mia’s favorite. I can tell the officers don’t believe me: They’ve cast me as the evil stepmother. 

I just wish I could understand the messages I’ve found from my husband on Mia’s phone: I’m so sorry, I still love you. And why his wedding ring is found at the bottom of the pool after Mia disappeared. He never told me it was missing. What else is he hiding? 

But the detective keeps asking me where I was during those 10 minutes when Mia vanished. And I can’t tell her my secret. From the way she’s looking at me, I know she thinks I did something to my stepdaughter. Mia and I haven’t always been that close, and sometimes she drives me nuts, just like any normal teenager, but I would never hurt her. 

I just need you to believe me. 

A twisty novel packed with suspense about the power and damage of secrets we hide. Perfect for anyone who was totally hooked by The Mother-in-Law, Kerry Fisher, and Big Little Lies.

©2020 Georgina Cross (P)2020 Bookouture

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  • Donna
  • 03-09-20

Terrible narration - flat characters

HORRIBLE audio narration - robotic and disconnected. I think this would have been a MUCH more compelling story if it had not been so badly narrated. The story was interesting enough for me to finish but ultimately, it was just okay. The characters weren't entirely believable, very one dimensional. The resolution felt anticlimactic

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-20

The Stepdaughter was Addicting!

Really enjoyed this storyline and the degree to which the author gave opportunities to get to know all of the characters. Great build up to an action packed twisting and turning of events. Only wish I had been holding the book for this page turner and not merely listening to the audio. Highly recommend!

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  • Clara Bailey
  • 06-09-20

Gripping story that holds you from start to finish

I loved this book! I was hooked from the beginning and enjoyed the entire ride. This is a fantastic novel and will recommend to all my friends.

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  • EL
  • 13-10-20

Sample first- narrator horrible.

The story was fine. The performance was awful. The woman’s voice did not align with the character she was portraying. Literally nails on a chalkboard.

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  • Marguerite
  • 06-10-20

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The story it self was ok. The narrator was awful. Narrating children's books might suit better for her. Marguerite FL

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-09-20

Great story with a lot of plot twist

The story was captivating and I didn’t want to stop listening. The story kept you wondering what would happen next.