The Stepmother: A gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist

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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

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39 reviews
zoe gifford
September 1, 2016
I really enjoyed this book. Normally ill work out the twists but with this I found it hard to put my finger on what was happening. I am purchasing the other books written by this author now x
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Linda Strong
July 12, 2016
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 of her depth, but then ‘things’ begin to happen. Someone knows the terrible secret that she has hidden and not shared with her husband. Walls begin to whisper to her …. Voices come from nowhere …. And who is the lady in gray? Not everyone gets their happy ending, at least not while Jeanie is keeping secrets from her new husband. And not while her husband is keeping secrets from her. This is a terrifyingly twisted psychological thriller. Fast paced, the story is told in short chapters in Jeanie’s voice, alternating at times with her sister, Marlena. It’s a compelling read leading to a sleepless night and strange dreams for the reader. It continues to surprise as every page brings to light something different and you witness the coming undone of Jeanie. Many thanks to the author / Bookouture / Netgalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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Kylie caesar
January 21, 2018
Good easy read
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