Teaser Tuesday – The Stepmother…

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

If you want to join in grab share them in a blog post or in the comments of Books and a Beat.



This week my teaser comes from The Stepmother by Claire Seeber

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.
I am reading it as part of the Halloween Read-A-Thon.

Goodreads || Book Depository





Blinded by the rain, I concentrate on clambering over the slippery stile. On the other side,  I turn to offer Scarlett a hand.

She’s not there. ‘Scarlett?’

  • Page 242 : The Stepmother by Claire Seeber



1The 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 Behind Closed Doors, Between You and Me and The Teacher.



About Claire

Blog || Goodreads

Because of a love of travel, 10 years after my Austrian father met my English Rose mother over cheap Chianti and original cappuccino (ie not Starbucks) in a beautiful city in the Umbrian hills, I was born in Greenwich, London.

I spent a few months myself in Perugia when I left school but not only did I fail to learn Italian (too much coffee drinking and cigarette smoking and not enough study), I didn’t meet my future husband either.  My academic career culminated in a degree in Drama & English, and an ambition to act – stemming, probably, from my family thinking it was such a bad idea. (I did like to play the rebel in those days).  Bit parts in The Bill etc became too frustrating when I truly hankered after the RSC, and I constantly got cast as prostitutes, bimbos and drug dealers (draw your own conclusions). Eventually I abandoned everything to travel the tropics; did a bit more acting on my return – see Pete Cattaneo’s Screen Two film, Loved Up as the high point in my acting career – but eventually slid smoothly behind the camera instead. (OK, I collapsed there after an audition where I was commanded to be ‘ witty with a Pringle crisp ‘. You try it.)

I was far happier out of the limelight.  My TV career spanned MTV through chat-shows to documentary television, giving me the opportunity to travel the world, be it after oil barons in Oklahoma or Viagra merchants in Surrey (yes really), pop stars in New York or dysfunctional families looking for a fresh start in Australia – although please believe it really wasn’t all glamour (I’ve been sworn at, punched in Amsterdam’s red light district, threatened and propositioned more than once – which kept me on my toes, I suppose). I also started writing features for The Independent on Sunday, The Guardian and The Telegraph.

Somehow I became an expert in confessional journalism and after having my first baby, I wrote my first book in a bid to stay at home with him and not keep getting punched in Amsterdam.  I was lucky to get snapped up fairly quickly by Harper Collins, and have had 4 novels published by them, and in various countries.  A change of direction recently means…well, all will be revealed if you please watch this space 🙂

In 2014 I also started studying psychology, moved up to Derbyshire for a year, moved back down South, missing the smog (not really, I hate the smog) with my children, my very tall partner and lots of animals.  I am still undecided on who is the most feral 🙂


Have you got any teasers from your current read?

Or have you read this book already? Would love to know what you think.🙂

Happy reading everyone.



15 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday – The Stepmother…

    1. It is so odd, but good.
      It feels really familiar, like I have read it before. But I haven’t. It is really hurting my head trying to place the deja vu feeling lol.
      Maybe it is because it has been sitting on my TBR for ages too lol.

      I hope you get around to reading it soon 🙂 I’d love to see your thoughts on it 😀

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