Author: Karen King
Book: The Perfect Stepmother
Publication Day: June 17th 2021
She seems too good to be true. And now she lives in your home…
Lily wants to be happy for her father when he tells her he’s getting married again. Even if it feels too soon after the death of Lily’s mother.
He’s madly in love with Maria. And he thinks she’s going to the perfect stepmother to Lily’s much-younger sister, Emma. And perhaps he’s right. Because no one seems to have a bad word to say about Maria.
It’s only Lily who can’t trust her. Who thinks no one is that perfect. Who notices no one had ever heard of Maria until exactly ten years before.
And then Emma goes missing…
A totally gripping and unmissable psychological suspense novel about dark family secrets, perfect for fans of Shalini Boland, Claire McGowan and Gone Girl.
Lily Metcalfe is still reeling from the death of her mother to cancer less than one year ago when her father, Gareth surprises her with news regarding his upcoming nuptials to Maria, his girlfriend. Maria was Lily’s mother’s cancer support beauty specialist, so it came as a huge surprise that her father and Maria were dating and about to be married. Lily is far from happy with how easily her father has moved on when her mother is not even cold in her grave yet. Distrustful of Maria, Lily sets out to find out the truth, especially since Maria is now stepmother to Lily’s five year old sister Emma. Is Maria all she claims to be or does she have a devastating past that is about to collide with the present?
The Perfect Stepmother is a domestic thriller that will pull you right into the story. This is not a full of action type of story, but it is definitely a sneaky one as it grabs your attention right from the start and snakes its way into your mind preventing you from putting this story down. This is not a complicated story, but the execution of it is done really well and also holds quite a few surprises along the way. One of the central questions I found myself asking was “Is maria good or bad?” and Karen King does such a fantastic job of towing the line between good and evil like you are kind of on a seesaw wavering back and forth on the guilt or innocence of Maria.
If you love a slow paced character driven domestic suspense, then you will definitely want to pick up a copy of Karen King’s latest, The Perfect Stepmother.
Karen King is a multi-published bestselling author of fiction for both adults and children. She has also written several short stories for women’s magazines.
Currently published by Bookouture and Headline. Karen has recently signed a two-book deal with Bookouture to write psychological thrillers. The first one will be out in November, and the second one in 2021. She is also contracted to write three romance novels for Headline, which will be out in 2021 and 2022
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