June 28, 2021

The Perfect Stepmother

The Perfect Stepmother

by Karen King

Published date June 17, 2021
by Bookouture

Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

Lily has always had a simple dream: to be happy like her parents were. Content in their sweet suburban home, nothing in life had phased her mother and father, not even when they’d had a ‘surprise’ second child, Emma, nearly twenty years after Lily.

But their love story was cut tragically short, when – after a devastating battle with cancer – Lily’s mother died. Lily was heartbroken, but also desperately worried about her grieving dad, not to mention five-year-old Emma.

So Lily is shocked and concerned when he suddenly decides to remarry, less than a year after her mother’s death. It feels far too soon, and Lily finds herself furious with him – and his new wife, Maria, who can apparently do no wrong. She seems madly in love with Lily’s dad and instantly bonds with Emma.

It’s only Lily who can’t trust her.

Who won’t trust her.

And when Emma goes missing – could Lily be right? What if the greatest danger to them all is the woman now living in their family home?

My thoughts:

This is the first book I’ve read from this author and I really enjoyed it. Told mainly from Lily and Maria’s POV’s, you see what’s going on in Maria’s mind and the fear of the past coming back to destroy the perfect life she’s built for herself. Lily will do anything to keep her father and Emma safe and is obsessed to proving Maria is hiding something. The book was slow-paced, leading up to the truth about Maria and what Lily discovers. Although I predicted some of the surprises and twists, the book was entertaining and a page-turner for me. Looking forward to reading more from this author.

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