Today is my stop on the books on tour for The Stepdaughter by Georgina Cross. This was released on the 2nd of September published by Bookouture.
The Stepdaughter by Georgina Cross
Release Date: 2nd of September 2020
Print Length: 302 pages
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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 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 ten 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 unputdownable 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.
I was immediately drawn to The Stepdaughter from the blurb and knew I just had to read it. It had always been in the back of my mind, ever since I was first made aware of it, so when Bookouture announced that it was available to request, I could not get to NetGalley quick enough to get my advanced copy! The only downside was, I was still in the middle of reading another book which I then could not finish quick enough! My sincere apologies go out to that author!
In terms of the plot, Georgina Cross has created such an intense story of every parent’s worst nightmare. On multiple occasions, I was gripping the Kindle so hard, furiously flicking through the pages to see how it was all come together, which it does so spectacularly! In regards to the characters, they have all been created perfectly and so brilliantly written, that they all just jump off the page. Each evoked so many emotions within me as did the story, so I was completely exhausted when I finished reading it.
As far as debut novels go Georgina Cross has nailed it! She has created a fresh and well thought out story that gets your attention right off the bat. It is extremely well executed with no plot holes, has just the right amount of characters, is so beautifully written and best of all, has short chapters, each ending with you wanting more, which is always a massive plus for me. There are also no unnecessary filler chapters which makes it flow really well and a quick read.
This book is just pure gold and I absolutely loved it! There are some books out there that will just hold you hostage never letting you go until the final page and The Stepdaughter is one of those books! I was completely under it’s spell and just could not get enough, which resulted in me devouring it in one sitting. If you love a book that is gripping, compelling with some great twists and turns to keep you on your toes, then this is definitely the book for you!
I have read a few debut’s this year, but I have to say that The Stepdaughter is the best I have read out of the bunch. Georgina Cross is a natural born storyteller and definitely an author that is now on my radar as one to watch. I could just keep going on with this review and gushing about this book until the sun goes down, but you get the idea so it will come as no surprise that this will be part of my best books for 2020! It was an absolute pleasure to read and review The Stepdaughter which I can not recommend highly enough!
Public Service Announcement!
If you are like me and check to see how many chapters there are in a story, before you start, do not do that with this book as it does give something away as they are titled. In saying that, it did not ruin the story for me in any way and was still a thrilling read with surprises. Oh and by the way there are 63 chapters. You’re welcome!
Thank you to Georgina Cross, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Stepdaughter which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
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Let’s Get to Know Georgina Cross
Georgina Cross is the author of The Stepdaughter (publishing September 2020) and Book 2 (title to be released January 2021) and Nanny Needed (to be published 2021) which are works of domestic suspense, psychological suspense, and thriller.
She is represented by Rachel Beck with Liza Dawson Associates with her suspense fiction appealing to readers of The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle, The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth, and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.
Georgina has been writing since she was a child. Notebooks & floppy discs filled with stories: adventures growing up in New Orleans and tales from Malaysia & England where her family lives. After graduating from Louisiana State University, she pursued a career in marketing & communications and founded Susie’s Wish non-profit which sends patients with life threatening illnesses to the beach.
She spends time with her husband and their combined family of four sons watching plenty of scary movies and is thrilled to be a full-time author.
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