The Stepmother by Sally Rigby & Amanda Ashby #TheStepmother #NetGalley @Sally_RigbyThe Stepmother by Sally Rigby, Amanda Ashby
Published by Boldwood Books on October 30, 2023
Genres: Domestic Thriller, Psychological Thrillers
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She’ll do anything to protect her family…

Libby Curtis never wanted children, until she met Nathan, a gorgeous widower with two young children. Now ten years later she can’t imagine her life without Sam and Sienna – she’d do anything for her precious kids. Anything….

So when a missing teenager is found lying on the side of the road, Libby’s first thoughts are for her own kids. Are they safe? Are they home?

What Libby doesn’t expect is for her children to be involved in the girl’s disappearance. But when she discovers an item in her stepson's car linked to the victim Libby’s fears increase.

She can't believe that the sweet boy she's raised could do something like that. But if not Sam….who?

Libby must discover the truth before her family is ripped apart. But someone is determined to make sure their secrets stay hidden - even if the consequences are deadly...

My Thoughts

“The Stepmother” is a thrilling suspense novel that revolves around the character of Libby, a woman who marries a widower named Nathan with two young children. As Libby tries to adjust to her new life as a stepmother, she discovers a dark and disturbing past that her new family has been keeping hidden.

The tension in the story builds as Libby tries to unravel the truth about what happened to a missing girl while grappling with the possibility that her own family may be involved.

The authors expertly weave a complex and suspenseful plot with twists and turns that keep readers guessing until the end. With well-developed characters and a thrilling storyline, “The Stepmother” is a must-read for fans of psychological thrillers.

Thank you to NetGalley and Boldwood Books for allowing me to review this book.  


About Amanda Ashby

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed by the New York Public Libraryʼs Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.

She also runs writing workshops and loves to speak to people about Buffy (er, she means writing).

About Sally Rigby

Sally Rigby was born in Northampton, in the UK. She has always had the travel bug, and after living in both Manchester and London, eventually moved overseas. From 2001 she has lived with her family in New Zealand, which she considers to be the most beautiful place in the world. During this time she also lived for five years in Australia. Sally has always loved crime fiction books, films and TV programmes, and has a particular fascination with the psychology of serial killers.