Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The Parents by Claire Seeber. This was released on the 25th of October, published by Bookouture.
The other parents all seem so perfect. But it’s not long before I realise: I should have never made friends with them…
I knew it wouldn’t be easy for my kids to adjust when we moved to a tiny village where they didn’t know a soul. But after the death of my husband, we needed a fresh start.
Suddenly, we’re outsiders. I know the only way we’ll be accepted is if I throw myself into my new life, so when my son joins a local club, I volunteer to help along with the other parents.
Before moving here, I didn’t know people like this really existed; their lives seem too perfect to be real. Although my own life couldn’t be more different, they welcome me into the fold. For the first time since my husband died, I feel like I made the right decision for my family…
That is until I overhear something that tells me these other parents aren’t as perfect as they seem. Something that turns my world upside down again.
My secret has already ruined my life once. I thought the truth had died with my husband… I should have known that it wouldn’t be buried for long.
A completely addictive page-turner about the secrets and lies hiding beneath seemingly perfect lives. Fans of Big Little Lies, Lisa Jewell and Louise Candlish will be absolutely hooked by this pacey read with a jaw-dropping twist you just won’t see coming.
“They seem too perfect to be true…They are…”
Families that are full of secrets, lies and deception are at the forefront of this tale. Their seemingly perfect lives are not as they seem and it is definitely a what is portrayed on the outside is so different to the going ons inside, kind of read. Set in Kent and around an under 14’s football team, what starts off as a friendly bunch of people, quickly turns sinister when their secrets are exposed via an anonymous source.
There are a few characters to keep track of, which does make it hard to connect with them all on a deeper level, but it’s two main leads, where the tale is told from each of their points of view, make up for this. I enjoyed the themes covered which to name a couple, witchcraft and Celtic lore, which have always been fascinating to me.
On the whole, this does move at a slightly slower pace but it still held my attention from beginning to end and is an easy read.
Thank you to Claire Seeber, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Parents, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
The Parents Books on Tour
Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about The Parents. Thank you to Bookouture for my spot on the books on tour.
Let’s Get to Know Claire Seeber
Claire Seeber is a Londoner who started her professional life as a (bad) actress and went on to become a documentary maker, lucky enough to travel the world meeting amazing people.
Also writing features for newspapers such as the Guardian and Independent, when she had her first baby in 2004, Claire started writing psychological thrillers. The Observer called her first novel, Lullaby, ‘a disturbing debut’ whilst the Guardian called it ‘powerful’. Her third thriller Never Tell became a bestseller, and she has been published in more than twelve different languages.
Claire has been CWA Dagger-nominated, also writes for stage and screen, and today studies psychotherapy, as well as (trying to) manage a home of slightly feral children and animals. Luckily her very nice partner helps too.