#BlogTour #Review The Stepsister by Jenny O’Brien @ScribblerJB @rararesources

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So I was actually lucky enough to take part in the cover reveal for The Stepsister and now I get to share my review with you, along with a fabulous giveaway (see bottom of the post) but first a little bit about the book:

Title: The Stepsister by Jenny O’Brien

Date Published: 29th October 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

When a stranger leaves step-sisters, Victoria and Ness, a half-share in a house in Holland, they think it must be a mistake.

But there’s no mistake when Ness goes missing.

Desperate for the truth, Victoria heads to Holland to find out what happened to her. Has she, as her texts show, embarked on a whirlwind romance? Has someone abducted her or even worse?

But there’s someone watching, and that person wants her dead.

Can Victoria find out the truth before it’s too late?

Purchase on Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07H3TH4HT

Review:

Victoria’s life seems to be falling apart around her ears when she receives a letter telling her that she’s inherited a house from a stranger with her stepsister Ness. Uninterested she lets Ness go over to Holland to sort out the sale.

When she doesn’t hear from Ness for a while she’s not overly worried. Then she receives a text saying that she’s got married to a man named Manus Van Der Hook. Alarmed she ventures over to Holland only to find Ness is missing.

Staying in the house searching for her sister, strange things start happening. She’s in danger but from who? Can she find her sister before it’s too late?

So this is my first Jenny O’Brien novel and I believe the author’s first foray into psychological thrillers, having previously romances (for those who are fans of those books there is a bit of romance in this one too!).

I died yesterday, or so I’ve been told.’

Wow what a killer opening line! We start off in the present with a woman who doesn’t remember her name or how she ended up in a hospital in a foreign country. We’re then catapulted back in time to meet stepsister Victoria and Ness, who couldn’t be more different, Ness a lawyer, Victoria an artist.

Poor Victoria, abandoned at birth by her mother and adopted by a woman who didn’t have time for her, she hasn’t had the best of starts in life. Add to that her boyfriend of ten years dumps her for a younger woman! I just wanted to give her a great big hug.

An Honorary mention has to got to Nigel the dog, just because he’s a dog named Nigel!

I liked the setting of Holland, I don’t think I’ve actually read many books set there, or if they were it was focused on the slightly more unsavoury aspect of the country.

I have to be honest it’s written in the first person (not my favourite of POV’s) and I did find with hearing the character’s innermost thoughts, it did get a little rambly in places but of course that is just my opinion.

Overall The Stepsister is chock full of intrigue, suspense with a little hint of romance that will keep you enthralled until the very last page.

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About The Author:

Jenny O’Brien was born in Ireland and, after a brief sojourn in Wales, now resides in Guernsey.8715CB6B-8F86-4241-9D71-D504CE5E13A4

She’s an avid reader and book reviewer for NetGalley in addition to being a RoNA judge.
She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so. She’s also an avid collector of cats, broken laptops, dust and happy endings – two of which you’ll always find in her books.

In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off.

Readers can find out more about Jenny from her blog: https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JennyOBrienWriter/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScribblerJB

Giveaway

1st Prize Win an e copy of The Stepsister and crystal, tulip slider necklace ,

2 x 2nd Prize – an e-copy of The Stepsister (Open Internationally)

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#CoverReveal The Stepsister by Jenny O’Brien @ScribblerJB @rararesources

I’m very excited to be part of the cover reveal for Jenny O’Brien’s novel The Stepsister, (which I will be reviewing in November) I even have a sneak peek at the novel further down but first a little about the novel:

Title: The Stepsister by Jenny O’Brien

Publication Date: 29th October 2018

Genre: Thriller

Description:

When a stranger leaves step-sisters, Victoria and Ness, a half-share in a house in Holland, they think it must be a mistake.

But there’s no mistake when Ness goes missing.

Desperate for the truth, Victoria heads to Holland to find out what happened to her. Has she, as her texts show, embarked on a whirlwind romance? Has someone abducted her or even worse?

But there’s someone watching, and that person wants her dead. 

Can Victoria find out the truth before it’s too late?

Pre-order on Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07H3TH4HT

And now for the cover:

stepsister cover

As promised too, a sneak peek of the novel:

Prologue:

I died yesterday, or so I’ve been told.

Yesterday is the day my life changed but how or why is still a mystery. There are things I know and there are things that they’ve told me but I can’t seem to trust any of it.

I know I’m a woman but I don’t know my age. I know how to hold a cup in the same way I know it’s rude to stick the end of a knife in my mouth. So, somewhere along the way, someone cared enough to drill manners into me. Those are the things I know, the things I can trust but as for the rest…

They tell me I’m in Holland but can I believe them? I don’t remember if I’m Dutch but I also don’t remember if I’m not. I can’t speak Dutch. I’ve been trying all morning but can one lose a language overnight? I seem to have lost everything else. Who knows? Maybe I took the wrong train or something and just rolled up in the wrong city. That would make sense except that it’s not just my sense of place that’s missing. It’s my sense of everything. I have no name, no age and no identity. Yesterday I died and today I’m still here.

They’ve left me alone now while they try to puzzle out what to do and in the meantime I’m going to try to remember stuff. I don’t know how long they’ll leave me alone but I need to take this opportunity to come up with some answers to all the questions they’ve been throwing at me like who the hell I am.

Slipping out of bed I recoil as bare feet meets cold tiles, but that’s not going to stop me. Pulling the back of the hospital gown closed in an effort to retain some degree of dignity, I shuffle over to the bathroom and then the mirror only to stare into the face of a stranger.

It doesn’t matter what I look like or that I’m suffering from the worst case of bed-head known to man. It doesn’t matter that my eyes are green or that my hair is that shade of nondescript mouse that keeps colourists in business. The only thing that matters is my reflection, which holds no clues as to my identity. I’m a stranger to them. I’m a stranger to me.

My body holds a clue though – just one.

I push up my sleeve again to stare at the tattoo on my arm. The tattoo puzzles me. It’s not me, or part of me or who I think I am and yet it’s there, a large indelible letter V.

I have no idea what it stands for. Oh, I’m not stupid or anything or, at least I don’t think I am. I can’t quote which exams I’ve passed or if indeed I’ve ever attended school but I do know V stands for victory. But what does it mean to me? Am I victorious? Am I making a statement about something? It must be important because it’s the only tattoo I have. It’s also the only clue.

I’m tired now. My eyelids collapse over my eyes even as I struggle to shift them upwards as I remember the cocktail the nurse told me to swallow like a good girl. I want everything to go away. I want to hide under the blankets and forget. I’ve already forgotten…

About The Author:

Jenny O’Brien was born in Ireland and, after a brief sojourn in Wales, now resides in Guernsey.
She’s an avid reader and book reviewer for NetGalley in addition to being a RoNA judge.
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She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so. She’s also an avid collector of cats, broken laptops, dust and happy endings – two of which you’ll always find in her books.

In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off.

Readers can find out more about Jenny from her blog: https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JennyOBrienWriter/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScribblerJB