Thursday, October 28, 2021

BLOG TOUR - The Parents


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.


Title:   The Parents
Author:  Claire Seeber
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   270
Date of Publication:   October 25, 2021
My Rating:   3 Stars

Marshalling the under 14 football team does not come easy, especially considering many of the parents are at loggerheads. The chief protagonist in this story is Patti Taylor as her son Ethan begins playing. Other parents and their children have a story and it is mostly unpleasant.

In addition to Patti and her viewpoint, there is a vlog called The Tales of Tenderton and it proves to be a rather awful vlog. The posts are rather distasteful and the vlog is consistently referred to as something very unpleasant. If the parents were not already worried about their children and the soccer team, the vlog most definitely made things worse, increasing already sensitive tensions with everyone involved.

In addition to the drama and the vlog, there is an additional plot line, and that involves seventeenth-century witchcraft and dark woods that gives everyone an eerie vibe. Pulling all of these things together created a rather convoluted story, one that required more than a bit of attention to remain invested.

The Parents is the first book I've read by Claire Seeber. I do look forward to reading more of her books in the future as I do love psychological thrillers, especially when they are as twisted as this one was.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


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.

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