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  • Interesting Psychological Suspense!

    Do you love football? Or soccer? In the United States we call it soccer in England it is football. Well, if you love soccer and Psychological Suspense, you’ll love Claire Seeber’s new book The Parents. I found her characters interesting. I always think of the English as stiff people and yet these folks weren’t that way. Although, I think all of them had problems going on in the background. Alex is the newcomer and she is widowed with two children. She has a 13 year old boy who decides to play football whose name is Harry and a girl named Iris who is the oldest and hates her mom. There were a lot of characters and I didn’t find myself particularly involved with any of them. Someone is digging into the background of the parents of the local team and spilling all the dirt on a vlog. That was interesting because everyone in town was waiting for the next shoe to drop. Most of that was pretty shocking. I don’t think I’ve ever watched a game of soccer so, I was pretty clueless when they were talking about the game, it’s different levels and whatnot. Most of the book took place around the team schedule and the clubhouse. Interestingly, they had a bar in the club. That’s something we don’t see here in the states. I’ll have my eye out for more from Claire Seeber. She has three other books that I’m going to check out. Maybe they won’t be about football or soccer! This girl is not a sports fan. I received a complimentary copy of this book from #Bookouture and #Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thank you!

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  • good

    I loved the message behind this story and found it very important: your kids are not an extension of yourself, but independent people with their own goals and dreams. Also very interesting themes are treated and there's also a spooky twist if you like the genre. For me there were too many characters so I couldn't really get into it unfortunately, but I'm sure it may appeal to other readers. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.

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  • A solid read

    “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.

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  • The Parents

    Claire Seeber tells us the story of The Parents by going back and forth from the point of view between Patti and Alex. Patti is a long time resident of Tenderton and Alex has just moved there with her two children. Someone has started a vlog and is telling secrets about various residents in the town. Lots of characters to keep straight. I want to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for an early copy to review.

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  • Pretty Little Liars for adults

    Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! The Parents by Claire Seeber is a domestic thriller that is akin to Pretty Little Liars for adults. The drama surrounds an under-14's football (soccer) league in the UK and their parents. Alex has just moved from California after the unexpected death of her husband Fraser in a hiking accident. She brought her son Harry, who joined the football club, and her daughter Iris, who is a rebellious teenager. One day, a blog begins posting dirt on the parents of the club's football players. Gossip, secret pictures, and videos are all posted for everyone to see. It turns out that everyone is hiding secrets, and someone is out to expose them all. Here is a chilling excerpt from the Prologue, which is flash-forward to the climax of the book: "Ingrained indelibly on the footage, the object in the water floated into the flare of moonlight, meaning the pale thing attached to the main bulk eventually became clear. It was a hand, extended as if it was a mid-stroke: a hand that would not move again of its own accord. And the object? It was a body. Which wasn't a huge surprise, Mrs Jessop murmured darkly the following day, waiting for the police to arrive. 'It was only a matter of time'... Overall, The Parents is a typical slow-burn domestic thriller that will appeal to fans of HBO's Big Little Lies starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. The focus is on the various parents and the blog that is exposing their secrets. Thus, the thrills and secrets are smaller, part of the domestic sphere, and not as action-packed as non-domestic thrillers. I did take off 1 star because there was a large cast of characters. Even the list of characters are the beginning of the book didn't really help. Also, I'm not very interested in football (soccer), and it made up a huge part of the plot. If you're intrigued by the excerpt above, or if you're a fan of domestic thrillers, I highly recommend that you check out this book when it comes out in October!

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