The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

April 16, 2019     Elle    

The Mother-in-Law by Sally HepworthThe Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth
Publication Date: April 23, 2019
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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My Rating : five-stars

Someone once told me that you have two families in your life - the one you are born into and the one you choose. Yes, you may get to choose your partner, but you don't choose your mother-in-law. The cackling mercenaries of fate determine it all.

From the moment Lucy met Diana, she was kept at arm's length. Diana is exquisitely polite, but Lucy knows, even after marrying Oliver, that they'll never have the closeness she'd been hoping for.

But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice, the matriarch of a loving family. Lucy had wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law.

That was ten years ago. Now, Diana has been found dead, leaving a suicide note. But the autopsy reveals evidence of suffocation. And everyone in the family is hiding something...

From the bestselling author of The Family Next Door comes a new page-turner about that trickiest of relationships.

The Mother-in-Law is an EXCELLENT domestic drama and reads like a Liane Moriarty book (The Husbands Secret, Big Little Lies, etc.) Obviously, I really loved this one. It took me a little while to finish it though because I have been in a huge book slump lately, but I always found myself wanting to get back into reading this one. Therefore, if a book is good enough to take you out of the dreaded slump then you know it’s good! This is the first book I have read by Sally Hepworth, but it will not be my last. I am so excited to read her blacklist of novels based on this one. 

I went into this book thinking it was going to be like other books with similar titles, books about the crap one goes through when they have an awful mother in law. While this does come about a little bit in the book, the book doesn’t revolve around the hate one may have for their MIL. Instead, it is a darkly delicious novel with a splendid twist! One that will both horrify and sadden you. This book was so unexpected for me, so damn interesting, and highly original. I can’t help but gush over the story and the way the author told it because it’s really phenomenal. I won’t get into the thick of the plot, but it is one that will keep many readers up late because they need to know the truth! 

As I said, this won’t be the last book I read from the author and I will be keeping my eye out for any future novels she writes (while also making my way through her previous novels). I highly recommend it!


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