Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review of the Mother In-Law by Sally Hepworth. The day has finally arrived for the UK & US experience this great book as this was released earlier in the year in Australia! Happy the rest of publication day Sally!
About the book:
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 was exquisitely polite, but Lucy knew, even after marrying Oliver, that they’d 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…
This is the story of a family told from the perspective of Lucy and her mother in-law Diana, switching from the present to the past.
Right from the beginning, when Lucy met Diana their relationship was strained. Even after Lucy marries Diana’s son Ollie their relationship does not improve. Lucy tries everything to appease Diana but nothing seems to work. What is more bewildering for Lucy is that her relationship with her father and sister-in law is strong so why can’t she connect with Diana?
Diana is a well respected member with strong ties to her community and an advocate to her charity who lives a very comfortable rich life so why can’t she open up and accept Lucy and why is she so controlling and unwilling to assist her son and daughter financially when needed.
Over the years Diana continues to keep Lucy at arms length. Even the birth of her and Ollies three children dose not soften her. Then Diana is diagnosed with breast cancer.
Not long after, Diana is found dead believed to have committed suicide. But upon investigation it is revealed that Diana did not have breast cancer at all and she in fact was murdered by suffocation. But who would want Diana dead and why did she lie about her cancer diagnosis?
We are then taken on a journey of Diana’s life and what events shaped her to the woman she became and how her actions formed the divide between her family.
Is one of the members of her family responsible for her murder?
Do I recommend this book:
Hell yes! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
WOW what a read! This is the first book I have read from Sally Hepworth and it definitely won’t be my last. It is a suspenseful thriller that had me hooked right from the start. I don’t very often read books from authors from my home country of Melbourne Australia so it was great reading about places like Toorak, Sorrento, the Morning Peninsula and yes even Dandenong!
It was very well written with believable characters that I could completely resonate with and it kept me wanting more. A well crafted mystery which I highly recommend.
Thank-you to NetGalley, Pan MacMillian Australia and Sally Hepworth for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Mother In-Law in exchange for an honest review.
All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.
About the Author:
Sally Hepworth has lived around the world, spending extended periods in Singapore, the U.K. and Canada, where she worked in event management and Human Resources. While on maternity leave, Sally finally fulfilled a lifelong dream to write, the result of which was Love Like the French, published in Germany in 2014. While pregnant with her second child, Sally wrote The Secrets of Midwives, published worldwide in English, as well as in France, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 2015. A novel about three generations of midwives, The Secrets of Midwivesasks readers what makes a mother and what role biology plays in the making and binding of a family.
The Secrets of Midwives has been labelled “enchanting” by The Herald Sun and “smart and engaging” by Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Emily Giffin have praised Sally’s debut English language novel as “women’s fiction at its finest” and “totally absorbing”.
Sally has continued writing about women’s issues and family ties in The Things We Keep (published February 2016), The Mother’s Promise(March 2017), The Family Next Door (March 2018) and The Mother-in-Law (February 2019).
Sally lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children.
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