Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review of The Daughter In Law by Nina Manning published by Boldwood Books. Happy publication day Nina.
About the Book
No one is good enough for her son.
As a single mother, Annie has an especially close relationship with her son, Ben. They have always been together. Just the two of them. So, when Ben brings home his mysterious beautiful new wife, Daisy, immediately Annie doesn’t trust her. Who is this woman who has taken her son away from her? And what is she hiding?
She’ll protect him with her life.
When Ben disappears, suddenly Annie and Daisy are all the other one has. Alone in Annie’s big, remote house, just the two of them, the tension is rising. And like any protective mother, Annie will stop at nothing to expose her new daughter in law, and the secrets she is hiding…
A gripping, psychological page-turner, perfect for fans of Sally Hepworth’s The Mother In Law, Lisa Jewell and K.L. Slater.
This is a great debut. Nina has created a thrilling read that had me glued to the pages and I could not get unstuck from it until I finished it. It is a story full of twists and turns that had my head spinning. If you love a book that is full of mystery and suspense, then this is the book for you!
The plot of the story starts like any fairytale. Ben meets Daisy, they fall in love, get married, then Daisy is introduced to Annie, her new mother in law. That sounds ok doesn’t it? In this case no, no it’s not!! Things start off ok, but when Ben disappears leaving a pregnant Daisy behind with Annie, things then take a sinister turn.
The characters in this book, though not many, are very well developed. Right from the get go Annie, makes her feelings clear that she is not a fan of Daisy and while Daisy does have something to hide, as the story progresses, so does Annie and you are kept guessing as to who is hiding the bigger secret and how far one will go to protect it.
Holy crap the character of Annie is one crazy woman, that terrified the hell out of me! She is so cold and calculating. Nina has done a great job of creating a character who chills you to the bone. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time throughout the story, just waiting to see what she was going to do next.
The cover of the book is spot on. It sets of the sinister tone of the book perfectly. I love it.
The effective writing style served to make me feel uneasy throughout the whole book and it wasn’t till the story concluded that I could breathe easy again. As a first time author, Nina excels in building suspense and tension and is definitely an author to watch out for. I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next.
Thank-you to NetGalley, Boldwood Books and Nina Manning for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Daughter In Law which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
The Daughter In Law is available to buy now
Let’s get to know Nina
Nina Manning studied psychology and was a restaurant-owner and private chef (including to members of the royal family). She is the founder and co-host of Sniffing The Pages, a book review podcast. She lives in Dorset.
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