The Mother-in-law

The Mother-in-law

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"A twisty, compelling new novel about one woman's complicated relationship with her mother-in-law that ends in death... From the moment Lucy met her husband's mother, Diana, she was kept at arm's length. Diana was exquisitely polite, and properly friendly, but Lucy knew that she was not what Diana envisioned. But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice who helped female refugees assimilate to their new country. Diana was happily married to Tom, and lived in wedded bliss for decades. Lucy wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law. That was five years ago. Now, Diana has been found dead, a suicide note near her body. Diana claims that she no longer wanted to live because of a battle with cancer. But the autopsy finds no cancer. The autopsy does find traces of poison and suffocation. Who could possibly want Diana dead? Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her adult children and their spouses? With Lucy's secrets getting deeper and her relationship with her mother-in-law growing more complex as the pages turn, this new novel from Sally Hepworth is sure to add to her growing legion of fans. Praise for Sally Hepworth: "With jaw-dropping discoveries, and realistic consequences, this novel is not to be missed. Perfect for lovers of Big Little Lies." --Library Journal, starred review "Hepworth deftly keeps the reader turning pages and looking for clues, all the while building multilayered characters and carefully doling out bits of their motivations" --
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781250120922
Characteristics: ix, 340 pages ;,25 cm.


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Aug 02, 2020

This book is different than what I expected. The title, The Mother-in-law, made me think there would be some comedy and witty sarcasm. It’s not about that at all, but takes a serious look at relationships, especially between women. The book shows a lot of stress behind relationships as the details in those relationships are unfolded.

May 22, 2020

Great book, ones of those that I did not want to put down. Only complaint would be the anti climax of who killed Diana, but truthfully that wasn't what the book was about.

Feb 28, 2020

Excellent book! The author made the characters come alive. I definitely recommend it.

Feb 08, 2020

I really enjoyed this book and the ending was a stunner! I had never read this author before, I am going to get more of her books for sure.

Nov 30, 2019

Great book! Very well written and great story. I didn’t want to stop reading this book.

Nov 03, 2019

Along with everyone else, I really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting story & it ended well. Great read!

Oct 27, 2019

I loved this fast paced mystery/thriller. I really enjoyed the different perspectives and how feelings and actions can be so misinterpreted by different people. Such a good book!

Oct 06, 2019

Wow! Totally not what I was expecting...much, much better.
I definitely had a hard time putting this book down.
Wonderful mystery with a GREAT ending.

Part thriller, part family drama. I listened to the audiobook, which includes an interview with the author, and she discusses how her books address women's health. This one is heavy with discussions about mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationships, infertility, stay-at-home vs. working moms, depression, and more. It's one of those books that illustrates why you can't judge someone without walking in their shoes (or hearing their side of the story in a great book)!

Sep 18, 2019

This book is quite the page turner. If you like juicy soap opera kind of stories that grow and grow in suspense, you will love this book.

A comment from another reviewer here has given me pause about how the subject of women with fertility issues is perceived by the author. However, when thinking about it more, it seems like there are separate issues going on for the character...

Wonderful read!

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