The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth
Published by St. Martin’s Press on April 23, 2019 (expected)
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense
Format & Length: e-book, 352
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A twisty, compelling novel about one woman’s complicated relationship with her mother-in-law that ends in murder…
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.
The Mother-In-Law is a domestic suspense story that was one of my most anticipated books being published in 2019. And I’m happy to say that it did not disappoint!
Told through the perspectives of two women, this book tells the story of the complicated relationship between a mother-in-law, Diana, and daughter-in-law, Lucy. Seeing the events unfold through both of their eyes helped to shape this into a well-rounded book that felt realistic and relatable. Both of the main characters were fully developed with their own unique backstories, and many of the secondary characters were also three-dimensional and interesting.
In addition to a great cast of characters, the plot unraveled from both the present and the past to ultimately build a complete picture of what really happened to Diana. It was also paced perfectly, revealing bits of information just as they were needed and keep the reader wanting more. Short chapters also helped this and made me keep reading just one more chapter until I’d flown through the entire book. I also really enjoyed Hepworth’s writing style, finding it easy to read and with unique voices for each point of view that were easy to distinguish and keep track of which perspective I was reading through.
Ultimately, The Mother-In-Law was a powerful, engaging, and entertaining story. This may have been the first book I’ve read by Sally Hepworth but it sure won’t be the last! Recommended.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.