The Mother-in-Law

❴Read❵ ➵ The Mother-in-Law Author Sally Hepworth – 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 cack 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 allFrom 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 forBut 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 lawThat 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 somethingFrom the bestselling author ofThe Family Next Doorcomes a new page turner about that trickiest of relationships.The Mother-in-Law

Sally Hepworth is the bestselling author of five novels, most recently The Mother In Law Sally s books have been labelled enchanting by The Herald Sun, smart and engaging by Publisher s Weekly, and New York Times bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Emily Giffin have praised Sally s novels as women s fiction at its finest and totally absorbingSally s novels are available worldwi.

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  • Hardcover
  • 340 pages
  • The Mother-in-Law
  • Sally Hepworth
  • English
  • 05 July 2019
  • 9781250120922

10 thoughts on “The Mother-in-Law

  1. says:

    My reviews can also be seen at am a huge fan of this author The Mother s Promise was my first Sally Hepworth novel and is one of my favorite books The first line in the description of this novel grabbed my attention A twisty, compelling novel about one woman s complicated relationship with her mother in law that ends in murder I couldn t wait to start reading The story begins with a police car pulling up to the home of Lucy and her husband, Ollie Although the car doesn t have its lights or siren on, she knows immediately that something isn t right Police don t arrive on your doorstep at dinnertime unless something is wrong The police ask if they are relatives of Diana Goodwin and right away Lucy knows what they are going to say next The story then jumps back ten years to Lucy s first visit to the Goodwin home Ollie s father is friendly and seems happy to meet Lucy as does Ollie s sister, Nettie But Ollie s mother s greeting is lukewarm She s not rude to Lucy, she is very polite she just seems sort of cold and standoffish.When Diana meets Lucy, her first thoughts are that Lucy was probably adored by everyone in her life and things probably came very easily to her Take the pregnant refugee girls I deal with every day They ve been through unimaginable hardships, and here they are working hard, contributing and grateful Lucy just wants Diana to like her However, it seems the harder she tries the strained their relationship becomes And now Diana is dead As they learn about Diana s death and things are brought to light, Lucy finds herself questioning everythingsome things just aren t adding up Did anyone really know Diana I thought this was an excellent story filled with engaging characters and an entertaining plot We are given insight into the complicated relationships within the family I liked how it alternated between Diana and Lucy s point of view in both the past and present It was interesting seeing how they each read or misread the same situations.As I mentioned in a previous review of A Mother s Promise , Sally Hepworth does a wonderful job of bringing her characters and their individual stories to life She creates characters that readers can relate to and empathize with This was definitely a thought provoking read I ve read other novels that deal with the relationships between men and women and their in laws, but I found this to be quite a unique story I was really surprised by a few things and extremely satisfied with how everything came together in the end.In my opinion, this was another winning story from Sally Hepworth.I d like to thank St Martin s Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel.

  2. says:

    All I can say is, Magnificent This book is headed straight to my favorites shelf Oh that poor mother in law Boy, she s been getting a bad rap lately This is the third book I ve read recently regarding a so called evil mother in law This timeit s just a bit different There are two sides to every story Maybe it s time we all heard the mother in law s side of the story.Told from 2 points of view of Lucy the daughter in law and Diana Yup, you guessed itDiana the mother in law Lucy is over the moon about marrying Ollie and becoming part of his family She d also like nothing than to befriend Diana and develop that special bond between mother and daughter in law If only it were that simple or easy.When Diana is found dead in her home no one knows if it was a suicide, or if someone with an axe to grind may have wanted her dead After all, it s not a stretch to say she may not have been the kindest person to those closest to her Oh my gosh I absolutely could not put this book down This was such a different take on the typical mother in law story I just loved it I ran the full gamut of emotions reading this book It will make you smile, shock you at timesit may even bring a tear to your eye It did for me.Sally Hepworth does such a fantastic job creating a character that you can love and hate at the same time This is my second book from her and while I loved The Family Next Door, this one just blew me away I was so ready for something original Needed a different take on a subject that has been repeatedly done This was that book Fantastic job Ms Hepworth I am now anxiously waiting for your next release A buddy read with Susanne Thank you Susanne Thank you to Jordan Hanley at St Martin s Press for an advanced copy to read and review.

  3. says:

    5 Simply Irresistible Stars Sally Hepworth is the Master of Domestic Suspense This is a heart pounding mystery that I was racing to finish It s complexities and craziness had me wild eyed right up until its shocking end A favorite read for this the year Mother in Laws, as well all know, are not to be trifled with Sometimes they re scarier than others and sometimes you hit the jackpot Perhaps it s because of the competition factor, mothers not being able to let go of their sons, or wives simply not feeling like they measure up Whatever it is, Lucy, one of the main characters in Sally Hepworth s The Mother in Law knows exactly what I m talking about Here, she desperately tries to make a good impression on her Mother in Law, Diana, and she fails miserably Silly, Lucy. Mommie Dearest always knows best Diana however, isn t so lucky after all In a crazy turn of events, her body is found in what initially looks like death by suicide Nothing about Diana s death adds up and once the investigation begins, everyone in the family is scared stiff The only motive the cops can find Money It always comes down to money, doesn t it If only things were that simple In The Mother In Law by Sally Hepworth, the twists and turns simply kept on coming and none of them are foreseen Discount whatever you think you know, start from scratch, then do it all over again The storyline is utterly wicked with moments that are simply jaw dropping The characters are multi faceted, and their intentions are never straight forward Having read three of Ms Hepworth s prior novels, this was my favorite to date The characters, the mystery and the storyline all came together in a way that fit perfectly like a jigsaw puzzle, where, once the pieces interlock, I couldn t help but sit back and smile, absolute perfection A favorite of the year for 2018 A buddy read with Kaceey This was my favorite by far Kaceey Thank you to Jordan Hanley at St Martin s Press and to Sally Hepworth for a galley of this novel in exchange for an honest review It was my pleasure.Published on Goodreads, Twitter and Instagram Will be published on in April of 2019.

  4. says:

    I ve read a number of thrillers lately, ranging from the quiet character drama of Miracle Creek and Disappearing Earth, to Coben s high octane Run Away And this book just sits blandly somewhere between the two.I had to think about my rating here I almost upped it to 3 stars because it s not that BAD But then it s not much of anything really I found it a very tame lukewarm domestic mystery thriller that lacks either the urgency or depth of characterization needed to make it compelling The blurb and the beginning of the book set it up as if we re supposed to believe there s some drama between Lucy and her mother in law, Diana, and that the former may have possibly murdered the latter I think the conflict between Lucy and Diana was supposed to drive the narrative, but it was almost annoying how big of a deal was made out of absolutely nothing Lucy overhears a conversation between her husband and his mother in which Diana says she Lucy is fine OH NO It just is this really supposed to be a nightmare MIL scenario Lucy should watch Jane Fonda in Monster in Law.The author would also make a big deal out of innocuous moments like Diana telling Lucy she wanted the necklace back that she lent her for her something borrowed during the wedding It s so not a threatening or dramatic moment Many moments seem played up unrealistically Like the police coming in with their suspicions because dramatic breath they could only find one of Diana s sofa cushions It s all just very unexciting And I could totally get behind a slow book that is about character interactions and relationships than it is about action, but this is not quite that either Lucy is dull and one dimensional and Diana, though slightly interesting, is almost robotic in her adherence to a morality that is very basic, unexplored, and comes from a place of extreme privilege.Also, the pool of suspects is tiny, so I predicted the conclusion in the first few chapters CW view spoiler Suicide hide spoiler

  5. says:

    Mixed Feelings One fascinating character coupled with one who was lacking turned this into just an ok read for me The Mother in Law is a family drama that tracks the tumultuous relationship between a mother in law and her daughter in law The book begins with the reader learning of the death of Diana, mother to Ollie and mother in law to Lucy The narrative is divided into both Lucy and Diana s perspectives over the course of ten years Diana has been described as some as a hateful character While she is not necessarily likable, I found her chapters to be fascinating As cold as she was, her character was much compelling than Lucy s, who fell rather flat for me I wanted to know about Diana especially her past and her relationship with Tom There are allusions to what shaped her, but I wanted the whole picture I am split between so many elements of this book The characters, the narrative structure, the plot, etc At times, I was completely enthralled, whereas during other times I was bored out of mind I wanted I felt that the reader is only offered the surface of Diana and Lucy s relationship We dive in a little deeper towards the end, but it seems like in an effort to keep an element of surprise going throughout the novel, we lose what could have been a complex reading of the relationship between these two women I also thought that this book was trying to be too many things at once Domestic drama, women s fiction, psychological thriller all in one Overall, while I loved some parts of The Mother in Law, it just didn t work as a whole I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and St Martin s Press.

  6. says:

    I try not to give out 5 stars too often but this one was special and deserving in terms of how much I enjoyed it and took away from it I went into this thinking it would just be a typical mother in law story but there was so much to it than that It explored not just the mother and daughter in law relationship but also the dynamics between child parent, husband wife, and siblings It was one of those reading experiences in which you seriously start reflecting on your own life and how you deal with family members.Ever since they first met Lucy has had a polite, but distant relationship with her mother in law, Diana It s like no matter what she does, Diana just won t warm up to her The story jumps back and forth between Diana s perspective of things that happened in the past and the present day in which Lucy and her family have just learned Diana is dead Her death will have lasting consequences for the entire family.What I thought the author did brilliantly was the dual perspectives as it prevented Diana from being this one dimensional character There were so many layers to Diana and Lucy s relationship and it was interesting to see what they each thought about certain events There were moments in the story that were so relatable, like when you come across the exact opposite of how you intended or when you regret leaving something unsaid And while relationships were certainly an important part of the book, the mystery of what happened to Diana was intriguing as well Overall, such a fantastic book and I can t wait to check out Sally Hepworth s other novels as she definitely has a knack for getting you to feel for her characters on an emotional level Thank you to St Martin s Press for sending me an advance copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion Edited on 4 23 19 This was my first Sally Hepworth novel and after reading this advance copy, I was excited to check out her other books I am now caught up and while I liked her other novels, this one remains my favorite.

  7. says:

    Families there is the one you are born into, the one you marry into and the one you choose.When Lucy marries Ollie, she desperately wants to be accepted into his family, especially by his Mother Diana, as Lucy lost her mother at an early age But from day one, Diana appears reserved and distant The rest of Ollie s family embraces Lucy but Lucy feels that she just can t do anything right in Diana s eyes Lucy is a lively woman who chooses to stay home with her children and is doing the best she can to be a good mother, wife and daughter in law.Diana was basically disowned by her parents during her later teenage years for choices she made and was taken in by her Aunt She eventually meets her husband Tom and her life changes for the better With Tom, Diana raised two children Ollie and Nettie Diana often must play the bad cop in her family yet has a generous and giving nature with the refugees she helps.I don t want to say any about the plot and encourage fellow readers to go in knowing as little as you can about the plot This book pleasantly surprised me I have been a fan of Hepworth since reading her first book and this book lived up to my expectations of her writing I loved how she gave us the inner thoughts of each of the two main women Lucy and Diana I also appreciated how she showed each s intentions and how often intentions can be misread, or someone might have difficulty fully articulating his her motives thoughts emotions to another person effectively, thus causing others to make inaccurate assumptions about that individual It s what you say, how you say it and sometimes the things you don t get the chance to say, choose not to say or don t say Relationships are tricky things In fact, relationships can be messy Worry about overstepping, worry about not being liked, worry about not teaching your children the skills to live, worry about being over bearing, worry about not being involvedahall the worries.Diana and Lucy are not the only characters with relationship issues in this book There are quite a few things going on in the relationships of others in this book as well These subplots with are a part of the larger plot are just as important and show issues which can occur in marriages, with co workers and with people we interact with in our personal lives I found this book to be a fast read which did not disappoint I enjoyed how the Mother in law daughter in law complicated relationship unfolded How each tired with the other in her own way It was refreshing to read both of their POV sections to see how they interpreted situations and often misinterpret each other intentions.But this book is also not all about relationships, it is also about what happened to Diana There is a mystery here Was her death a suicide Was she murdered Who knows One must read to find out I found this book to be thought provoking and captivating It was a fast read which did not disappoint this reader.Thank you to St Martin s Press, Sally Hepworth and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  8. says:

    4 This was NOT what I was expecting BUT I LOVED it stars Diana was a complicated woman Her outward appearance depicts a wealthy, strong and even altruistic woman Yet we instantly come to see that her family had a vastly different view of her and it wasn t all positive Thus, when the story opens and we find Diana dead we are easily enveloped by the questions was her death a case of suicide or murder The story is told from multiple view points as well as alternating timelines, filling in the blanks of Diana s life and leading us to the circumstances surrounding her death I was expecting of a thriller but the story ended up having of a domestic mystery vibe It definitely worked within the plot and allowed us to get a feel for the family dynamics between the characters There has been quite a lot of commentary about Diana and her actions in other reviews I personally felt that Hepworth did an amazing job of explaining why she was who she was and ultimately acted the way she did She was a very guarded person, rarely letting all her walls down Tom, her husband, was by far one of the only people that truly knew her They were definitely a yin and yang relationship, each providing the other with what they needed most Their relationship, as well as the parts told from her point of view helped me warm to her character and have empathy for her Hepworth has talent for developing multi layered characters Things are not as cut and dry as they seem Her writing evoked many different emotions in me as I read through the story and came to know and understand each character.So much of what takes place between the family ultimately involves miscommunication and misunderstanding You can t help but feel for where they ended up and wonder how different things could have been, if they had just taken the time to honestly communicate with each other and connect about the things that were important to them versus suffering through them alone Overall, this one drew me in immediately and kept me engrossed throughout It wasn t so much about the whodunnit as the complicated family dynamics that kept me turning the pages Thank you to Sally Hepworth, St Martin s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  9. says:

    I am just going to put my thoughts down and I am not going to get into the story but you can read the blurb for that.This is not a thriller It is a contemporary fiction and a slow burning mystery I want thriller fans to know this because I really struggled with This book I am the wrong audience for it I am not a big fan of contemporary fiction or a slow burning mystery I did like it close to the ending but I didn t love it I did love the premise of the book and I was intrigued enough to find out what happened to Diana This one seemed to drag a lot I think of it was shorter, it would be a lot better It just had too much random imformation that was not needed In the last 70% of the novel it did a complete u turn and I really enjoyed it, but it was a little too late for that My connection with the characters grew and I was happy that I finally grasped the connection to the characters I was shocked when I found out what happened to Diana I never guessed what happened to her and found this to be an unpredictable read I also thought that it was pausible I think the author did great with the characterization of Diana Close to the end I felt like I really understood her She suffered through depression My favorite characters were Diana and Lucy and I loved the bonding that they shared close to the end Lucy really needed this My most unlikable character was Lettie Diana was wealthy and she asked for an enormous amount of money and I can understand why Diana said, no because I thought she was unstable and couldn t handle the responsibility I thought she was a selfish spoiled brat Diana did help out her family when they needed it She did help out Ollie She just wanted her children to be able to stand on their two feet and work hard I do think she could of done for them though I also thought it was very well written.I just love that bookcover.This was a Traveling Sister read and it really made a good discussion because we all felt differently about the characters and things that happened in the book.I would strongly recommend this book to contemporary fiction and slow burning mystery fans I think that audience will love this book.I want to thank Netgalley, St Martin s Press and the author for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  10. says:

    Intensely Readable and Immensely Dishy What is it about in laws that makes them so abhorred Is it their constant meddling Perhaps their subtle, but persistent disapproval of every little thing For Lucy, she just wants her Mother in law, Diana, to love her Accept her But that is never going to happen At least not as long as Diana walks the earth .For originality, this one deserves five stars In addition, this was Hepworth s first attempt at the thriller genre, and I think she nailed it I ve always loved her work, but I was a little apprehensive about whether or not she could pull off a suspense novel I m here to tell you she rocked it I don t want to share too much about the plot or characters, because I feel you should know as little as possible going into this one There is a huge twist, that was very well executed Not only was this a supreme psychological thriller, but it was a meditation on the dysfunction between families I always love me some good drama There is a storm brewing in the East coast and in my opinion, you should put on something cozy, and get this book It s a delight to behold Thank you to St Martins press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review

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