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The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth @SallyHepworth @StMartinsPress @about_thethrill

Sally Hepworth nailed it here for us with this better than expected and not what we expected must read which is out for sale tomorrow April 23, 2019.

Norma’s review

Clever, impactful & irresistible!

This book was nothing like I imagined it to be…..it was so much more than your typical “evil” mother-in-law tale!! Loved it!! 

THE MOTHER-IN-LAW by SALLY HEPWORTH is a gripping, captivating, thought-provoking, and fabulous mystery/thriller that I was immediately drawn into and devoured quickly. The story was so darn entertaining and absolutely un-put-down-able!!!! 

SALLY HEPWORTH delivers quite the unexpected, clever, engaging, complex and well-written story here told in alternating chapters between the past and the present in both Diana (mother-in-law) and Lucy’s perspectives. The storyline was brilliantly plotted, flowed seamlessly and the characterizations were absolutely spot-on. The dynamics between these characters totally fascinated and entertained me. And it was so interesting to hear from both sides as each of them had their own interpretations of what they actually meant or how they felt or thought about certain scenarios. 

The mystery itself here was done so well and not rushed at all. It was another one of those books where the fantastic storytelling guides and entertains you without any shocking unrealistic scenes. The storyline is full of twists and turns and so subtlety interspersed that totally snuck up on me in the end. I love it when an author is so talented to shock you with her writing style alone which just makes that pivotal moment much more shocking in its own right. Brilliant!!

Brenda’s review

Fractured relationships, complicated Mother- in-law, a suicide or murder and family secrets.

The Mother-In-Law is a compelling, multilayered, clever, and suspenseful domestic mystery that felt more like contemporary fiction that explores more the dynamics within the character than the mystery involving a suspicious death. There is a lot to explore and think about here with the depth to these characters.

The story is told in the POV of the mother-in-law Diana and her daughter-in-law Lucy.  We see more of their deeper thoughts through their POV and as we come to understand them and their relationship.  Diana is one of the most interesting characters I have read about with a lot to her then what you see on the surface.  She made for a great character to explore and talk about.

I devoured this one as fast as I could and was completely drawn into the lives of these characters.  I turned those pages as fast as I could and then slowly took in all the depth and layers to the characters.

The Mother-In-Law is a great choice for group reads as it really is a great thought-provoking story that brought out some different views of the characters and their dynamics. For me that is what makes a story so well layered is the many things it leaves you to think, explore and discuss and the Mother-in-Law sure did that for us. With each comment it gave me something else to think about. I highly recommend!

Lindsay’s review

 A twisty, addictive, suspense-filled family drama!

Lucy yearns to connect with her mother-in-law Diana. Having lost her own mother, she craves a maternal connection. However, Diana has always kept Lucy an arm’s length away – always being kind and available, but never quite embracing her with warmth and welcome into the family. 

The police knock on Lucy’s door one evening to inform her and her husband, Ollie, that Diana was found dead in her home, a suicide note tucked into her desk drawer. Left in devastating shock, Lucy and Ollie, along with Ollie’s sister and husband are left to pick up the pieces of their mother’s life. Diana was a wealthy and well-respected community figure who lived alone, having lost her loving husband years prior. As the days progress, several details come to light surrounding Diana’s death. The police come back to question Lucy and Ollie. Everything Lucy thought she knew about her husband and his family is challenged. Was Diana’s death truly a suicide? Did someone want Diana dead? 

I loved the pace and flow of this novel. It is narrated by several characters, all of which held an intricate perspective to the story. It was an engrossing, truly addictive journey that I hungrily devoured, my mind flip flopping between possibilities of scenarios of what actually happened. This book kept me on my toes, my suspicions thrown all over the place, flipping those pages as fast as possible. I am a big fan of the author, Sally Hepworth’s, writing. I’ve read and enjoyed several of her books and look forward to what she has in the future. 

From Kim’s review

Wow, I loved it! Please add me to the huge list of fans for Sally Hepworth.

The age old mother- in- law vs  daughter- in- law dilemma. Except this time the mother in law Diana ends up dead! Certainly even though Lucy and Diana have had their differences in the past, it surely would not have come to this?! As we search for the answer to this question we are privy to both Lucy and Diana’s point of view. Which allowed us to see how each really felt about the other as we got a look into each of their thoughts.

This book started out with a bang and did not let up. I literally flew through this book in less than 24 hours because I could not put it down! I loved the writers style which kept me gripped to the pages until the very end. I know that many will think Diana is unlikable, but dare I say I loved her. Yes I did! For Kim’s full review

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29 thoughts on “The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth @SallyHepworth @StMartinsPress @about_thethrill

  1. Oooh I gotta read this author’s books as I keep getting rejected. Sheesh… But this book is on my amazon wishlist. At the moment it is expensive, well someday I hope to get this
    Great reviews.. I loved how the book was so well liked by all of you

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  2. I loved reading this one with you all!! This is my first book by this author and I was blown away with her writing style. I loved it!!! Fantastic Traveling Sister read! Made for an interesting group chat!

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    1. Such a great discussion. So much to think about. I love it! I have a couple more of her books I haven’t read yet and hope to!

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    1. Thank you, Mary! I hope you can read it soon and love it. I have a couple more of her books I hope to get to! I am glad to see you enjoyed the ones you have read.

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  3. Hi, I’ve seen The Mother-In-Law on other blogs and now, reading your reviews, I think I’m going to have to read it! Thank you, also, for visiting my blog so often. I appreciate your interest and support!

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