Monday, April 22, 2019

Julie's Review: The Mother-In-Law

Author: Sally Hepworth
Series: None
Publication Date: April 26, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 352
Obtained: Great Thoughts, Great Readers Book Salon 
Genre:  Mystery
Rating: 3.75/5
Bottom Line: Not your typical MIL book
Grab, Just get it at the library, or Remove from your TBR list? Library

Summary: From 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 for. But 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-law. That 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 something...From the bestselling author of The Family Next Door comes a new page-turner about that trickiest of relationships. 

Review: I really enjoyed this book and the characters of Lucy and Diana. I almost felt like the rest of the characters weren't needed except for context. Lucy lost her mother when she was a young girl, so when she meets Ollie's mom, Diana, she wants to connect with her to have that motherly bond. Except Diana, isn't very open to that, in fact she pretty much blows Lucy off. 

We get both points of view from Lucy and Diana which are interesting because we see how these two women could bond if they would only let their guards down, more so Diana but Lucy begins to freeze her out as well. 

The book also switches back and forth between the past and present which allows the reader to have some context into the complexity of these relationships. I like complex relationships and what couldn't be more complex than a mother in law and daughter in law?! 

Ms. Hepworth does a great job of keeping you guessing until the end. I will say as the book went along I didn't see the twists coming except for who did in Diana. 


Stephanie April 22, 2019 at 8:15 AM  

Ooh, this sounds good! It doesn't sound too dark- I don't read a lot of books that involve murder, but I'm intrigued by the mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship here!

Julie April 22, 2019 at 3:44 PM  

It’s more about complicated relationship than the murder. The murder itself isn’t gruesome.

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