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The Mother-in-Law

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The Mother-in-Law

By Sally Hepworth

Released: 2019-01-29
Genre: Fiction & Literature
Size: 1.35 MB

Total Downloads: 902
Score: 4.5

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  • From the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Sister and The Family Next Door with new novel The Younger Wife out now.

    "Hepworth turns up the tension in her latest Australian-set domestic suspense novel. A masterful depiction... makes this a winner for fans of Liane Moriarty and Megan Abbott" Booklist (starred review)

    Everyone in this family is hiding something.

    You may get to choose your partner, but you don't get to choose your mother-in-law.

    From the moment Lucy met Diana, she was kept at arm's length. Even after marrying Oliver, Lucy knew they'd never be close.

    But who could fault Diana? A pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice, the matriarch of a loving family.

    That was ten years ago. Now, Diana has been found dead. There is a suicide note, but the autopsy reveals foul play. And everyone in this family is hiding something . . .

    A thrilling page-turner about that trickiest of relationships.


    "Readers will race to the end of this clever novel to find the truth." Publishers Weekly

    "We devoured it in just one sitting. Bet you will too!" Women's Day

    "The Mother-in-Law is indeed twisty and suspenseful, but even more than that, it's clever and nuanced." Kelly Rimmer, bestselling author of Me Without You

    "Absolutely stunning. The Mother-in-Law has so many layers - I'll be thinking about it for a long time." Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight Without Silence

    'Will keep you guessing until the very end' - Us Weekly

    'Deliciously entertaining, packed with wit and suspense and also delivers sharp insights about family dynamics and love' - People Magazine


    "Sally Hepworth writes compelling, compassionate novels with characters you come to know and love. She is one of my favourite Australian writers." Liane Moriarty, bestselling author of The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers

    "Hepworth's novels are perfect for lovers of Big Little Lies." Library journal (starred review)

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      Loved it!!@Claire_A_B

      Very enjoyable and well written.

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      Excellent novel@Crystaljacq

      I enjoyed this book so much, I found myself unable to put it down. My favourite of Sally Hepworth’s so far!

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      Love this book@Shyfody

      Loved the different perspectives explored, especially the mother in law and her daughter in law. Such a complex misunderstood relationship.

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      I really enjoyed reading this story. You will too!

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      The Mother-in-Law@exiled abroad

      Simply a brilliant read! Loved it!

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      Loved this book@2013aq

      Another great read Sally! I have enjoyed all your book but this one is my favourite.

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      Brilliant Read!@Marns17

      This is the story of a family told from the perspective of Lucy and her mother in-law Diana, switching from the present to the past. Right from the beginning, when Lucy met Diana their relationship was strained. Even after Lucy marries Diana’s son Ollie their relationship does not improve. Lucy tries everything to appease Diana but nothing seems to work. What is more bewildering for Lucy is that her relationship with her father and sister-in law is strong so why can’t she connect with Diana? Diana is a well respected member with strong ties to her community and an advocate to her charity who lives a very comfortable rich life so why can’t she open up and accept Lucy and why is she so controlling and unwilling to assist her son and daughter financially when needed. Over the years Diana continues to keep Lucy at arms length. Even the birth of her and Ollies three children dose not soften her. Then Diana is diagnosed with breast cancer. Not long after, Diana is found dead believed to have committed suicide. But upon investigation it is revealed that Diana did not have breast cancer at all and she in fact was murdered by suffocation. But who would want Diana dead and why did she lie about her cancer diagnosis? We are then taken on a journey of Diana’s life and what events shaped her to the woman she became and how her actions formed the divide between her family. Is one of the members of her family responsible for her murder? WOW what a read! This is the first book I have read from Sally Hepworth and it definitely won’t be my last. It is a suspenseful thriller that had me hooked right from the start. I don’t very often read books from authors from my home country of Melbourne Australia so it was great reading about places like Toorak, Sorrento, the Morning Peninsula and yes even Dandenong! It was very well written with believable characters that I could completely resonate with and it kept me wanting more. A well crafted mystery which I highly recommend. I rate this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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      Subtle and Beautiful@MyBookieWookieReviews

      I read this over the course of a day, beautifully written, so subtle for a murder mystery and really well developed characters. I would definitely recommend!