The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by St. Martin's Press
About the Book:
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. 

This was an excellent read that kept me on my toes. The ending was a surprise to me although I’m sure there are those who will say it was obvious from the beginning. The book just had me enthralled. Sally Hepworth brings this story alive. There are times when you find yourself thinking what would I do if this was me. You turn page after page and find yourself holding your breath. You turn each page thinking ok I have this figured out, only to find you have no idea.

It’s genius with scads of suspects and twists & turns in the plot line to keep you guessing, and a surprising perp when all is said and done. What’s at play? Once again love and greed are in the mix making for very powerful motives. Once you start, you won’t want to put it down. This story will keep drawing you in to the very end...a riveting read that I finished in one sitting.

Thank you NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and Sally Hepworth for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.



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