The Mother-in-Law #BookReview #NetGalley

Written by Sally Hepworth


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She has never approved of you. But it’s when her body is found the secrets really start to come out …

From the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, Diana, she was kept at arm’s length. Diana was exquisitely polite, and perfectly friendly, but Lucy knew that she was not what Diana envisioned. Even so, 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.

Everyone in the family is hiding something. But what? And where will the secrets stop?

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.








Spell-Binding!  Stars 5


A mesmerising tale of family dynamics, this is very easy to read; I was drawn in from the  beginning and seemed to reach the end very quickly!

Lucy loves Ollie; from the very first moment she met his parents she found his father, Tom, to be a warm and generous person. However Diana, his mother, was definitely chilly and stand-offish and it’s gripping to follow the relationship between the parents and their children; Ollie has a sister, Nettie. Like all families, there is what you see on the surface and what lies hidden beneath. Luckily, this novel follows both Lucy and Diana through the years, allowing us to peep into the history of each of them and get both perspectives.

This is my first Sally Hepworth novel and I find myself wondering why I haven’t read this author before? The story is spell-binding, with no obvious outcome. It is fast flowing, well-structured, skilfully crafted and such an easy read! I was very lucky with my own mother-in-law; with six children she was a warm and loving person and very accepting of me as a second wife. I now realise how lucky I was – Diana is certainly a bit of a cold fish but there are reasons for this and I felt as if I understood her more as the book progressed. Such clever writing didn’t reveal anything until almost the end – and I didn’t see that coming! A fabulous story, and thoroughly enjoyable. Another author to add to my ever-growing list of favourites, and definitely a 5* read.

My thanks to publisher Hodder & Stoughton for my copy via NetGalley. This is, of course, my honest and original review.


Tags: women’s psychological fiction
  • Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audio
  • Size: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 23 April 2019
  • Purchase Links: Google Play
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Meet the Author


Sally Hepworth


Sally Hepworth is the bestselling author of three previous novels, and a human resource professional. A graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, Sally started writing novels after the birth of her first child. Sally has lived around the world, spending extended periods in Singapore, the UK, and Canada, and she now writes full-time from her home in Melbourne, where she lives with her husband and two young children.








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