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The Mother-in-Law

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  615 ratings  ·  123 reviews
After a whirlwind romance, a young woman from California makes a rash decision and marries a handsome Floridian after knowing him for only one month.
She gives up everything she knows to move cross country to live with her new husband, a widower, and his five-year-old son.
Everything seems idyllic until they arrive at her husband's oceanfront home, and she meets her mother-
Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published September 2nd 2017 by Judy Moore
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Diane Lynch
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The perfect man! What about his mom? He thinks she’s perfect. She’s not. New husband, town, home and family. This is the dream life Victoria thinks she’s walking into after marrying Brad. Victory’s life slowly turns into a living nightmare.
Suspenseful. Well developed characters.
Page turner. What a plot. The house they live in is so crucial it becomes its own character.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Mother In Law by Judy Moore is a great read. From the beginning I was pretty intrigued. This is an easy light read even though some of the content isn’t. I figured some plot stuff out but other things I didn’t until almost the end. I read this pretty quickly and found myself wanting to find out what happened during the day but I just didn’t have time to read it all in one day. I was rooting for Andy, Brad and Victoria and I found it a bit frustrating that he was so blinded by his mother. I k ...more
Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
Victoria meets Brad in Las Vegas and after a month, they get married there. But he lives in Florida, so she packs up everything to move their with him. Little does she know there is a mother-in-law living in the house along with Brad's son. Each day reveals something else about her new mother-in-law that is not only suspicious but also very scary.

As the secrets and lies come out, Victoria finds herself with a decision to stay or leave. But her love for Brad might also put her in danger.

Loved thi
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Mother-in-Law
By Judy Moore
4 stars

When I first read the blurb for this book I was intrigued. I knew it probably wasn’t something like I usually read but I was interested. I actually really enjoyed the book; it was a real intriguing read. There were quite a few twists and turns along the way and there was no way I was expecting that ending! I liked the characters and hated some of them! I thought the author wrote a really good, twisty plot line that kept my interest throughout. I had a little
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

The Mother in Law is a great read from Judy Moore. This is my first book from this author, and after reading this book I would definitely buy more of her work.
I found the book to be a little slow to begin with, as the author laid the foundations to the story- there was some information that really wasn’t needed, a lot of details that slowed the flow and just seemed to draw out/prolong the lead up into the story. The book is promoted as a thriller, but I felt that it was more ‘suspenseful
Bobbi Wagner
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Mother-In-Law by Judy Moore is suspenseful romance story. This is my first book by this author and I fully enjoyed it. I enjoyed how her writing style was easy flowing and engaging. Her attention to details made me feel like I was right there with the characters. Her characters are both connectable and true to life. They took me on a few twists and turns that I didn't see coming and had me on the edge of my seat a few times. This is the story as a man and woman who meet in Las Vegas. They ge ...more
Felicia  Bates
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Mother-In-Law is my first Judy Moore read and likely not my last. This fast paced read is 4 stars in my eyes, the plot was consistent and never over the top while still keeping my interest throughout.
I loved Victoria and found myself cringing throughout much of what she endured while rolling my eyes and thinking “oh come on” at some of the antics she was put through. I wanted to step in and intervene for her sake! I found myself sympathizing with Victoria instantly and hoping that she would
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story was a good read. It was a little predictable, but at the same time kept me turning each page to find out just out the twists and turns would go. The author did a great job with her descriptions as I could visualize the book in my head as I read each chapter. It was like watching a movie in a way, which is a great writer when they can get that through to the reader. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a good quick read, as it is a good book.
Lady Delacour
3.8 Stars for this
Enjoyable entertaining
nutsy mother-In-law story.
To add to the fun factor,
it took place in the hometown
of my Goodreads friend Trish.
Listened with TTS.
Some Foul Language.
Kim Shofner
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad I met my mother in law before I married my husband. Granted she's great, but if she'd been like Brad's mom there wouldn't be a wedding until he confiscated his family jewels back. Brad was great to begin with but once he was home he wasn't the same. I think Victoria learned her lesson. Don't blindly marry into a family. The end twisted me up a little. I thought I had it figured out but I was wrong. This author has such a way of describing everything I almost felt like I was there. T ...more
Victoria Williams
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced and gripping. Very satisfying ending. Read in on sitting. Highly recommend
Lynn Vaillancourt
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great, suspenseful family drama in the style of Liane Moriarty.
This was a freebie for my Kindle and it got pretty good reviews. The 5 stars I cannot agree with at all. It was a fast read and stated in the book that it was a "light read." I take that to mean that it didn't require a genius mind to figure out any of the plot. It is all pretty much spelled out in the book for the reader. It is called "The Mother-in-Law" for a reason and I can't fathom having a mother- in- law like Victoria had. Pure evil! It was a better than average read for me. Needed some e ...more
Laura Cohen
May 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
A fine if predictable story. Written at a 4th grade level, with so much unnecessary detail on stupid stuff like what was for dinner but lack of detail on, say, why a woman would marry a man she’d known for a month having never met his child from a dead wife. *shrug*
Adele Shea
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really really enjoyed this book. Brad's Mother really does live up to the stereotypical traits of a horrible Mother in Law (and then some times a hundred).
Very easy to read.
Lorraine Seville
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
“The Mother-in-Law” by Judy Moore.
Victoria and Bradley meet on a course and, after a whirlwind romance, marry. But is it a case of ‘Marry in haste; Repent at Leisure’?
Victoria marries the man of her dreams after a whirlwind romance and gives up her home, friends and family to move with him to his house in Florida. However, she finds that Brad has not been completely open with her and that, amongst other things, he expects her to live in the family home with his over-bearing, domineering mother.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
“The past is in the past and it should stay there…”
This was my first read by Judy Moore and I thought that it was a fairly good suspenseful read. I didn’t get as much of the thriller part that I had hoped for when I had read the synopsis, but over all it was a good quick read.
What was supposed to be a job training trip to for Brad, turned into a whirlwind romance between him and Victoria. The two barely know each other for a month before they find themselves in a wedding chapel in Vegas saying ‘
Sophia Turner
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review for the mother in law.
This book, gees, it kept me wondering what the hell was going on. The mystery and suspense of it was excellent. Frist, to be honest I couldn’t understand why Victoria would put up with that mess. She should have told Brad just where to go and to take his evil ass mother with him. The only way I could excuse Victoria’s actions was because of her love for her stepson Andy. Her mother in-law however, was another story. She was very controlling to both her son and grands
Rebecca Austin
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Victoria Verducci has been in Las Vegas for a work conference where she meets Brad Reynolds, a single dad who she begins to hang out with every day. Before the conference is over Brad asks her to marry him and transfer from San Diego to Florida to be with him.

But when Victoria arrives in Florida she realizes things are completely different than she expected with her mother-in-law, Madeline, living in the house. Victoria is frustrated with Brad not standing up to his mother and the lies his mom i
Heather Martin
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book should serve as a life lesson for anyone who decides to marry a stranger, give up their life and move across the country for said stranger. Victoria and Brad have a whirlwind romance in Vegas while they’re both attending a training. Victoria is very naive. She believes she’s met the perfect man, married him, gave up everything in California to move to Florida, and then finds out that the perfect man is not a truthful man and has hidden some important things from her.

I found Victoria an
Jerold Last
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
After a whirlwind courtship Victoria marries Brad in Las Vegas, packs up all her belongings, and moves with him from California to his home in Florida where they plan to live happily ever after. But things don’t quite work out as planned. The happy couple moves into the large and opulent family house on a beautiful beach where several surprises await Victoria. It seems Brad forgot to mention a few minor details: He’s been married before and has a sweet young son and the Mother-in-Law from hell, ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Mother-in-Law is the first book I have read by Judy Moore, but I would definitely read more. The description got me interested, and the story kept my interest until the end. Based on the title and description, I knew something was going to be up with the mother in law, and it was fairly predictable, but still had some twists along the way. The story was descriptive enough, and had enough suspense to keep me hooked until the end.
Victoria meets Brad at a work convention, and they are instantl
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While in Las Vegas for work-related training, Victoria meets the man of her dreams, Brad Reynolds. And so begins the suspenseful novel The Mother-In-Law by Judy Moore.
You know it’s too good to be true when in the first couple pages the heroine meets a great guy who hits all her buttons for what she is looking for in the perfect man: sweet, good looking, nice manners, not to mention a single father to a sweet little boy as well as a widower, you know something has to be wrong. After packing up h
Erin Davidson
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
The Mother-in-Law by Judy Moore is a suspense thriller novel that would be more aptly titled monster-in-law. This book is the perfect poster child for why you should never marry someone that you haven’t known more than a month. Which is exactly what Victoria does. Too her it was a fairy tale; she found true love and put a ring on it as fast as she could. But not all fairy tales have a happy ending, especially if there’s an estranged mother-in-law.
This was slow thriller book. It took a long time
The Mother-in-Law by Judy Moore was an okay read about how boundaries can get blurry and how obsession can turn deadly.

Not my first read by this author, so I was excited to get my hands on this read. It played out kind of how I expected but still a pretty okay read overall.

I have to say, I wasn't as drawn in as I was with this author's other works. For a fast read, I found the build up a little too blunt and straightforward, and there wasn't much mystery. There was so much that could have been
Joyce Stewart Reviews
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
.The Mother-in-Law

By Judy Moore

370 pages

📗📘📙MY REVIEW : 📙📘📗

Talk about a page turner ! The Mother-in-Law is a mind blowing, suspenseful ,shocking psychological thriller . I absolutely could not put it down once I started. I just had to know how far Madeline ( the evil Mother -n - law) was willing to go to maintain control over her son and grandson . The whole story was very well-written & interesting right until the very end.This author makes the whole story come alive ( it was as if i was livin
Amber Daulton
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Victoria agreed to marry Brad Reynolds after only a month of dating, thinking her dreams of a happily ever after are about to come true. After leaving her job and moving across the country with Brad, she finally meets his adorable son, Andy, and his mother, Madeline. Her mother-in-law, however, isn’t exactly what she hoped for. As Victoria’s life begins to unravel, she realizes she’s made a hasty and possibly dangerous mistake. Though she loves Brad and now Andy, she can’t stay in Madeline’s hou ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
a great read about one mothers controlling influence over her sons life. Victoria has fallen in love with Brad in Las Vegas and marries him in a whirlwind romance. She moves with him to Brads family home to meet his son. However, when she arrives she discovers his mother is staying there. intimidated, she realises Brads mother does not like her but tries to make the best of the situation. but when the dislike turns to hate and things escalate and strange events ovvur, will Brad choose between th ...more
Lisette Gonzalez
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Mother-in-Law
By Judy Moore
4 Stars

The Mother-In-Law by Judy Moore is suspenseful romance and it is the story of Victoria and Brad. Both Brad and Victoria met in Vegas and it was instant connection that both married within a month of meeting. Victoria decides right after getting married to Brad, to move cross country to Brad’s home in Florida. Brad is a widow and has a 5 year old son, which is mostly taken care of by his Mother, that happens to live with him also. Brad’s mother is very mysteri
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Judy Moore is the author of the popular thriller, "The Mother-in-Law," described by Kirkus Reviews as “A sharply written, suspenseful, domestic thriller.” She is also the author of three traditional mystery novels: "Somebody in the Neighborhood," "Murder in Vail," and "Murder at the Country Club."
Her latest book is a cozy mystery, "A Book Signing to Die For," the first of three standalone cozy mys

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