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The Mother-in-Law

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  738 ratings  ·  441 reviews

Someone once told me that you have two families in your life - the one you are born into and the one you choose. Yes, you may get to choose your partner, but you don't choose your mother-in-law. The cackling mercenaries of fate determine it all.

From the moment Lucy met Diana, she was kept at arm's length. Diana is exquisitely polite, but Lucy knows, even after marrying O

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Macmillan Australia
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Susanne Strong
5 Simply Irresistible Stars.

Sally Hepworth is the Master of Domestic Suspense! This is a heart pounding mystery that I was racing to finish! It’s complexities and craziness had me wild-eyed right up until its shocking end. A favorite read for this the year!

Mother-in-Laws, as well all know, are not to be trifled with.
Sometimes they’re scarier than others and sometimes you hit the jackpot. Perhaps it’s because of the competition factor, mothers not being able to let go of their sons, or wives
Kaceey - Traveling Sister
All I can say is, Magnificent!! This book is headed straight to my favorites’ shelf!!

Oh that poor mother-in-law! Boy, she’s been getting a bad rap lately. This is the third book I’ve read recently regarding a so called “evil mother in law.” This’s just a bit different.

There are two sides to every story. Maybe it’s time we all heard the mother in law’s side of the story....

Told from 2 points of view of Lucy the daughter-in-law and Diana. Yup, you guessed it...Diana “the mother in law.”
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I am a huge fan of this author. “The Mother’s Promise” was my first Sally Hepworth novel and is one of my favorite books.

The first line in the description of this novel grabbed my attention…

A twisty, compelling novel about one woman’s complicated relationship with her mother-in-law that ends in murder…

I couldn’t wait to start reading!

The story begins with a police car pulling up to the home of Lucy and her husband, Ollie.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intensely Readable and Immensely Dishy!

What is it about in-laws that makes them so abhorred? Is it their constant meddling? Perhaps their subtle, but persistent disapproval of every little thing. For Lucy, she just wants her Mother-in-law, Diana, to love her. Accept her. But that is never going to happen. At least not as long as Diana walks the earth . . .

For originality, this one deserves five stars. In addition, this was Hepworth's first attempt at the thriller genre, and I think she nailed
Katie B
I try not to give out 5 stars too often but this one was special and deserving in terms of how much I enjoyed it and took away from it. I went into this thinking it would just be a typical mother in law story but there was so much more to it than that. It explored not just the mother and daughter in law relationship but also the dynamics between child/parent, husband/wife, and siblings. It was one of those reading experiences in which you seriously start reflecting on your own life and how you d ...more
Elyse Walters
When Jordan at St. Martin’s Publishing presented this book to me to read and review- I definitely ‘paused’’, thinking this could be an interesting topic, yet I definitely had reservations of concern. I didn’t want to create problems - add more to my already - sometimes challenging relationship with my mother in-law.
However - this book is so far off from anything in my life - I didn’t relate to any of it.

NOTES OF INTEREST.....about in-laws’ ......It’s a hot topic in the news today. Review of t
1.5 stars

Let me be clear that I think an author can choose to write her characters any way she wants, and I can choose to read it or not. But this was an issue book with characters vs a book with characters who have issues. I prefer the latter. If the author is going to write an issue(s) book then I’m going to comment on what I disliked about her stance on those issues. It is not the characters so much as the fact the author seems to be pushing an agenda.

We are told from the start that Diana, th
Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets.

Standing at the door of those secrets is the sentinel of our choosing who presents the face of the moment. We don the mask we find appropriate and carry it forward while protecting the truism of self.

Sally Hepworth presents an absolutely dynamic story that weaves its way into a family unit that has locked down their deceptions with bolt and key. She is a wizard at revealing just enough backstory on her varied characters to more than wet your whistle. Cha
Holly  B
Relationships can be complicated, especially when it involves the "Mother-in-law". 

A  twisted family situation and a hidden motive lead to murder. The MIL is Diana and my opinion of  her changed so many times throughout the book and she certainly surprised me in the end.

The first chapter was intense and sets the stage for a compelling read. We get the POV of Diana and Lucy (the daughter in law).  Their relationship is complicated and Lucy has many insecurities when it comes to Diana. The autho
I read one of Sally Hepworth's earlier novels last year and immediately connected with her writing style and storytelling approach. I marked the rest of her books as TBR, then saw The Mother-in-Law available via NetGalley. I was lucky enough to be approved for an ARC earlier this week and began reading it right away. What an emotional and angst-ridden tale about the relationship between several family members who can feel all too real and all too fake at the exact same time. I truly enjoyed this ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
5 stars! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I deliberated on this one for a couple days, and as much as I thought about it when I wasn’t reading it, I knew it had to be a five-r! This book explores the complex mother-in-law/daughter-in-law (and mother/daughter) relationship in a way I’ve not seen before. It was also explosively dramatic and well-written. Full review to come much closer to pub date in April! I continue to love Sally Hepworth!

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the copy. All opinions are my own.
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Gripping and haunting — there’s a poetry to the story told in The Mother-in Law that is so captivating and suspenseful, you will think about it for days after reading it.

Over 24-hours after finishing Sally Hepworth’s The Mother-In-Law, there are still so many nuances I’m left turning over in my mind and unpacking. This is a thought-provoking novel of domestic suspense. I hate to compare it to other authors, though there are a few I see, because Hepworth to me has a truly unique voice and a story
Having lost her mother at a tender age, Lucy Goodwin was looking forward to finding a surrogate in her mother-in-law but realized at their first encounter that wasn’t going to be a reality. Diana Goodwin was a complicated woman with strong convictions about life and service. Though her husband, Tom, provided balance to her somewhat aloof nature, Diana still was the driving force in the family, expecting her two children to stand on their own and not look to their affluent parents as a safety net ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everybody in Diane's life has reason to want her dead, including Diane herself.

There seems to be an influx of cliché evil mother-in-law stories right now but this one really stands out from the crowd.

Diana, mother-in-law to Lucy, is found dead in her home of what initially appears to be a suicide. What ensues is a clever whodunnit with an array of characters, each one fleshed out perfectly, all so relatable that at times I could imagine myself sitting down to dinner with them.

With the number o
Dec 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley, jan-mar
I have asked myself this question a few times in the past. What is it that makes me dislike a book while so many others have voiced their acclaim and praise for this book? Was it the setting, the writing, or the characters, or could it be a combination of all three?

In the book, The Mother In Law, I am going to say it was most definitely the characters, particularly that of Diana, the erstwhile mother in law of the story. She was to me a vile woman so intent on making sure her children were not s
Sally Hepworth completely sucked me in with this compulsive engaging addictive story that took a hold of me and did not let go until the last page was turned!

An intense twisty story about the complicated relationship of mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. A tale that will resonate with many!

Full review on publication date April 23, 2019

Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a fantastic read! Thank you NetGalley for my arc copy of The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth.

Lucy has a complicated relationship with her mother in law, Diana. Lucy is a very sweet and lovable person. She she was thirteen years old, her mother passed away. More than anything, she wants a close and loving relationship with her mother-in-law. Diana, however isn't interested and doesn't care (very cold). Diana even struggles being close with her own children. The story is told through tw
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Irresistible, addicting, and brilliant storytelling that will leave you breathless!

4 strong stars for The Mother-in-Law! First read by Sally Hepworth and it will definitely not be my last.

Full review closer to pub date 4/23/19.

j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

There are two ways of looking at this book. If you go in hungry for a light family drama, you will be satisfied with this quick, easy read.

I'm not that type.

I wanted it to be more. I think I'm jaded after reading so many gripping psychological thrillers. Yes, there is a dead body, but I found the story to be very Meh. It kept my interest until the end, but just barely.

Lucy has a cool and aloof mother-in-law, Diana. Diana is known for her charitable work with refugees, but is a distant
The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth is a mystery/thriller 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. Lucy wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law.

Chapters alternate between past and present from the POV of Lucy, the daughter-in-law to Diana, the mother-in-law.

The story is set in Melbourne, Australia. Lucy is married to Ollie with three young children. Ol
Babydimps (Suzy)
3 stars! ⭐⭐⭐

Who killed Diana? The cops say suicide, but every member of the family certainly has motive in The Mother-in-Law.

Maybe I missed something, but this book didn’t live up to the hype for me. There weren’t really any shocking moments, but I did enjoy the reveal and the story. Hepworth did a magnificent job of keeping me guessing throughout the book. I was suspicious of every single person. The characters, especially Diana (mother-in-law), were not likable people. Diana is bitter and unlo
A thought-provoking, emotionally-charged, insightful look into the breakdown and unravelling of a family.

4.5 Rounded Down

Lucy has always had a complicated relationship with her mother-in-law, Diana. When, Diana is found dead, evidence points to her having taken her own life. But, when the autopsy reveals she was suffocated, every member of Diana's family is a suspect – including Lucy.

The mother-in-law/daughter-in-law dynamic between Diana and Lucy held a particular fascination for me. In Lucy’s
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is mostly told with past and present chapters by Lucy, the daughter in law, and Diane, the mother in law. Since Diane is dead when the book starts, all her chapters are from the past, while Lucy's chapters are from both the past and present. Lucy is married to Ollie, whose sister Nettie, is married to Paul. There is also Tom, husband of Diane and father of Ollie and Nettie. On occasion, I would get a little confused about the timeline of things, with the past and present chapters mixed ...more
The shock at hearing from the two police officers who’d arrived at Lucy and Ollie’s door that Diana, Ollie’s mother and Lucy’s mother-in-law was dead, was immense. It looked like suicide – but there would be an autopsy. Then there were questions – and secrets deeply entrenched…

Lucy knew she didn’t match up to her mother-in-law’s standards; she certainly wasn’t who she would have chosen for her beloved son. But she also knew Diana loved her grandchildren. Lucy and Ollie’s three loved their Dido a
What a wonderfully different approach to family dynamics... Lucy has always had a strained relationship with her mother-in-law, Diana and when Diana is found dead under suspicious circumstances, everyone’s involvement is called into question - from Lucy to her husband Ollie, sister in law Nettie & Nettie’s Husband Patrick. Told in alternating perspectives from Lucy & Diana, the plot begins to unravel and shocking secrets come to light.

In my humble opinion, this is Hepworth’s best yet an
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
4.5 stars
‘Someone once told me that you have two families in your life – the one you are born into and the one you choose. But that’s not entirely true, is it? Yes, you may get to choose your partner, but you don’t, for instance, choose your children. You don’t choose your brothers- or sisters-in-law, you don’t choose your partner’s spinster aunt with the drinking problem, or cousin with the revolving door of girlfriends who don’t speak English. More importa
leslie hamod
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thank the author Sally Hepworth and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read and review this book objectively.
I would give this book more than five stars! It is longer than my most recent reads but I couldn't put this down! A psychological thriller beyond my expectations! I loved every dear page! How do we misconstrue the actions of absence of words? How do others misconstrue our words and actions? When is it too late? Throw in an exorbitant inheritance and a murder, it's a ride you will
The Mother-In-Law is 2019's Big Little Lies, so whether or not you enjoyed Liane Moriarty's novel, buckle up for the year of the mother!

In a battle between mother-in-law and future daughter-in-law, only one can reign supreme. However, after five years into Lucy's marriage to Ollie, Lucy has been declared winner—at the expense of her mother-in-law, Diana's life. Diana was found dead with a suicide note nearby claiming culpability. According to Diana's note, she was battling cancer and took her
Sherri Thacker
Just a fabulous book! Loved it - the whole thing through! Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with this copy for my honest opinion.
3..75 stars

Lucy lost her own mom when she was just 13 years old, so, she was always hoping that when she married, her “Mother In Law” would fill the void.

But, how often does THAT really happen?

Diana is “stand-offish” from their first meeting, even though she admits to her friends that she thinks Lucy, her new daughter-in-law, is “fine.” .

It doesn’t matter how hard Lucy tries, Diana is not really warm towards anybody except her husband Tom, and the refugee women she chooses to help through he
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Sally Hepworth is the bestselling author of The Secrets of Midwives (2015), The Things We Keep (2016) and The Mother's Promise (2017), and The Family Next Door (Feb 2018). Sally's books have been labelled “enchanting” by The Herald Sun, “smart and engaging” by Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Times bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Emily Giffin have praised Sally’s novels as “women’s fiction ...more