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...more
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 ...more
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 time...it’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.” ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
In my humble opinion, this is Hepworth’s best yet an ...more
‘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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more