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March 26, 2019

The Mother-in-Law {Sally Hepworth}

the mother in law sally hepworth
From the moment Lucy met Diana, she was kept at arm's length. Diana is exquisitely polite, but Lucy knows, even after marrying Oliver, that they'll never have the closeness she'd been hoping for.

But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice, the matriarch of a loving family. Lucy had wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law.

That was ten years ago. Now, Diana has been found dead, leaving a suicide note. But the autopsy reveals evidence of suffocation. And everyone in the family is hiding something...

My Thoughts:
Sally Hepworth is a new author to me, but she has made me an instant fan with this book. I loved these characters. I loved this story. And my jaw hit the floor when I got to the end.

This story deals with a number of storylines, but the main one centers on Diane and her daughter-in-law, Lucy. Lucy's mother passed away years ago, so Lucy married into her new family with high hopes for her relationship with her mother-in-law. The relationship did not meet her expectations. At all.

The way Diane treated Lucy was, at times, what I considered cruel. But as this book progressed, I began to see Diane's point in many of the issues they clashed over, and I began to see Diane as more of the "good guy" in the relationship. But Lucy was also a good one and supported her husband and family in an unconditional way that every wife should strive to do.

I loved Lucy's relationship with her husband also and they ease at which they worked as a team to raise their children, provide for their family, and take a stand against Ollie's parents.

But as this book continues, there is a shift in Lucy and Diane's relationship, and it is just beautiful to see the two ladies begin to understand each other in a way only women can. These two ladies create a bond that can only be broken in death - a death that happens and shocks the entire family.

This book is ultimately a thriller and watching this family work through the death of their mother, the investigation into what was assumed to be a suicide, and the consequences that came from all of it kept me on the edge of my seat. As puzzle pieces began coming together I thought I had this story all figured out. But then the end arrived and I was so completely wrong. Yet, the way this book ended was so much better than what I had conjured up in my head!

This is one of those books that I could read over and over again simply for the beauty in the bond that forms between Lucy and Diane. It deserved a place on every reading list.

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley

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