The Mother-in-Law

The Mother-in-Law

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 Oli Someone once told me that you have two families in your life - the one you are born into and the one you choose. Yes,...

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Title:The Mother-in-Law
Author:Sally Hepworth
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:The Mother-in-Law
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:340 pages pages

The Mother-in-Law Reviews

  • JanB
    Dec 23, 2018
    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 is...
  • Elyse Walters
    Oct 26, 2018
    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 chall...
  • Liz
    Mar 28, 2019
    This book has perfect timing. With the whole college scandal going on, the whole concept of what parents owe their children or how much help they should provide is especially apt. Losing her mother to cancer when she?s a teenager, Lucy envisions becoming bosom buddies with her ...
  • Susanne  Strong
    Sep 20, 2018
    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, a...
  • Emily May
    May 24, 2019
    I've read a number of thrillers lately, ranging from the quiet character drama of Miracle Creek and Disappearing Earth, to Coben's high-octane Run Away. And this book just sits blandly somewhere between the two. I had to think about my rating here. I almost upped it to 3 stars becau...
  • Debra
    Apr 14, 2019
    Families - there is the one you are born into, the one you marry into and the one you choose. When Lucy marries Ollie, she desperately wants to be accepted into his family, especially by his Mother Diana, as Lucy lost her mother at an early age. But from day one, Diana appears reser...
  • James
    Dec 15, 2018
    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 ...
  • Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
    May 22, 2019
    4.5 stars...rounded up! I could have written more, but in the end, there's really only two pieces of wisdom worth leaving behind. I worked hard for everything I ever cared about. And nothing I ever cared about cost a single cent. Lucy is married to Ollie and Lucy has the typica...
  • Linda
    Oct 07, 2018
    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 absolutel...
  • Joey R.
    Jul 11, 2019
    3.5 Stars? After reading several glowing reviews, I decided to give Sally Hepworth?s ?The Mother-in-Law? a try. This has been a year that I have focused on reading authors I?ve never read before, and this book looked interesting. After finishing the book I can definitely say ...
  • Kaceey
    Sep 20, 2018
    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 time...it?s just a bit d...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    Apr 22, 2019
    I am just going to put my thoughts down and I am not going to get into the story but you can read the blurb for that. This is not a thriller. It is a contemporary fiction and a slow burning mystery. I want thriller fans to know this because I really struggled with This book. I am th...
  • Deanna
    Jan 07, 2019
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 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? ?...
  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Mar 17, 2019
    Once again I find myself in the minority regarding reviews for this book, it is well loved by many. Truthfully I was hoping for a really good mystery but this is really more contemporary women?s fiction. Knowing that the main character is dead at the beginning definitely takes awa...
  • Erin
    Apr 14, 2019
    3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Although I am a single lady, it doesn't mean that I haven't heard my share of "mother in law" stories. Some women just cannot cut the cord even after their precious sons ge...
  • Sarah Joint
    May 09, 2019
    I had a lukewarm response to a book I read from this author before, but this one really defied expectations. I couldn't get through it fast enough, but then I had that sad, empty feeling when it was over that we're all familiar with. Not because it wasn't great, but that it was over. ...
  • Christina - Traveling Sister
    Apr 18, 2019
    3, I was expecting a thriller but this is definitely more contemporary fiction with a mystery but I still enjoyed it stars!! Full review along with a recipe for a lightened up chicken parm featured on my blog Recipe & a Read! When Lucy meets the love of her life Oliver ?Oll...
  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    Apr 21, 2019
    I received a widget for this all the way back in October from St. Martin's Press. Otherwise, I would have never requested an arc of this book. I'm not sure what prompted me to accept the widget, because I've kind of dreaded the thought of reading this book, and here am finally cracking...
  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    Apr 20, 2019
    4 This was NOT what I was expecting BUT I LOVED it stars! ???? Diana was a complicated woman. Her outward appearance depicts a wealthy, strong and even altruistic woman. Yet we instantly come to see that her family had a vastly different view of her and it wasn't all positiv...
  • Meredith
    Mar 24, 2019
    Mixed Feelings: One fascinating character coupled with one who was lacking turned this into just an ok read for me. The Mother-in-Law is a family drama that tracks the tumultuous relationship between a mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law. The book begins with the reader learn...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Dec 17, 2018
    5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? (Updated with full review for pub day today!) The opening scene is where a family, specifically a son and his wife, are being told that their mother (mother-in-law) was found dead. The story proceeds in dual narration. We hear from Lucy, the son?s ...
  • Berit☀️✨
    Dec 17, 2018
    Sally Hepworth completely sucked me in with this compulsive engaging addictive story! This book took a hold of me and did not let go until the last page was turned! This was an intense twisty story full of complex characters and complicated relationships. I absolutely love books th...
  • Holly  B
    Nov 08, 2018
    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. Th...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Apr 12, 2019
    Clever, impactful & irresistible! This book was nothing like I imagined it to be?..it was so much more than your typical ?evil? mother-in-law tale!! Loved it!! THE MOTHER-IN-LAW by SALLY HEPWORTH is a gripping, captivating, thought-provoking, and fabulous mystery/thril...
  • Katie B
    Sep 20, 2018
    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 a...
  • Crumb
    Dec 27, 2018
    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...
  • Michelle
    Apr 23, 2019
    So lately there seems to be many "mother-in-law" books that have overtaken the psychological thriller genre. Some more successful than others. However, Sally Hepworth does something different here. Most definitely it wasn't what I was expecting. This is NOT a psychological thriller but...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    Apr 20, 2019
    4+ stars! A twisty, addictive, suspense-filled family drama! Lucy yearns to connect with her mother-in-law Diana. Having lost her own mother, she craves a maternal connection. However, Diana has always kept Lucy an arm?s length away - always being kind and available, but never qui...
  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    Dec 17, 2018
    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 le...
  • j e w e l s
    Jan 31, 2019
    TWO STARS 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, the...