The Mother-in-law

The Mother-in-law

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"From the moment Lucy met her husband's mother, Diana, she was kept at arm's length. Diana was exquisitely polite, and properly friendly, but Lucy knew that she was not what Diana envisioned. But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice who helped female refugees assimilate to their new country. Diana was happily married to Tom, and lived in wedded bliss for decades. Lucy wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law. That was five years ago. Now, Diana has been found dead, a suicide note near her body. Diana claims that she no longer wanted to live because of a battle with cancer. But the autopsy finds no cancer. The autopsy does find traces of poison and suffocation. Who could possibly want Diana dead? Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her adult children and their spouses? And what does it mean that Lucy isn't exactly sad she's gone?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250120922
Branch Call Number: HEP
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 25 cm

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JCLSallyK Jul 12, 2019

One of the most thrilling books I have listened to this year. The narrator Barrie Kreinik does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life and keeping the listener engaged and entertained. Suspenseful and full of family drama this is a great summer read.

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tammygfarmgirl
Jul 10, 2019

Love Sally's books and this one was fantastic!

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curd5223
Jun 28, 2019

I loved this book and the author made me laugh and almost cry - which never happens to me.

She has a way of telling a story that makes you feel you're actually in the room with the characters. Will read more by her.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jun 14, 2019

A good twisty mystery...though the plot relies heavily on some pretty gendered stereotypes about women.

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ronandlynda
Jun 11, 2019

US magazine writes this book will 'keep you guessing to the very end.'

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midori_hon
May 24, 2019

what is it with melbourne authors in the 'domestic thriller' genre? this would have been more enjoyable if the online reviews and book cover had been more terse regarding key plot points. the mother in law was a page turner that made me reflect on motivations that are left unsaid but would've made all the difference if they had been shared.

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737knox
May 11, 2019

Very well written but not at all what I expected. Not sure what verdict is although I did read whole book. Sure there will be many different opinions . Too much given away in intro .

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carolefort
May 08, 2019

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth is a suspenseful family drama. Ollie and Lucy have fallen in love and Lucy is about to meet her future mother-in-law Diana. To say that Diana is aloof and indifferent is an understatement. Each chapter alternates between Diana and Lucy, in the past and in the present, as their relationship changes over the years. Until Diana is found dead in her home, and the authorities have difficulty establishing if her death was a suicide or a murder. A suicide note is found hidden in a drawer and not close to the body. Her lawyer notifies her family that she has disinherited them and left her substantial fortune to a favorite charity. What could have happened to Diana? This novel deals with mother-in-law issues that many of us have encountered and therefore it hits home. The suspense is successfully maintained throughout and the characters are interesting. This is an enjoyable read and I highly recommend it.

debwalker Apr 23, 2019

When your mother in law commits suicide. Or did she?

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