Intriguing novel about the relationship between daughter-in-law and mother-in-law

The Mother-in-Law: A Novel

By: Sally Hepworth

Rating: 4 of 5

When I first started this book, I thought it was going to be a suspenseful mystery. While there are elements of both, the novel is really more of a fictional literature style book. It explores the relationship between daughter-in-law and mother-in-law.

The story is told from both points of view and is set both in the past and in the present with a small peak into the future at the end.

Lucy lost her mother when she was young and is thrilled at the prospect of having a mother-in-law to love and admire. Diana is definitely an admirable woman; however, she is not a person who it is easy to relate to – that is, unless you happen to be a recipient of her charity for unwed mothers.

The story unfolds and tells the tale of how their relationship developed and then the abrupt ending when Diana is found dead. Then the whodunnit begins.

While I found the whodunnit portion of the book to be easily solved, the building of the relationship had many surprises for me. As they unfolded, they made sense.

By the end of the book, Sally Hepworth had woven together a tale which was a compelling one to read. I’ll look forward to more books by this author in the future.

I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.

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