The Mother-in-Law – Review


Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press & Netgalley for the chance to read and review this novel early.

What a relief, not only to read a great book which kept my attention from beginning to end but also broke my book slump. I started this in need of a change of genre from the usual romance I’d been reading and found The Mother-in-Law to be exactly what I was looking for, reading the majority of this book today in one sitting.

Much to my surprise upon starting this book, I found myself instantly relating to the mother-in-law, Diana. I was sure this would be the type of “Monster-in-Law” story that had me rooting against her and feeling relieved my own mother-in-law was nothing like her. As I read, however, I kept thinking, Diana is probably similar to how I’ll be toward any daughters-in-law I might have someday. Of course, reading from Diana’s perspective helped in understanding her intentions in the role she played. Had we not seen that side of her, it would have been much easier to side with her daughter-in-law in believing she was cold and distant, when actually she had a big heart and put other’s needs above her own. In that respect, I think this book made it clear how careful we should be in interpreting the actions of those we love and care about. Things can easily be misconstrued even when people mean well. Sally Hepworth did an amazing job of conveying not only the mother/daughter-in-law dynamic but an entire family’s relationship in a realistic way. I really enjoyed feeling like a fly-on-the-wall as we witnessed the changes and unraveling of certain aspects of this family’s relationship.

Even though I predicted the “who-dunnit” aspect of this story early on, I still didn’t find the story to be overly predictable. I enjoyed every page and was constantly eager to see what would happen next. I definitely recommend this to fans of domestic thrillers! Pick up your copy this Tuesday – April 24th.

Rating: 4.5 stars

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh this sounds good! I love that it allows the reader to relate to the mother-in-law. When I saw the title, I thought it was going to be a Monster-in-law situation too. Glad that wasn’t the case.

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    1. I was glad to see something different in that regard too. It was a really good read!


  2. Shalini says:

    Seems like a great read. I want this. Got rejected on NG. Hoping to get it from Amazon. Fab review 😍

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Darn, those Netgalley rejections hurt sometimes! I hope you can read it soon!

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  3. I’ve got this in my list and I am so excited for it x


    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


  4. janice says:

    Sounds like a really good book

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I really loved reading it!


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