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The Mother-in-Law

An suspenseful and intriguing story about asking parents for financial help.



Diana Goodwin is found dead in her home shortly after her husband’s death, and suicide seems the logical conclusion. There was a suicide note, and she had just recently told her family she had breast cancer. But the police are investigating, and it’s seems everyone in the family might have a motive.

When Lucy first met Diana, 10 years ago, she was overwhelmed by the grandeur of their palatial home. Since her own mother had passed away when she was thirteen, Lucy had hoped to find a warm, loving future mother-in-law, but that is not what she found. Lucy’s fiancé, Ollie, adores his mother, but his sister, Nettie, and her husband, Patrick, warn Lucy that Diana “could alway be worse”.

Diana is aloof with her children and spends most of her time and her wealth on a charity she established to help refugees. Whenever her own children ask for financial assistance they are repeatedly refused. She wants her children to go it “on their own”, just like she had to do, when she was young. When Diana’s husband Tom was alive, he would occasional side Ollie or Nettie a check, but now then he is gone, both are desperate for help.


The Mother-in-Law is a intriguing family drama. Diana was quite the character that you’ll love to hate. How dare she not help her kids. I found myself holding my breath just waiting for the next horrible or rude thing she would do. But as the past and the present unfold, we find there is so much more to the story.

I loved reading both Lucy and Diana perspectives. It all blends effortlessly to form a surprising and grabbing story. I couldn’t stop inhaling the pages to find out what happen to Diana. It’s a story that makes you think about the perceptions of your interactions and relationships with others. Why do people turn out they way they do?

Sally Hepworth’s writing was mesmerizing. Her story could be plucked from the headlines of today. She is from Melbourne, Australia and is the bestselling author of The Secrets of Midwives (2015), The Things We Keep (2016) and The Mother's Promise (2017), and The Family Next Door (Feb 2018).

Thanks to Netgalley, Sally Hepworth and St. Martin’s Press for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher St. Martin’s Press

Published April 23, 2019

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