The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

The Mother-in-Law

A twisty, compelling novel about one woman's complicated relationship with her mother-in-law that ends in murder...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 ...

Details The Mother-in-Law

TitleThe Mother-in-Law
Release DateJan 1st, 1970
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Audiobook, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Mother-in-Law

  • Emily May
    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 because its not that BAD. But then its not much of anything really. I found it a very tame lukewarm domestic mystery/thriller that lacks either the urgency or depth of chara...
  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...I am a huge fan of this author. The Mothers 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 attentionA twisty, compelling novel about one womans complicated relationship with her mother-in-law that ends in murderI couldnt wait to start reading!The story begins with a police car pulling up to...
  • Kaceey
    All I can say is, Magnificent!! This book is headed straight to my favorites shelf!!Oh that poor mother-in-law! Boy, shes been getting a bad rap lately. This is the third book Ive read recently regarding a so called evil mother in law. This time...its just a bit different.There are two sides to every story. Maybe its time we all heard the mother in laws side of the story....Told from 2 points of view of Lucy the daughter-in-law and Diana. Yup, yo...
  • Susanne Strong
    5 Simply Irresistible Stars. Sally Hepworth is the Master of Domestic Suspense! This is a heart pounding mystery that I was racing to finish! Its complexities and craziness had me wild-eyed right up until its shocking end. A favorite read for this the year!Mother-in-Laws, as well all know, are not to be trifled with. Sometimes theyre scarier than others and sometimes you hit the jackpot. Perhaps its because of the competition factor, mothers no...
  • Meredith
    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 learning of the death of Diana, mother to Ollie and mother-in-law to Lucy. The narrative is divided into both Lucy and Diana's perspectives over the course of ten years. Diana h...
  • Debra
    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 reserved and distant. The rest of Ollie's family embraces Lucy but Lucy feels that she just can't do anything right in Diana's eyes. Lucy is a lively woman who chooses to st...
  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    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 positive. Thus, when the story opens and we find Diana dead we are easily enveloped by the questions - was her death a case of suicide or murder? The story is told from multip...
  • Katie B
    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 and daughter in law relationship but also the dynamics between child/parent, husband/wife, and siblings. It was one of those reading experiences in which you serious...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    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 the wrong audience for it. I am not a big fan of contemporary fiction or a slow burning mystery. I did like it close to the ending but I didn't love it. I did love the pr...
  • JanB
    1.5 starsLet 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 issue(s) book then Im going to comment on what I disliked about her stance on those issues. It is not the characters so much as the fact the author seems to be pushing an...
  • Crumb
    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 is never going to happen. At least not as long as Diana walks the earth . . .For originality, this one deserves five stars. In addition, this was Hepworth's first attem...
  • Dorie - Cats&Books :)
    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 womens fiction. Knowing that the main character is dead at the beginning definitely takes away some of the suspense in the novel.Heres what we know:Lucy is the new daughter in law who has married Ollie, son of Diane and Tom Goodwin. Lucy had no idea that the famil...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    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 sons wife/the daughter-in-law, and Diana, the mother-in-law who was found deceased. Through that narration, we quickly learn that Lucy and Diana have a flawed and challenging relat...
  • Dita
    It was fine. It's the kind of book you engage in while you're reading it and then you set it down to go make toast and don't think about it while you're doing that and maybe don't care if you ever pick it up again.I think I was expecting more after all the hype.
  • Elyse Walters
    When Jordan at St. Martins 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 didnt want to create problems - add more to my already - sometimes challenging relationship with my mother in-law. However - this book is so far off from anything in my life - I didnt relate to any of it. NOTES OF INTEREST.....about in-laws ......Its a...
  • Liz
    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 shes a teenager, Lucy envisions becoming bosom buddies with her mother-in-law. Thats before she meets Diana, who has a frosty nature and is not the buddy sort. I know many will see Diana as the cold, uncaring MIL, but I actually sympathi...
  • Linda
    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 absolutely dynamic story that weaves its way into a family unit that has locked down their deceptions with bolt and key. She is a wizard at revealing just enough backstory on her va...
    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 the pages a week prior to its publication. The irony of this is that I really LOVED this book! Maybe it was PTSD from my experience with my own mother-in-law that ...
  • Michelle
    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 there is a mystery to solve. Lucie and Ollie meet and fall in love. Ollie decides it's time for Lucie to meet his parents and Lucie wants nothing more than to impr...
  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    Gripping and haunting theres 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 Hepworths The Mother-In-Law, there are still so many nuances Im left turning over in my mind and unpacking. This is a thought-provoking novel of domestic suspense. I hate to compare it to other authors, though there are a few I see, because Hepwo...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    Three a little disappointed, when I was expecting thriller I found regular fiction stars. I think I designated my place in the minority team because so far too many readers enjoyed this book a lot. Its really good written and never gets you bored but as soon as I read the blurb, I visualized an evil mother-in-law and a big mystery about her death but when I start to read it, I realized there is no twist, mystery and any gripping, riveting story t...
  • Joey R.
    3.5 Stars After reading several glowing reviews, I decided to give Sally Hepworths The Mother-in-Law a try. This has been a year that I have focused on reading authors Ive never read before, and this book looked interesting. After finishing the book I can definitely say that Ms. Hepworth is a very talented writer. She does a good job in character development and paints very realistic relationships between her characters. The book details the comp...
  • Berit☀️✨
    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 that dig deeply into the psychology of the characters, and oh boy did this book do that! Perhaps there is no relationship more tenuous than that of mother-in-law and daug...
  • Holly B
    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.The first chapter was intense and sets the stage for a compelling read. We get the POV of Diana and Lucy (the daughter in law).  Their relationship is complicated and Lucy ha...
  • Anne Bogel
    5 stars for the audiobook version: I INHALED it. I went into this book knowing nothing and that really worked for me. In the ten years shes known her, Lucy has never felt her mother-in-law Diana approved of heran especial disappointment because shed hoped Diana would finally become the mother shed never had. Yet shes distraught when the police show up to announce that Diana has died by apparent suicideand even more so when they reveal that the ev...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    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 arms length away - always being kind and available, but never quite embracing her with warmth and welcome into the family. The police knock on Lucys door one evening to inform her and her husband, Ollie, that Diana was found dead in her...
  • Virginie
    Heart-wrenching mysteryI'm glad I read some reviews before starting this one. I knew it wouldn't be a thriller, but a family drama with some twists. Knowing that, I appreciated every bit of it! I'm a really sensitive person and reading about all these complicated relationships broke my heart... but, yeah, it was so good. Makes you think about a lot of things in your life!Read it asap if you like slow-paced and character driven mysteries.5*: Sad t...
  • Christina - Traveling Sister
    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 Ollie she doesnt just see a future with him, she sees one with the family shes never had. She has a loving and doting father, but having lost her mother when she was young she has lo...
  • Sarah Joint
    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. Lucy lost her own mother some time ago, and she was determined to have an amazing relationship with her mother-in-law. After all, she loves her son and will provide ...
  • James
    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 and began reading it right away. What an emotional and angst-ridden tale about the relationship between several family members who can feel all too real and all too...