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    Excellent page-turner worthy of your time

    This was a great read, kept me intrigued right to the end. Had me still thinking about it long after I'd finished. All the "if only" and "what ifs". I think Sally Hepworth is a very good author and I will certainly be looking into her other novels.
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    Brilliant Read!

    This is the story of a family told from the perspective of Lucy and her mother in-law Diana, switching from the present to the past. Right from the beginning, when Lucy met Diana their relationship was strained. Even after Lucy marries Diana’s son Ollie their relationship does not improve. Lucy tries everything to appease Diana but nothing seems to work. What is more bewildering for Lucy is that her relationship with her father and sister-in law is strong so why can’t she connect with Diana? Diana is a well respected member with strong ties to her community and an advocate to her charity who lives a very comfortable rich life so why can’t she open up and accept Lucy and why is she so controlling and unwilling to assist her son and daughter financially when needed. Over the years Diana continues to keep Lucy at arms length. Even the birth of her and Ollies three children dose not soften her. Then Diana is diagnosed with breast cancer. Not long after, Diana is found dead believed to have committed suicide. But upon investigation it is revealed that Diana did not have breast cancer at all and she in fact was murdered by suffocation. But who would want Diana dead and why did she lie about her cancer diagnosis? We are then taken on a journey of Diana’s life and what events shaped her to the woman she became and how her actions formed the divide between her family. Is one of the members of her family responsible for her murder? WOW what a read! This is the first book I have read from Sally Hepworth and it definitely won’t be my last. It is a suspenseful thriller that had me hooked right from the start. I don’t very often read books from authors from my home country of Melbourne Australia so it was great reading about places like Toorak, Sorrento, the Morning Peninsula and yes even Dandenong! It was very well written with believable characters that I could completely resonate with and it kept me wanting more. A well crafted mystery which I highly recommend. I rate this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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    very apt

    Got a bit confusing flitting from time zone to time zone. Had a surprising ending though which kept me interested
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    Loved it, wanted more!

    Review for The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth. I really really loved reading this book. Once I started reading I was hooked and just did not want to put it down. I love the writing style by the author and I just kept wanting more. I think I connected with this book as it has suburbs in here that I grew up in and still go to today. So this book is about The Mother-in-Law. Something we can all connect with at various levels! It was really interesting to see the story play out between Diana (aka MIL), Tom, and their children Ollie and Nettie and their respective partners, Lucy and Patrick. There were times that I was frustrated with Diana as I just wished she had have shared her stories more so Lucy and others would understand why she was making these decisions. As you go between Lucy and Diana you can see what each of them are trying to do, but neither of them are wanting to speak up to their true feelings about each other. It was really nice to see at the end of the book the closeness between Diana and Lucy and I would have liked to have seen more of this, but it was not meant to be. I just wanted Diana to talk to Lucy as she did with Ghezala, freely. I did not see the whodunnit until it came out in the book and was thinking it was someone else entirely. Sorry to be cryptic but I just don't want to give anything away, no spoilers here! I am definitely adding Sally Hepworth to my list of go to authors and will set out to purchase other titles in her collection. Highly recommend this book. Thanks so much to NetGalley, MacMillan and Sally Hepworth for the opportunity to read The Mother-in-Law, a wonderful book that I can review as well as a new author to follow.
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    Excellent

    Very entertaining. Drew me in from the get go, with twists and turns. A great read.
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