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    Is she really the enemy?

    I thought I knew what to expect with The Mother-in-Law – a woman who loves her husband in spite of any faults he may have, and another woman who makes her life miserable. Cold, demanding, never satisfied, no one is ever good enough for her son, certainly not her daughter-in-law. A lot of that was true, but very early in the book I was surprised. I expected to thoroughly dislike Diana and to feel nothing but sympathy for Lucy. However, it turned out they both had similar, difficult pasts. I often liked Diana and disliked Lucy, and at times identified with both of them. The story felt like real life. People are not as one-dimensional as the view we have of them, and we can never know everything that has happened to them to shape their behavior and their motivations. This story does an excellent job of exploring misunderstandings and looking at the way we interpret (and misinterpret) the actions of others and are quick to jump to conclusions. The plot moves along quickly and smoothly, pulling you right along with it. Diana does keep Lucy at arm’s length, but she also seems to be a good woman, a pillar of the community and an advocate for social justice. Lucy just wanted to be part of what seems like a close-knit, loving family, something that really never happens. Then Diana is discovered dead, with a suicide note. But a closer look at the family makes you wonder if that is what really happened. Did she ask Lucy to help her die? Did someone kill her? Ollie and Nettie haven’t been the perfect children, but would they kill their own mother? The Mother-in-Law was a very enjoyable read, with tension building to a peak at about the ¾ point and not letting up until the very satisfying ending. The writing is solid, at its best when there is action in a scene rather than when a character is ruminating about his or her past. Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of The Mother-in-Law for my honest review.
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    Mystery

    This book was interesting. I really liked how you got both Diana and Lucy perspective. I also like how you went back and forth between the past and the present. There were surprises that's for sure. This was well written. I believe everyone wishes they could go back and change somethings, in this book you see what should have been done a certain way but wasn't. This whole family dynamic was interesting to follow and see how everyone unraveled. *I received a free copy of this book via the NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.*
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    Difficult Family Dynamics

    "The Mother-in-Law" deals with some difficult family relationships. Diana and Tim are wealthy Australians and the parents of two, Ollie and Nettie, and eventually grandparents to Ollie and Lucy’s three children. Diana had a more difficult life than Tom and is hesitant to provide too much to her children, believing that it is important for them to learn to fend for themselves. Early in Ollie’s relationship to Lucy, Diana and Lucy have a difficult relationship and on-going tensions between the two develop. After Tim dies of complications from ALS, Diana becomes depressed, and the family dynamics become more complicated with the infertility of Nettie and her husband Patrick. When Diana dies under mysterious circumstances, the family is questioned a number of times by police as the mystery surrounding her deal is investigated. Was Diana’s death a suicide, as is initially or suspected, or was it not . . . A very good read.
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    A real page-turner

    When Lucy falls in love with Oliver (Ollie) and things get serious, he takes her to meet the family. Ollie's family is very rich and Lucy immediately feels intimidated when she meets his cool, reserved mother, Diana. Diana treats Lucy well but they never develop the fuzzy relationship that Lucy had longed for. Ten years later, Diana is found dead of suspicious circumstances and that is where this book takes on some captivating twists and turns. There are several story lines going on and the author does an excellent job tying everything together in the end. This is a gripping addictive read and it is a real page-turner. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read an ARC of this very compelling book.
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    Pleasantly surprised!

    This book was not what I was expecting at all! The different points of view really added depth to the story. Not you're typical hate the mother in law book! Interesting family dynamics. If you're going to read one book about mother in law /daughter in law... This is the one!
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