The Mother-in-law by Sally Hepworth


A twisty, compelling new novel about one woman’s complicated relationship with her mother-in-law that ends in death… 

From the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, she knew she wasn’t the wife Diana had envisioned for her perfect son. Exquisitely polite, friendly, and always generous, Diana nonetheless kept Lucy at arm’s length despite her desperate attempts to win her over. And as a pillar in the community, an advocate for female refugees, and a woman happily married for decades, no one had a bad word to say about Diana…except Lucy.

That was five years ago. 

Now, Diana is dead, a suicide note found near her body claiming that she longer wanted to live because of the cancer wreaking havoc inside her body. 

But the autopsy finds no cancer. 

It does find traces of poison, and evidence of suffocation. 

Who could possibly want Diana dead? Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her children, and their spouses? And what does it mean that Lucy isn’t exactly sad she’s gone?

Fractured relationships and deep family secrets grow more compelling with every page in this twisty, captivating new novel from Sally Hepworth. 


The first time Lucy met her mother-in-law, Diana, things did not go exactly as planned. Lucy was kind of shocked with how bad it really went. Diana didn’t hide the fact that Lucy is not the person for her son, Ollie. As time goes along, their relationship gets more complicated. Then, Diana dies under mysterious circumstances.

Lucy is a character I enjoy. She tries hard not to ruffle feathers and to keep the peace, even though it is difficult to do in many situations. Diana is not actually a nice person and this leads to many misunderstandings and miscommunications. This can really wreak havoc on a marriage plus, this puts Ollie in some bad spots.

The story took me a while to get into. It has a very slow start. It does get better as you go along. But, it is a struggle in the beginning. This is a twisted tale about family and all the hurts AND joys that come with it. But the best part is the unexpected twist at the end. Who, if anyone, killed Diana? Why did she change her will? Hmmmm….must read it to find out!

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2 Responses to The Mother-in-law by Sally Hepworth

  1. Nice review….the changing of the will was an interesting point in the book.

    It was slow, but I liked it.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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