The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

Now what did I stumble upon here? A fantastic thriller, yes! A new app to listen to audiobooks, yes! And a new author to binge read, heck yes! The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth is both an incredible thriller and a comedic relief at times.

Lucy and Ollie are a young couple living in Melbourne, Australia with their three young children. Let’s not forget Ollie’s parents, Tom and Diana, sister Nettie and her husband Patrick. From the outside this family appears to be picture perfect. But everyone knows the difficulties families have with in-laws.

When Lucy married Ollie, she desperately wanted to be accepted into his family, especially by his mother Diana. But from day one, Diana is distant and restrained. While the rest of Ollie’s family embraces Lucy, she simply can’t do anything right in Diana’s eyes. Lines are crossed; tensions rise, and the two simply have a love/hate relationship. That is until Diana is found dead.

With a suicide note found in her desk drawer, and euthanasia drugs in her system, police are hesitant to call this a full-out suicide. The entire family is called in for questioning but soon we discover everyone’s true dark secrets when it comes to their relationship with Diana. Who is responsible for Diana’s death? Could she really have killed herself, or is there someone closer to home wanting her dead for sinister reasons?

This story was seriously not what I expected at all! From the massive plot twists, to the comedic dialogue of both Lucy and Diana, I was both gasping at the turns and laughing at the sarcasm. I am completely blown away by Sally Hepworth’s writing style. How was this my first book by her? Let’s just say, there will be more book reviews of Hepworth!

I really loved how we are drawn into the family’s dynamics. Each person has their love and frustration with Diana, yet they also have something to hide. What really brings out the lies and secrets from this family is the two shifting perspectives of Lucy and Diana as the narrators. We go from past and present where we get glimpses into the real complicated past of this family.

This book is fast-paced and refreshing with both the plot twists and the hilarious dialogue of the characters. If you’re looking for a captivating and thought provoking summer read, look no further than The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth. I highly recommend this book! Stay tuned for more reviews of Hepworth’s books, because they are epic!



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