The Mother-in-Law - Sally Hepworth

The Mother-in-Law

By Sally Hepworth

  • Release Date: 2019-04-23
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 971 Ratings


"Deliciously entertaining!" —People Magazine's "People Pick"
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O Magazine’s "15 Best Beach Books of the Year So Far"
Bustle "Best Book of April"
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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.

Praise for Sally Hepworth:

“With jaw-dropping discoveries, and realistic consequences, this novel is not to be missed. Perfect for lovers of Big Little Lies.” —Library Journal, starred review

"Hepworth deftly keeps the reader turning pages and looking for clues, all the while building multilayered characters and carefully doling out bits of their motivations." —Booklist


  • Unusual book about a very complicated family with a twist.

    By Rebec49
    I thought this book would be about a mother-in-law hating her daughter in law but it was so much more. The characters were so well developed you got to know them with all their quirks. This book is about complicated family dynamics and a bit of mystery thrown in. I enjoyed this read from beginning to end.
  • Good Read

    By Ladybuckz
    I really enjoyed this book. Love how the author gives us a chance to know the character’s from different perspectives. I have to say, the ending was not expected.
  • Great read

    By BerryBronte
    I went through a lot of highs and lows with this book. Lots of emotions here.... laughter, tears, shock, and suspense up until the very end. I highly recommend it.
  • The Mother in Law

    By Artymusician
    I really enjoyed reading this book, especially having the perspectives of both Lucy and Diana. Without knowing Diana’s trauma as a teenager, I would have disliked her even more than I did. I think she did well considering the cruel treatment by her own mother. Promising children an inheritance is always a mistake since no one knows what may happen in the future. She was kinder to strangers than to her own children. While her thinking is right that the best things in life are free, offering financial, moral, and emotional support to others just to help with bumps in the road could have made a huge difference. Did she and her husband really need the biggest house and beach house? Or the fanciest car? Instead of promising an inheritance, why not share her life story? Ask Nettie to adopt a child from the Orchard House or similar place if they still exist in 2020!
  • The Mother In Law

    By Aarongsg
    This book was deeply moving. Sally Hepworth’s narrative about all family dynamics, not to mention those between in-laws, was spot on. Looking forward to reading more from her.
  • Wonderful book!

    By Wizirony
    It was a great and very down to earth book! The ending is totally unexpected.
  • Read this book in one sitting COULDN’T put it down!!

    By kaykaybean13
    Such a realistic and emotional portrayal of the dynamics within families. This book keeps you guessing until the end.