The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth | ARC Review


Pages: 340
Publication: St. Martin’s Press
Release date: April 23, 2019
How I got the copy: Raincoast Books
Rating: 4/5

I’m surprised this is the first time hearing about Sally Hepworth since I really enjoy reading mystery/suspense books. I had never heard of her before coming across this title while looking for new releases this Spring a few weeks back. Hepworth is an Australian authors with several books published and I’m definitely interested in pick up more of Hepworth’s work.

The Mother-in-Law follows Lucy and her mother-in-law, Diana, bouncing back from Lucy’s present POV and Diana’s past POV. From both POV’s we get to know the rest of the family, which I always find so fascinating. Diana is seen as a cold and keeps people at arms length from Lucy’s perspective and from what’s said about her in her family but while reading from Diana’s perspective she’s not as cold as she seems to be portrayed. She’s misunderstood. Secrets are revealed and we bounce back and forth trying to uncover the reason for Diana’s suspicious suicide. With money, family drama, and secrets we’re kept guessing the entire time to figure out who might have killed Diana since the police start interviewing the entire family.

I was hooked to the story from the very first page. I’ve been wanting to pick up a mystery for a little while now and this one did not disappoint. There’s so much family drama between this wealthy family, arguments about money, secrets everyone is hiding, and it keeps us guessing up until the very end, which I did not see coming!

It’s not the first time I’ve said this but I really enjoying reading books with strong family themes. I love reading about family and the relationship dynamics and all the different decisions that can be made in a situation. I love reading about about different bonds people can create and reading about levels of acceptance. It’s fascinating to me.

The only downside I have is that once I finished the book I didn’t think about it anymore. I don’t want to say the story is unmemorable because it’s memorable for its meaningful message but the story didn’t sink it’s teeth into me. The story was great but the characters didn’t leave much of an impression.

Regardless, I really enjoyed The Mother-in-Law for it’s meaningful message and suspenseful mystery. I devouring this book and I’m happy to have a new mystery author on my radar.

*A copy of this book was provided by Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review*