The Mother-in-Law

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I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.  I absolutely loved this book, especially as it started to show the story from other characters' perspectives.  This was such a great story full of love and good intentions.  Classic example of there are two sides to every story.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and strongly recommend it.
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Thank you to St. Martins’s Press, NetGalley and Sally Hepworth for the free advanced digital copy! 
I loved this book by Sally Hepworth..  I have read her other books and this one is just as good - I highly recommend it.  This book was quite the page turner and also included a surprise or two I wasn't expecting!
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This book was wonderful. The story showed how two people can view something so differently and intentions do not always come through to others. I truly enjoyed the story. I started out disliking Diana’s character, and, by the end, I really enjoyed her and understood her so much better. This book shows the true complexities of family in a real-life manner. I cannot recommend this enough.
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Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the advanced copy of this e-book in exchange for my honest review.

What a great page turner!  This book kept me on my toes guessing about what happened to Diana.  Why was she so bitter?  What were her reasons?  Who was she in her early years?  Why would she take her own life...or did she?  I questioned every character, every conversation, and may have even grown to like Diana a little in the end.  Everyone always wants what is best for their children, and we want them to learn to work for what they have.  Through this story you learn about true loves and hardships and that what matters most may never even cost a single cent.
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Excellent and emotional read. This book isn't exactly a page turner, but isn't difficult to get into at all. It also relates with many women with "stereotypical" mother in laws.
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Firstly, I must say, I don't know whether it's because it's an advance copy, but there were a worrying number of spelling/grammatical errors and even missing words in this book, something which really irritates me..  Because I was unsure of the status (i.e. whether this was the final cut), I haven't marked the book down for this.

Anybody who has ever had a Mother-in-Law, or been one, will totally be able to relate to this book.  Is anybody ever good enough for our child? Can we ever truly love the family that we choose (through our husband/wife)?

Lucy has a love/hate relationship with her Mother-in-Law, Diana.  When Diana is discovered dead, initially it is thought that she has taken her own life, but when investigations reveal that this was not the case everybody is a suspect, including Lucy.

This is a compelling, fabulous read.  I really enjoyed the way that Diana and Lucy's stories were revealed as the book progressed, and I was willing the two of them to find the things they could love about each other.  The twists and turns in the storyline were interesting enough to keep me guessing and I literally couldn't put the book down, I had to know what was going to happen next.

I loved the author's writing style, and the format of the book, skipping forward and backward, from then to now, and the different perspectives of both Diana and Lucy.  It was a truly uplifting and enjoyable story, highly recommended.
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I really enjoyed this fast-paced, thought-provoking novel. The characters were great, the relationships complicated but realistic, and I found myself very satisfied with the way everything turned out in the end. After reading The Mother-In-Law, I find myself eager to check out more of Sally Hepworth's books.
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An amazing book by Sally Hepworth!  This was definitely one I didn’t want to put down. Lucy and her mother-in-law, Diana, have a relationship that shifts and changes throughout the book. Sometimes you want to hate Diana, and other times you love her. There are constant twists and turns that make you want to read more. Definitely recommend this book!
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I really enjoyed this novel!  The setting is in Australia and the characters are so well developed.  It's a story that I personally haven't read before, very unique and full of family dynamics.  The ending is unexpected.  I'm looking forward to more books from this author!
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Thank you Netgalley and Macmillan Publishing for an arc of The Mother In Law by Sally Hepworth.  When Lucy marries Ollie, she thinks she is gaining a whole new family. Lucy's mother had passed away recently, so she is looking forward to her new relationship with her mother in-law. Surprising, Diana, Ollie's Mom,  is very distant. She wants her kids to make it on their own with no help. Diana is found dead. Is this a murder or suicide? What was Lucy & Diana's relationship really like? Was this murder or suicide? This book will keep you twisting!!
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I absolutely loved everything about this book! I could not put it down!! The story gave you just enough to make some guesses, but never enough for you to be confident in your prediction. This is my first of Sally Hepworth's books, but it certainly will not be my last!!

Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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I personally have never read any of Hepworth’s other work, but I know she is quite popular in the book blogging community, so when I saw that I could get a early copy to read of this on Netgalley for free (thanks Netgalley!), I was eager to give her work a try, especially since it was a thriller. Overall, this was a fast-paced read that followed the rocky relationship of a woman with her mother-in-law. Overall I enjoyed the book, there were twists and turns, and nothing so disturbing or gory (like some thrillers can be), but I honestly can’t say that it’s a book that will stick with me. I feel like mother-in-law thrillers are what’s trendy right now (anyone else notice this)? So I think it will probably blend in. However, it defintely makes me want to read more of her books! If you are interested in reading this it will be coming out in April, however you can pre-order it here now!
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5/5! Absolutely loved The Mother-In-Law and read it in a day! At first, I was certain that I had figured everything out, but by the end, I was truly surprised.  I was impressed with the author's ability to make me second guess what  I believed several times throughout.  Additionally, Hepworth is a master at the evoking the ability to concurrently like and dislike her characters at the same time.  If you are a fan of domestic suspense, I highly recommend this book!
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This book is so enthralling that the mystery almost takes the backseat! I was so interested in learning about Diana's past and Nettie's struggles that I would speed read through the present chapters. I'm usually pretty good about spotting an ending way before it happens but this one kept me in the dark. And not in a way that made it feel like she was trying to create an extra twist just for the sake of it. I could not put this book down, reading at every chance I got I was able to finish in two days. I definitely recommend this to anyone who likes a good thriller and family story.
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This one was not my cup of tea. I found it very slow and hard to get into it just didn’t excite me the way most thrillers do. I don’t know if it was the characters or what excatly I have enjoyed this author before just didn’t care much for this one.
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The best book! It drew me in quickly and I never got bored. I couldn't wait to find five minutes in my day to read The Mother-in-Law. It was written well, and just when I thought I had it figured out, I realized I didn't.
It also made me think about someone else's perspective of things. We judge and think we know what the other person is thinking, but the chapters from Diane showed that she wasn't as cold as people made her out to be. She cared and really was thoughtful in her own way. Hepworth made her likeable to me.
I really enjoyed this book - my favorite of 2019 so far!
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I really liked this book and read it in one evening.  The book goes back and forth between the perspective of Lucy and her MIL Diana, as well as between past and present.  The format of the book and the story were easily accessible and I found myself not wanting to put it down.  Better yet, the ending was not what I expected. 4/5 stars.
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I appreciate the effort and the idea, but this was a miss for me. I felt the plot wasn’t very unique and it was predictable. The author gave away too much early in the book, which is unusual for Hepworth. I think the story has some potential but misses the mark in terms of character development. The structure was good, and the writing was good (as I expected it would be). I am still glad I read this, but it seems to be several revisions away from a finished product right now.
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When I started this book I was immediately hooked. I loved hearing the story from both Lucy and Diana’s point of view. 
Diane is Lucy’s mother in law. To Lucy she is a nightmare and she can never seem to please her. When Diane is found dead an investigation starts with Lucy being a prime suspect. 
This book had me guessing and each time I thought I figured it out it seemed to take a new path. 
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun read.
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Wow! What a book! This was a first read for me from Sally Hepworth! I am now a huge fan and look forward to reading more of her bokks! This one was amazingly well crafted I could not put it down! This will keep you guessing until the end which I found so refreshing! Thank you Netgalley and St.Martin's Press for a ARC copy in exchange for my honest review! I highly recommend this book!
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