The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth. (2019).
**5 out of 5 stars**
Diana has always been polite to Lucy but they have not been as close as Lucy would have liked. Lucy just wanted to please her mother-in-law who was not only the matriarch of the loving family but also an advocate for social justice and a pillar of the community. This relationship struggle started 10 years ago. Now Diana is dead. It seems like suicide but then police say it very possibly is homicide. And everyone in this family is hiding something…
I seriously devoured this book in a day, I was completely sucked into the story and didn’t want to put it down. I really felt for Diana and Lucy; it was just so awkward knowing that each woman was just trying to have a good relationship with one another but they had completely different ideas of what a ‘good’ mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship should be and then a lack of communication about this. It’s hard to fit this book into one genre – it’s like a combination of psychological thriller and what I’d call chick lit. The majority of the book is about the different relationships and respective struggles in the family with the undercurrent of wondering how/why Diana died. A lot of twists and red herrings mixed with the reality of family life made this book truly gripping – it went places I wasn’t expecting at all.
Can’t recommend this book more – fabulous read!