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The number one eBook bestseller.

From the bestselling author of The Family Next Door comes a new domestic page-turner about that trickiest of relationships and what happens when it all goes wrong

'Fiction at its finest' Liane Moriarty, Number One bestselling author

'Perfect for fans of BIG LITTLE LIES' - Library Journal

She has never approved of you. But it's when her body is found the secrets really start to come out ...

From the moment Lucy met her husband's mother, Diana, she was kept at arm's length. Diana was exquisitely polite, and perfectly friendly, but Lucy knew that she was not what Diana envisioned. Even so, Lucy wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law.

That was five years ago.

Now, Diana has been found dead, a suicide note near her body. Diana claims that she no longer wanted to live because of a battle with cancer.

But the autopsy finds no cancer.
The autopsy does find traces of poison and suffocation.

Everyone in the family is hiding something. But what? And where will the secrets stop?

With Lucy's secrets getting deeper and her relationship with her mother-in-law growing more complex as the pages turn, this new novel from Sally Hepworth is sure to add to her growing legion of fans.

'The best book that I have read in a long time... Would make an amazing tv series. Does not disappoint!' Reader Reviewer

'Prepare for Gone Girl-level twists' Refinery29

'Wow! What a conclusion!' Reader Reviewer

'Brilliant characterisation, great story, a genuine five star read' Reader Reviewer

'I read this book in just two days because I just couldn't put it down' Reader Reviewer

'The Mother-in-Law is indeed twisty and suspenseful, but even more than that, it's clever and nuanced' Kelly Rimmer, bestselling author of Me Without You

Crime & Thrillers
April 23
Hodder & Stoughton

Customer Reviews

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The Mother In Law

Great read , highlights the issues families have. The unsaid words that if only spoken would have made things so much better. It shows that if there was a bit more give and take initially then things between mother in law and daughter in law would have been so much better earlier on. Instead things fester and by the time the corner has been turned it’s too little to late. This book makes you take a step back and look at your own family relationships. Definitely worth reading you won’t be disappointed.

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Team Dido

I loved how the flip of narration slowly brought the story together into the end plot twist. Very good book. Also, Diana deserved better.

Mischa's ma ,

The Mother in law

I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book, feeling some chapters left you dangling and missing the point. However, the more I read, I realised it was “ I” that was missing the point. Expertly written, good characterisation, a lesson for us all... learn to say what you feel, with compassion and care, and don’t be afraid to show your love before it’s too late.

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