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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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
You may think you’ve already heard the craziest mother-in-law stories, but this novel might just take the cake. It’s the story of Lucy Goodwin and her seemingly cool, poised, and charitable MIL, Diana. When Diana’s apparent suicide starts to look more and more like murder, we’re gradually exposed to the shocking and traumatic events that have shaped Lucy and Diana’s beyond-fraught relationship. Sally Hepworth has a gift for nail-biting domestic thrillers: The way she gets into her characters’ heads (not to mention her readers’) is mind-blowing.
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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.
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
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!