The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

The Mother in Law

Someone once told me that you have two families in your life – the one you are born into and the one you choose. Yes, you may get to choose your partner, but you don’t choose your mother-in-law. The cackling mercenaries of fate determine it all.

From the moment Lucy met Diana, she was kept at arm’s length. Diana is exquisitely polite, but Lucy knows, even after marrying Oliver, that they’ll never have the closeness she’d been hoping for.

But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice, the matriarch of a loving family. Lucy had wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law.

That was ten years ago. Now, Diana has been found dead, leaving a suicide note. But the autopsy reveals evidence of suffocation. And everyone in the family is hiding something…

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Available tomorrow – April 23, 2019!

I am so in love with Sally Hepworth’s novels! I am also really excited that she is getting more and more into the mystery genre!

The Mother-in-Law goes into the complex relationship between mothers in law and daughter in laws. The daughter in law may go over the top to try to impress their mother in law, and the mother in law isn’t overly welcoming to their daughter in law.

This is the case with Lucy and Diana. Lucy works extra hard because she lost her mother at a young age. Diana has a different way of expressing her love and it’s comes with a lot of mixed feelings. I loved how the novel flips back and forth between Lucy and Diana and shows each of their perspectives of their relationship over the past 10 years.

And then there was the mystery. Current day, Diana is found dead. It first looks like suicide, but later on, it’s discovered that she was murdered. I loved the mystery and was totally surprised by the ending. It was shocking!

5 calculators out of a potential 5. One of my favourite reads so far this year! Great characters that show a different relationship and an unexpected ending! Also I’m happy to say that I am 1 for 1 at predicting my 5 calendar reads (Top 5 Books I Predict will be 5 Stars)!

Thank you to Netgallery and St. Martin’s Press for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Killing Kate by Alex Lake

Killing Kate

Kate returns from a post break-up holiday with her girlfriends to news of a serial killer in her home town – and his victims all look like her.

It could, of course, be a simple coincidence. Or maybe not.

She becomes convinced she is being watched, followed even. Is she next? And could her mild-mannered ex-boyfriend really be a deranged murderer?

Or is the truth something far more sinister?

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I think the concept of Killing Kate is really interesting. What would you do if there was a serial killer out killing woman that looked exactly like you? Would you change your appearance or move out of town? Or think that it was just a coincidence? Since this is a fictional mystery novel, it is not just a coincidence.

The novel alternates between Kate and her ex boyfriend, Phil. They were together for 10 years, before Kate tells Phil that maybe they aren’t meant to be together. I didn’t love either character. Kate was too self absorbed and Phil was just mopey.

I did figure out the mystery pretty early on, but it was still an entertaining read and it was interesting how the past and present connected together. The writing is a bit simplistic and the author tends to beat you over the head with different concepts making absolute sure that you understand.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. This would make for a good beach read, where you are looking for a bit of mystery but nothing too complex.

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I can’t wait for … The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth (Can’t-Wait Wednesday)

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we are excited about that we have yet to read. The book I can’t wait to read is this week is:

The Mother in Law

From the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, Diana, she was kept at arm’s length. Diana was exquisitely polite, and properly friendly, but Lucy knew that she was not what Diana envisioned. But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice who helped female refugees assimilate to their new country. Diana was happily married to Tom, and lived in wedded bliss for decades. 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. 
Who could possibly want Diana dead? 
Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her adult children and their spouses?

What novel are you excited to read? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The couple next door

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all–a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family–a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

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I think this is a perfect airplane or beach novel that doesn’t need to be taken too seriously. Around the 100 page mark, the novel falls away from being relatable and you start thinking – this would never happen in real life.

The novel starts relatable – a couple can’t find a baby sitter for their dinner party, so they decide to leave the baby at home, next door, and check on her every 30 mins. Maybe not the world’s best parents, but ok, you can kind of see it. Until, of course, the baby goes missing.

This novel has a ton of layers, where (of course) each character is not how they seem. The husband and wife are keeping secrets from each other, the wife’s parents have secrets and of course the other couple from the dinner party have secrets.

Some other reviewers complained about the final twist of the novel, but I wasn’t too upset with it. By this point, the novel had gone way past realistic, so any plot twists that I didn’t see coming were just a bonus.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. An entertaining read that probably goes a bit too far from reality.

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