The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth
I've been on a horrible reading slump. Nothing has been intriguing to me. I can't seem to get more than a few pages in before I'm ready to give up. Enter Sally Hepworth's The Mother-in-Law. This book blew me away.
Lucy is sure of one thing. She adores her new beau. Her mother died when she was young, so she's hoping she'll find a connection with Ollie's mom. Unfortunately, his mom is very curt and abrasive. It's clear that Lucy and Diana are not going to get along.
Years pass. Lucy spies police in her driveway and learns that Diana is dead from an apparent suicide. She's stunned, yet there's also a sense of peace that comes with it. She and Diana have never seen eye to eye. Lucy is also on her own as the whole world seemed to dote on Diana's every move.
Despite a suicide note hidden in a drawer, the autopsy reveals Diana was suffocated. When she told her family she had breast cancer, it was all a lie. Someone killed her, and Lucy is the only person to have never gotten along with her.
This is a very emotional read. It's told in the past and present with both Lucy and Diana sharing their stories. It took no time to find a bond with both characters. I've been in Lucy's shoes, but as a new mother-in-law myself, I could also get where Diana was coming from. I became eager to have the truth revealed. It was a tearjerker that kept me on the edge of my seat.