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…
From the bestselling author of The Family Next Door comes a new page-turner about that trickiest of relationships.
It’s like I’m having Diane Chamberlain de ja vu’ again! This was my first read from Sally and it was fantastic. Obviously by this stage of her writing career, it was an absolute pleasure to read in regards to flow, ease of character to character interaction and speech. The premise of the story was pretty brilliant because in-law issues is pretty common amongst married couples. Thankfully, I don’t have that problem, but halfway through the book I realised that Diana sounded like me! LOL.
In the beginning, I found myself disliking Diana. Her mannerisms and personality would certainly brush one the wrong way. However, the more I got to know her, the more I started understanding her and the way she behaved. I think the author did a marvelous job in making Diana a very much likable character at the end, it’s actually a shame that she died because I would have liked to have gotten to know her more. Nettie and Patrick on the otherhand, something about them brushed me the wrong way from mid-way, especially when Nettie hit up Lucy in regards to having a child (won’t say too much so I don’t spoil it for you). I can understand that she would have been upset, but that who scenario left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
And who killed Diana? All I’ll say is, wow. I got so caught up in this one, I didn’t see this plot coming!
I definitely recommend this one if you haven’t read it yet. And I’d also ask which of Sally’s books you recommend I read next if you’re familiar with her work. Definitely looking like she is fastly going to become a favourite of mine.
I rated The Mother-In-Law: 4/5 stars