Book 19 of my Reading Challenge is The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth.
After last week’s review, I was reluctant to pick up another fiction book as I knew Mary Beth Keane’s Ask Again, Yes would be a hard act to follow. This week’s book was a shorter read and although for me it was nowhere near as engrossing as Keane’s, it was still an enjoyable novel.
The book begins with a death. We hear from the point of view of Lucy, a married mother of three young children as the police turn up at her door to inform her of the death of her mother-in-law. The chapters then move between the past and the present, and the point of view of both Lucy and her mother-in-law, Diana.
What I found interesting about this book was that at first, it was easy to side with Lucy and see Diana as a cold and sometimes cruel mother-in-law towards her. However, because we see past events also through Diana’s eyes, we get to witness how sometimes, actions can be misinterpreted. I thought this was a clever idea on the part of the author, and the story developed into something I wasn’t expecting.
I did find Diana’s story the more interesting of the two, and although Lucy was fine as a character, the rest of the family were not particularly likeable or memorable.
The book is part domestic fiction, part mystery who-done-it as the police investigate what really happened to Diana. It would make a good novel to take on holiday with you!
Happy Reading : )
As I am currently working on my Master’s dissertation, I won’t be posting quite as regularly, in particular the more in-depth lifestyle posts I enjoy putting out. I am trying to keep up with my reading challenge though, as it gives me a nice respite from all the academic reading I’m doing as part of my research! So over the summer, I mostly plan to post short book reviews as I busily scribe away at my studies, and look forward to getting back to regular posting in September : )
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