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The Mother-in-Law: A Novel
by Sally Hepworth

Published: 2019-04-23
Audio CD : 0 pages
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A twisty, compelling new audiobook 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 ...

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Introduction

A twisty, compelling new audiobook 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 chapter in this twisty, captivating new audiobook 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

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Excerpt

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LUCY
I am folding laundry at my dining room table when the police car pulls up. There’s no fanfare — no sirens or flashing lights — yet that little niggle starts in the pit of my stomach, mother-nature’s warning that all is not well. It’s getting dark out, early evening, and the neighbours’ porch lights are starting to come on. It’s dinnertime. Police don’t arrive on your doorstep at dinnertime unless something is wrong. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

While “You can’t choose your Mother-in-Law” is certainly true, is there anything Lucy, or Ollie, could’ve done differently, to make the situation easier on themselves?

The audiobook explores the value of being “self-made” versus inheriting your wealth. Should children work for their wealth or are they “owed” a similar lifestyle to the one that they grew up with? How can each perspective effect someone’s character?

How did your opinions of Diana change from the beginning to the end of the audiobook? How can someone’s death change the way you view their life?

There is a pivotal moment in the relationship between Diana and Lucy when Diana misses the birth of her first grandchild and arrives empty handed. Were her actions justified? And why do you think Diana was so secretive about her relationships with the refugees?

Diana and Lucy’s relationship is constantly plagued by miscommunication, ending in frustration for both characters. Were you frustrated as a listener? Do you think the author was frustrated at times when writing these characters?

The narrative flashes back and forth from past to present. What do you think this technique allows the author to accomplish?

Audiobook fans have a special affinity for narrators with Australian accents. How did the narration bring the setting to life? Are you surprised to hear that the narrator, Barrie Kreinik, is actually American?

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by [email protected] (see profile) 01/13/20

We didn’t figure out the killer! We discussed at length the 2 main characters as we are all daughter in laws and a few of us are mother in laws......page turner

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