Book review: The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

Monday, January 28, 2019 Permalink

Sally Hepworth’s books seem to be getting better and better… or more likely, they were always good and perhaps my taste is changing or evolving.

I usually prefer mysteries or thrillers and The Mother-in-Law isn’t quite that. I mean, it is about a death – a potential murder and the lead-up to it… so there’s an element of suspense, but it’s so much more. In many ways it’s a complex study of relationships: those between husband and wife or lovers; between parents and children; between siblings; between colleagues and friends; and (of course) those with our in-laws. 


Book review: The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Permalink

2017’s The Mother’s Promise was my first Sally Hepworth novel. I suspect I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy her books – thinking they were too entrenched in motherhood and meaning (as a non-mother) I wouldn’t relate to them. Or – worse still – they’d remind me of opportunities lost and things I DID NOT HAVE.

I was surprised then, to enjoy the book as much as I did and happily launched into Hepworth’s latest – which includes a smidge of suspense – The Family Next Door.


Book review: The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Permalink

I’ve not read anything by Sally Hepworth before though have heard of her very popular The Secrets of Midwives and last year’s The Things We Keep. I wasn’t sure The Mother’s Promise would be for me given my increasingly cynical nature (which I put down to ageing, rather than becoming bitter, twisted and malcontent in general), but was surprised that it wasn’t overly sentimental or saccharin-y.