The Mother In Law ARC Book Review

Title:- The Mother-In-Law

Author:- Karen King

No. of pages:-271 pages

Date published:- will be published on July 29th 2022

Publisher:- Bookouture

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 5/5

Overall:- 4.5/5

He loves you now. He loved her first.

I’ve fallen in love with a man called Sam. And he’s perfect, just perfect.

It’s a whirlwind romance. And when our dream home falls through just before our wedding, we decide to move in with his parents. He says his mother, Evelyn, is the sweetest person. But I’m not so sure.

She’s obsessively protective over Sam. She wants to know where he is all the time. She wakes us up in the morning, bustling into our room like he’s a small child, not a grown man. She doesn’t want me to be alone with him. And with every day that passes – as I keep having accidents I can’t believe are coincidental – I start to fear more that she doesn’t want me to marry her son.

That she wants to be the only person he will ever love.

Then I overhear an argument between her and Sam’s dad. Evelyn has a secret. And it changes everything I thought I knew about the family I’m marrying into.

From that moment, I know that if I want to make it to my wedding day alive, I will need to be very, very careful…

This was actually an gripping psychological thriller that will keep you hooked from the beginning till the end.

Dana is getting married to Sam after a whirlwind of romance. So when Sam introduces Dana to his posh parents, Evelyn and Harold, Dana however seemed to have gotten a cold feet with Sam’s mother Evelyn as apparently she preferred Tamara to be Sam’s wife rather than Dana. Then odd things start happening to Dana after Sam and Dana moved into their parents’ house which involved Dana getting into accidents. Is her future mother-in-law really out to stop the wedding?

We all know that most women do not really get along with their mother-in-law–I am not married but then I do know what it really feels like when your boyfriend’s mother doesn’t really approve of his son’s choice in women. That was the case of Dana as well as Dana tried hard to please Evelyn but accidents happen that made Dana look clumsy and unreliable. The writing was really good and the author managed to grip the reader into the story. The story was fast paced as well with some twists and turns, making the reader feel suspicious of Evelyn. However, the ending to me was predicatable and bit lame, which lowered my rating to four stars. Otherwise, the thriller was really good and worth four stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Karen King is a multi-published bestselling author of fiction for both adults and children. She has also written several short stories for women’s magazines.

Currently published by Bookouture and Headline. Karen writes about the light and dark of relationships. She is presently writing two more psychological thrillers for Bookouture, and a romance for Headline.

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