The Daughter-In-Law – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Daughter-In-Law

Author:- Shalini Boland

Date published:- will be published on 4th November 2022

Publisher:- Bookouture

No. of pages:- 313 pages

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 5/5

Overall rating:- 5/5

Your new husband has a shocking secret. Would your mother-in-law kill to protect it?

From the moment I meet my new mother-in-law in her beautiful country house, she makes it clear I’m not welcome. Lilian Fletcher hates me for marrying her precious boy on a golden beach far away from her.

Starting our marriage living in the Fletchers’ family home is a nightmare. Lilian’s steely blue gaze follows me everywhere. Then the accidents start to happen, and I know she is behind them. It starts with small things, like a dropped birthday cake, a spilt glass of wine. But then my mother-in-law accuses me of something terrible. This woman is determined to get me out of her son’s life.

Now I wish I’d never met my handsome, clever husband. Or come to this luxurious house that feels more like a prison.

But I have secrets too. And no-one knows who I really am…

Wow…this was such a gripping psychological thriller I have read! Shalini Boland has done it again!

Caroline moves to a small town in England from Australia and is married to Sebastian. Sebastian brings his new wife to his family-owned pub and the news of his marriage actually shocked many, including his mother Lillian. Lillan starts cold feet with Caroline, believing that Caroline may have some sort of secret and was surprised at how Sebastian could marry Caroline all of a sudden. And Caroline believes that her husband’s family are holding a secret–a secret that may ruin her marriage with Sebastian.

From start to finish, this book was engaging and unputdownable. The story is mainly told from Caroline’s and Lillian’s POV with a background story with two women Amy and Michelle going on in the story. It’s typical that usually, mother-in-laws and daughter-in-law do not really get along but as you reach to the middle of the story, you will wonder what type of secret Sebastian was holding. You will also know that Caroline too is holding a secret.

By the middle of the book, and towards the end is where things started going…interesting. Secrets started revealing which becomes a completely surprising, twisted, and unexpected secret. And totally shocking too. The end literally blew my mind away and I felt like I was holding my breath as I was reading the end. Overall, I actually enjoyed this page-turning fast-paced thriller–if you like a page-turning fast-paced thriller with a bit of family drama, then I highly recommend you to read Shalini Boland’s new book The Daughter-In-Law–worth five stars!

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

Hello 🙂 I write psychological thrillers and dark adventures, and I live in Dorset, England with my husband, two children and our dog. I only write reviews for books I enjoy!

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