• The Daughter-in-Law

  • By: Shalini Boland
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (116 ratings)

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The Daughter-in-Law

By: Shalini Boland
Narrated by: Katie Villa
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Publisher's Summary

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. Then I discover Seb was married before and his first wife is dead. I wonder why the man I love didn’t tell me the truth. And I wonder what happened to her: the woman who came before me. How did she die?

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….

From the USA Today best-selling author, this totally addictive psychological thriller will keep you guessing all the way to the final shocking twist. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and The Wife Between Us.

©2022 Shalini Boland (P)2022 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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Weak storey line

The narrator was good but the plot is very unbelievable. Not a good read

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just okay

Not up to Shalini Boland's level of writing..a bit of a lazy predictable story.
Narration always good by Katie Villa

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Most disappointing "twist" ever written!

I've enjoyed some of Shalini Boland's work in the past, and this one initially seemed to be one of her best. I was totally engaged in this fast-paced thriller--until suddenly the bubble burst. Following a big "twist", I was left with characters who were extremely nasty, and a storyline that was simply ridiculous. You've got to be kidding, I thought. Do you actually expect me to believe this? I kept hoping that somehow the story would redeem itself, but no such luck. Oh, Shalini, why do you insist on imbedding a twist in everything you write? Overall rating (considering the great beginning): 2.5 stars rounded up

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I couldn’t stop listening!

Engrossing story told from three POVs. I absolute love Shalini Boland’s work and this one did not disappoint! Katie Villa did a beautiful job!

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Great read!

Love everything about this book! From the first page to the last. When a books makes me gasp, cry or laugh out loud it’s a great read. I gasped out loud in a couple of places. We’ll done Shalini!

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Great suspense story

Shalini Boland really knows how to draw me into a story. I think I know what's going to happen but I'm surprised every time. Katie Villa is a wonderful narrator.

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Didn’t see those twists coming. You think you have an idea, but you don’t! Enjoyed it very much

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  • 01-26-23

not my favorite

I have read many of her books, but this was not my favorite. It was more like a soap opera, in a my opinion. It didn’t get to psychologically exciting who-done-it until the very end. I will still read more books by this author I just thought it could’ve been a little bit better. I also had a hard time figuring it out which person the narrator was playing. Normally, it’s easy to figure out but not this time. but the overall performance was good and that’s why I give it five stars.

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So good!!

I couldn’t stop listening to this story! The author and voice actors did such a great job

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Great narration, awful storyline

Usually I enjoy Shalini Borland’s books. This one missed the mark for me. Katie Villa as always was superb.

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  • 11-06-22

Absolutely BRILLIANT 💯👏🏽Katie is one of the top narrator’s💯👏🏽

Thoroughly enjoyed this! Katie completely made this book and i LOVE when i see a book I really want and it’s Katie who is the narrator. She is one of my favourite narrator’s. She is definitely up there in the top 10💯👏🏽 This story keeps you gripped right through and you need to know what happens next. I jump from book to book usually and im VERY fussy and I don’t get gripped easily. I only leave reviews if i have enjoyed a book LOTS, and i don’t leave reviews if i don’t like a book and return it because there’s not such a thing as a bad book as they say😊 everyone has different likes and dislikes. I also feel really sorry for author’s who get so much nasty things said in reviews ☹️it’s just not needed! I highly recommend this book, you will be hooked straight away and you will never guess the twists or the ACTUAL story🤗 I never seen any the twists coming which i LOVE when im wrong or i didn’t even think there was a twist 😲🤣 so thank you Shalini for an AMAZING book!💯👏🏽 i will be looking for more of your books right now thank you🥰😊 Thank you Katie Villa once again for ANOTHER book that you read so so BRILLIANT, you have an AMAZING talent!!💯💯👏🏽👏🏽 Thank you audible for another AMAZING BRILLIANT book! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽❤️❤️❤️xxxx *add on…. I have just seen that Katie Villa is the narrator is just about all your books, and i am DELIGHTED about this🤗🙌🏽 i think every single book i like the sound of so i am about to buy more NOW🤗💃🏻 I have read one of your books and i LOVED it! On to my next Shalini book🤗😊

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  • JL
  • 12-22-22

A twist in the tale

Absolutely superb. I urge you to listen to this audio book. Plus beautifully narrated by Katie Villa

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  • Rae Radford
  • 11-13-22

Shut the curtains and turn out the lights.

Let Katie Villa bring this masterpiece to life for you. Every character is recognisable in somebody you've already met, and every situation is believable. I felt like I was a member of the public sitting in the Royal Oak watching this family and their staff trying to hold everything together. For anybody who has ever run or owned a pub, the punters believe they have a right to know all your business. This is brought to life in this fantastic book. As a budding author, I doff my cap at you Shalini Boland, I inspire to be half as good as you.
A wonderful mystery/thriller.
I've read 93 books so far this year (2022) and this one is in my top ten. ❤️📚

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  • Julie Lennox
  • 12-31-22

Gripping

One of her best so far. A great narration and a twist I didn’t see coming.

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  • Jack Stewart
  • 12-03-22

Didn’t expect that!

I thought it was a great story and the twists in this? Never saw that coming.
Definitely be downloading more of this author 😀

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  • Janey H
  • 11-28-22

A good listen

I did enjoy this and as all Shalini's books there was a great big twist at the end. Brilliantly narrated by Katie Villa as she has such an adaptable voice to different accents.
The story kept me interested so would recommend

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  • Gadgeteria
  • 11-22-22

Good Listening

If you want something light and interesting.. this fits! Usual banter and plot twisting from author.

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  • Sarah Brackenbury
  • 11-08-22

Far fetched!

Very basic plot and totally unbelievable! Katie Villa gets on my nerves by not pronouncing her ings and her awful accents. Very disappointed in this weak excuse for a story. Waste of a credit.

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  • Christine
  • 12-18-22

Disappointing

The story is very weak and totally unrealistic. I did listen to the end hoping it would get better but sadly not.

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  • Ashleigh Duke
  • 11-06-22

predictable

Huge fan of Shalini Bolands books but this one was too predictable, you guess who it is very early in the book by they behave.

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  • Dawn
  • 01-08-23

excellent story

I loved this story. never saw the end coming the way it did. love the voices used in the audio book also.