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Someone once told me that you have two families in your life - the one you are born into and the one you choose. Yes, you may get to choose your partner, but you don't choose your mother-in-law. The cackling mercenaries of fate determine it all.

From the moment Lucy met Diana, she was kept at arm's length. Diana is exquisitely polite, but Lucy knows, even after marrying Oliver, that they'll never have the closeness she'd been hoping for. 

But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice, the matriarch of a loving family. Lucy had wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law.

That was 10 years ago. Now, Diana has been found dead, leaving a suicide note. But the autopsy reveals evidence of suffocation. And everyone in the family is hiding something....

From the best-selling author of The Family Next Door comes a new pause-resister about that trickiest of relationships.

©2019 Sally Hepworth (P)2019 Macmillan Australia Audio

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An amazing story.

This story had me enthralled from the very beginning. A great insight into relationships that are so complicated and often misunderstood. Also life challenges that are more common than we realise. Totally addictive and I couldn’t stop. Sally is my new favourite author.
Beautifully read by a very talented Casey Withoos.

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  • 05-09-19

Kept me hooked

Loved it. It isn't as much of a psychological thriller as I thought it would be. But I loved where it went. Quite emotional at times and I loved the slow-growing relationship between the main character and the mother-in-law. The 'who done it' was obvious to me from the start but it usually is. So that's nothing against the author. Besides, I don't think the mystery was the highlight of the book. It was the relationships and I really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-18-20

Couldn’t press stop.

I would pop this on with a sleep timer before bed but I had to keep extending the timer as I couldn’t stop it. So good! Lots of twists. Beautifully read - such a talented reader. All her voices were amazing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-25-19

Great listen.

Excellent. I liked her and disliked her. She gave me good ideas about inheritances and why we should give the subject a lot of thought before doing what is expected. Niknot.

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  • Brooke Rashid
  • 04-19-21

Wonderful!

Really loved this book! The variations in voices was really well done. Really enjoyed it!

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  • shazpa01
  • 03-30-21

Great read

Fantastic story, loved the different elocution for each character. plot line was interesting with a few twists. I really loved the character of Lucy, such strength and personality.

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  • Jan Richardson
  • 02-06-21

Easy Listening

Loved this Audio, great narrator, she told the story really well.
Couldn't stop listening such a good author...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-29-21

Fantastic book

What a story with so many elements that were easy to follow thanks to The narrator doing an excellent job. Usually I take a week of passive listening to finish a book like this, but I finished it in a single day. Unable to turn it off.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-28-21

I got lost in this and didn’t want it to end

Another great read by this author, loving Sally Hepworths style of writing. Soo relatable. Highly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-23-20

Really kept my interest

I enjoyed this and listened to it all in a couple of days. It was interesting hearing the different viewpoints and I could sympathise with most characters.

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  • Rebecca
  • 07-09-20

Really good read

Good narrative and narrator. Characters felt really real and generally captivating. Would Recommend highly.