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Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The Mother In Law by Karen King, published by Bookouture.


Today is my wedding day. And I don’t know if I’ll make it out alive…

As I put my beautiful white wedding dress on, I try not to ignore my fears. I look in the mirror and feel more beautiful than I ever have before. I know marrying Sam is the right choice. He’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

I reach for my bright yellow roses, and I force myself to be as cheerful and sunny as those flowers. I won’t dwell on everything that’s happened recently – ever since we agreed to stay with his parents for the weeks ahead of the wedding.

Glancing down at my sparkling engagement ring, I pretend to myself I can forget about the ‘accidents’ I keep having, that I can’t believe are coincidental. Or about his mother’s barbed comments, and the dark looks she gives me.

And, just for today, while I walk down the aisle towards the man of my dreams, while I say ‘I do’, I’ll try to put the secret I know about the family I am marrying into right out of my mind.

Even though that’s one secret that – if I was my soon-to-be mother-in-law – I might just kill to keep…

An absolutely thrilling and gripping psychological suspense novel, perfect for fans of Shalini Boland, Shari Lapena, and The Woman in the Window.

“He loves you now…He loved her first…”

I absolutely loved this book. Right from the outset I was hooked and caught up in all its drama. The mother in law trope is always an entertaining one, but there is more to this tale than meets the eye.

The prologue sets the tone for the story and you just know you are going to be taken on a thrilling ride. My heart immediately went out to our lead and with all that she goes through, the phrase ”does love concur all” entered my mind. It definitely had me questioning what I would do if I found myself in the same situation.

Karen King always crafts a fast paced, well written tale with interesting characters. She does a great job of taking you down one path, while pulling the wool over your eyes, just to then to take you a completely different way.

There are plenty of surprises and shocking revelations and all round this is an outstanding read!

Thank you to Karen King, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Mother in Law, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.


Amazon AU
Amazon US

Amazon UK


Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about The Mother in Law. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this tour and for the promotional materials.


Karen King is a multi-published author of both adult and children’s books. Currently published by Bookouture and Headline, Karen writes about the light and dark of relationships. Her eleventh romantic novel, The Spanish Wedding Disaster, has recently been published and her third psychological thriller The Mother In Law is out in July, with a fourth one in February 2023.

Karen has also had 120 children’s books, two young adult novels, and several short stories for women’s magazines published. Her thrillers The Perfect Stepmother and The Stranger in my Bed and her romantic novel The Cornish Hotel by the Sea became International Amazon bestsellers.

Karen is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Authors, the Crime Writers’ Association and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists. She now lives in Spain where she loves to spend her non-writing time exploring the quaint local towns with her husband, Dave, when she isn’t sunbathing or swimming in the pool, that is.




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