The Daughter In Law by Shalini Boland #BookReview #BooksOnTour #TheDaughterInLaw #PsychologicalThriller #NetGalley @ShaliniBoland @Bookouture #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The Daughter In Law by Shalini Boland, published by Bookouture.


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 bestselling 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 TrainGone Girl and The Wife Between Us.

“Every family has secrets… Some are more dangerous than others…”

Boland definitely knows how to weave a tale that never fails to entertain me and The Daughter In Law is another cracking read that fit the bill perfectly. I will even say it’s my new favourite of hers and another to add to my best reads of the year!

The evil mother in law trope is a favourite of mine, and Boland does it so well. Right from the outset no time is wasted in kicking things off with our mother in law Lillian making her feelings quite clear how she feels about her sons new bride Caroline. I enjoyed being drawn into the drama of it all and plenty of drama there was!

The characters have been well crafted and each have something to hide. The narration alternates between Caroline, Lillian and sisters Amy and Michelle. The latter two not known as to how they were going to fit into the story, so they intrigued me the most.

Of course it wouldn’t be a book from Boland if there weren’t some red herrings thrown in and mind blowing plot twists, which there were plenty. It is always such a thrill getting to these parts of the book, that often ends with my jaw hanging on the floor, which is exactly how I found myself at the end of this one. Just brilliant!

Thank you to Shalini Boland, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Daughter In Law, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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


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Follow the tour along the way for these bloggers thoughts about this book. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this books on tour and for the promotional materials.


Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and Jess their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer songwriter, but now she spends her days writing suspense thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).



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