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About Sally Hepworth
Sally Hepworth is the bestselling author of The Secrets of Midwives (2015), The Things We Keep (2016) The Mother's Promise (2017), The Family Next Door (2018) and The Mother In Law (April 2019). Sally's books have been labelled “enchanting” by The Herald Sun, “smart and engaging” by Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Times bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Emily Giffin have praised Sally’s novels as “women’s fiction at its finest” and “totally absorbing”.
Sally's novels are available worldwide in English and have been translated into 10+ languages.
Sally lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children.
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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"A stunningly clever thriller made doubly suspenseful by not one, but two unreliable narrators." — People
Sally Hepworth, the author of The Mother-In-Law delivers a knock-out of a novel about the lies that bind two sisters in The Good Sister.
There's only been one time that Rose couldn't stop me from doing the wrong thing and that was a mistake that will haunt me for the rest of my life.
Fern Castle works in her local library. She has dinner with her twin sister Rose three nights a week. And she avoids crowds, bright lights and loud noises as much as possible. Fern has a carefully structured life and disrupting her routine can be...dangerous.
When Rose discovers that she cannot get pregnant, Fern sees her chance to pay her sister back for everything Rose has done for her. Fern can have a baby for Rose. She just needs to find a father. Simple.
Fern's mission will shake the foundations of the life she has carefully built for herself and stir up dark secrets from the past, in this quirky, rich and shocking story of what families keep hidden.
• "Deliciously entertaining!" —People Magazine's "People Pick"
• Entertainment Weekly's "MUST List"
• O Magazine’s "15 Best Beach Books of the Year So Far"
• Bustle "Best Book of April"
• Refinery29 "Best Book of April"
• Cosmopolitan "Best Book of April"
• Woman's Day's "27 Fiction Books of 2019 to Add to Your Reading List ASAP"
• BookBub's "Biggest Books of April"
• PopSugar's "30 Must-Read Books of 2019"
A twisty, compelling new novel about one woman's complicated relationship with her mother-in-law that ends in death...
From the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, she knew she wasn’t the wife Diana had envisioned for her perfect son. Exquisitely polite, friendly, and always generous, Diana nonetheless kept Lucy at arm’s length despite her desperate attempts to win her over. And as a pillar in the community, an advocate for female refugees, and a woman happily married for decades, no one had a bad word to say about Diana…except Lucy.
That was five years ago.
Now, Diana is dead, a suicide note found near her body claiming that she longer wanted to live because of the cancer wreaking havoc inside her body.
But the autopsy finds no cancer.
It does find traces of poison, and evidence of suffocation.
Who could possibly want Diana dead? Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her children, and their spouses? And what does it mean that Lucy isn’t exactly sad she’s gone?
Fractured relationships and deep family secrets grow more compelling with every page in this twisty, captivating new novel from Sally Hepworth.
Praise for Sally Hepworth:
“With jaw-dropping discoveries, and realistic consequences, this novel is not to be missed. Perfect for lovers of Big Little Lies.” —Library Journal, starred review
"Hepworth deftly keeps the reader turning pages and looking for clues, all the while building multilayered characters and carefully doling out bits of their motivations." —Booklist
America's next favorite Australian author!
"With jaw-dropping discoveries and realistic consequences, this novel is not to be missed. Perfect for lovers of Big Little Lies." —Library Journal, starred review
Small, perfect towns often hold the deepest secrets.
From the outside, Essie’s life looks idyllic: a loving husband, a beautiful house in a good neighborhood, and a nearby mother who dotes on her grandchildren. But few of Essie’s friends know her secret shame: that in a moment of maternal despair, she once walked away from her newborn, asleep in her carriage in a park. Disaster was avoided and Essie got better, but she still fears what lurks inside her, even as her daughter gets older and she has a second baby.
When a new woman named Isabelle moves in next door to Essie, she is an immediate object of curiosity in the neighborhood. Why single, when everyone else is married with children? Why renting, when everyone else owns? What mysterious job does she have? And why is she so fascinated with Essie? As the two women grow closer and Essie’s friends voice their disapproval, it starts to become clear that Isabelle’s choice of neighborhood was no accident. And that her presence threatens to bring shocking secrets to light.
The Family Next Door is Sally Hepworth at her very best: at once a deeply moving portrait of family drama and a compelling suburban mystery that will keep you hooked until the very last page.
"With empathy and keen insight, Sally Hepworth delivers a page-turning novel about the complex, lovely, and even heartbreaking relationships between mothers and daughters.—Emily Gifin
Three generations of women
Secrets in the present and from the past
A captivating tale of life, loss, and love…Neva Bradley, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy—including the identity of the baby's father— hidden from her family and co-workers for as long as possible. Her mother, Grace, finds it impossible to let this secret rest. The more Grace prods, the tighter Neva holds to her story, and the more the lifelong differences between private, quiet Neva and open, gregarious Grace strain their relationship. For Floss, Neva's grandmother and a retired midwife, Neva's situation thrusts her back sixty years in time to a secret that eerily mirrors her granddaughter's—one which, if revealed, will have life-changing consequences for them all. As Neva's pregnancy progresses and speculation makes it harder and harder to conceal the truth, Floss wonders if hiding her own truth is ultimately more harmful than telling it. Will these women reveal their secrets and deal with the inevitable consequences? Or are some secrets best kept hidden?
Sally Hepworth, the newest breakout star of domestic suspense delivers her next twisty novel about family secrets and lies in The Younger Wife.
Stephen Aston is getting married again. The only problem is, he's still married to his first wife, even though she is in a care facility for dementia. But he'll take care of that easily, by divorcing her--even if his adult daughters protest.
Tully and Rachel Aston look upon Heather as nothing but an interloper. Heather is the same age as Rachel and even younger than Tully. Clearly she's a golddigger and after their father's money. Heather has secrets that she's keeping close, and reasons of her own for wanting to marry Stephen.
With their mother unable to speak for herself, Tully and Rachel are determined to get to the truth about their family's secrets, the new wife closing in, and who their father really is. But will getting to the truth unleash the most dangerous impulses...in all of them?
A poignant and breathtaking novel from the author of The Things We Keep and The Secrets of Midwives.
All their lives, Alice Stanhope and her daughter, Zoe, have been a family of two, living quietly in Northern California. Zoe has always struggled with crippling social anxiety and her mother has been her constant and fierce protector. With no family to speak of, and the identity of Zoe’s father shrouded in mystery, their team of two works—until it doesn’t. Until Alice gets sick and needs to fight for her life.
Desperate to find stability for Zoe, Alice reaches out to two women who are practically strangers but who are her only hope: Kate, a nurse, and Sonja, a social worker. As the four of them come together, a chain of events is set into motion and all four of them must confront their sharpest fears and secrets—secrets about abandonment, abuse, estrangement, and the deepest longing for family. Imbued with heart and humor in even the most dismal moments, The Mother’s Promise is an unforgettable novel about the unbreakable bonds between mothers and daughters and the new ways in which families are forged.
Sally Hepworth novels are "sure to appeal to fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult, and Lisa Genova; book clubs will be lining up." —Library Journal (starred review)
With huge heart, humor, and a compassionate understanding of human nature, Sally Hepworth delivers a page-turning novel about the power of love to grow and endure even when faced with the most devastating of obstacles. You won’t forget The Things We Keep.
Anna Forster is only thirty-eight years old, but her mind is slowly slipping away from her. Armed only with her keen wit and sharp-eyed determination, she knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. But Anna has a secret: she does not plan on staying. She also knows there's just one another resident who is her age, Luke. What she does not expect is the love that blossoms between her and Luke even as she resists her new life. As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to what she knows, including her relationship with Luke.
Eve Bennett, suddenly thrust into the role of single mother to her bright and vivacious seven-year-old daughter, finds herself putting her culinary training to use at Rosalind house. When she meets Anna and Luke, she is moved by the bond the pair has forged. But when a tragic incident leads Anna's and Luke's families to separate them, Eve finds herself questioning what she is willing to risk to help them. Eve has her own secrets, and her own desperate circumstances that raise the stakes even higher.
Seit ihr Ehemann Graham vor fast einem Jahr nach einem schweren Unfall ins Koma fiel, sitzt Cate jeden Tag an seinem Krankenbett. Tief in ihrem Herzen muss sie sich jedoch eingestehen, dass sie die Hoffnung längst aufgegeben hat. Als ihre Freundin Céline sie zu sich nach Südfrankreich einlädt, erkennt Cate, wie sehr sie eine Auszeit braucht. Die liebenswert-exzentrischen Bewohner des malerischen Ortes St. Marc bringen sie bald auf andere Gedanken – und sie begegnet Jérôme, einem Fotografen, zu dem sie sich unwiderstehlich hingezogen fühlt. Aber darf Cate, obwohl Graham sie braucht, ihr Herz einem anderen öffnen?
Quand le corps de Diana, femme respectée dans sa communauté, est retrouvé, la thèse du suicide est bien vite écartée. Lucy, sa belle-fille, ne ferait-elle pas une coupable idéale ? Un suspense que les fans de Michelle Frances, Paula Hawkins, Phoebe Morgan, B.A. Paris et S.J. Watson vont dévorer !
Avocate appréciée pour son dévouement, Diana se bat pour améliorer le sort des réfugiés, mais elle se montre froide et distante, sinon blessante, envers les siens. Ce dont souffre Lucy, sa belle-fille, qui rêvait de trouver en elle une mère de substitution.
Dix années ont passé, et Diana vient de mourir. Elle se serait suicidée. Mais, à l'autopsie, nulle trace d'un cancer... Qu'est-il donc arrivé à Diana, dont le testament a été modifié peu de temps avant sa mort ?
Avec ce suspense psychologique, dans la lignée des succès de Liane Moriarty, Phoebe Morgan ou B.A. Paris, Sally Hepworth livre le portrait glaçant d'une famille en apparence harmonieuse. En apparence seulement...
Neva Bradley ist Hebamme – genau wie ihre Mutter und Großmutter. Als sie feststellt, dass sie selbst schwanger ist, hält sie es vor ihrer Familie geheim, denn sie kann ihnen nicht sagen, wer der Vater ist. Doch ihre Großmutter Florence spürt, dass mit Neva etwas nicht stimmt – und sie fühlt sich zurückversetzt in ihre eigene Vergangenheit. Denn seit Jahrzehnten hütet Florence ein Geheimnis, das mit der Situation ihrer Enkelin auf geradezu unheimliche Weise zusammenzuhängen scheint und das für alle Bradley-Frauen lebensverändernde Konsequenzen haben wird.
Il a suffi d'un instant.
A quelques heures du lancement de son défilé à Paris, Timmie O'Neill, grande prêtresse de la mode, se trouve affreusement souffrante. Aussitôt arrivé, le docteur Jean-Charles Vernier la somme de se rendre à l'hôpital, mais Timmie refuse de l'écouter : elle a travaillé des mois sur cet événement.
Le lendemain, au plus mal, Timmie appelle à nouveau Jean-Charles ; le diagnostic tombe : c'est une péritonite. L'opération réveille des souvenirs douloureux et la femme d'affaires têtue se révèle être une femme fragile. Des liens forts se tissent entre les deux personnages. Ils ne peuvent cependant envisager de relation sérieuse : elle vit aux Etats-Unis, lui à Paris ; et, surtout, Jean-Charles est marié. Pourront-ils surmonter les obstacles semés sur leur route ?
Entre l'Angleterre des années 1950 et les États-Unis d'aujourd'hui, un roman magnifique et émouvant, plein de suspense, de mystère et d'émotion, sur l'amour et les secrets qui unissent trois générations de sages-femmes.
À sept mois de grossesse, Neva Bradley, vingt-neuf ans, doit se résoudre à annoncer l'événement à sa mère et à sa grand-mère. Mais comment leur dire que le père ne fait pas partie du tableau et qu'elle compte bien élever l'enfant seule ?
Un choc pour Grace. Aussi exubérante que Neva est réservée, Grace n'a jamais vraiment su communiquer avec sa fille. Et aujourd'hui moins que jamais : elle qui a grandi sans présence paternelle souhaite plus que tout préserver son futur petit-enfant du sentiment d'abandon dont elle a souffert toute sa vie.
À quatre-vingt-trois ans, Floss, la grand-mère, ne dit mot. Et se laisse aller à ses souvenirs : ceux d'une mère célibataire qu'un drame avait poussée à quitter l'Angleterre et les siens, pour se reconstruire avec son bébé de l'autre côté de l'Atlantique. Et tenter d'oublier.
Alors que l'incompréhension se creuse entre la mère et la fille, la grand-mère, elle, le sait : l'heure est venue de parler ; de briser le sceau de secrets vieux de soixante ans, quoi qu'il en coûte...