finished reading

At first, I wasn't sure I would like this book but it's one of my favorites of this year. There's depth and dynamic. It's a compelling family drama as well as a mystery. I wish there had been more about the police interviews, but that would have made the book longer and probably wouldn't have been necessary. The narrative passes from different characters and times but it was easy to keep the timeline in order. And the distinction of the narrators' voices was very clear.

From the publisher:
From the moment Lucy met her husband's mother, Diana, she was kept at arm's length. Diana was exquisitely polite, and properly friendly, but Lucy knew that she was not what Diana envisioned. But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice who helped female refugees assimilate to their new country. Diana was happily married to Tom, and lived in wedded bliss for decades. Lucy wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law.

That was five years ago.

Now, Diana has been found dead, a suicide note near her body. Diana claims that she no longer wanted to live because of a battle with cancer.

But the autopsy finds no cancer.
The autopsy does find traces of poison and suffocation.
Who could possibly want Diana dead?
Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her adult children and their spouses?

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