I've read and enjoyed books by Charity Norman before but The Son-In-Law had me hooked even before I'd started the first chapter with the transcript of a 999 call to the ambulance service by ten year old Scarlett.
Joseph Scott has killed the wife he loved, and their three children, Scarlett, Theo and Ben, have witnessed it. The story begins as Joseph is released from prison after serving his sentence and his in-laws, Hannah and Frederick, have been bringing up the children.
One would think that the story is about domestic violence but it soon becomes clear that it's more complex when the full events of the fateful night begin to unravel. The book is written from three different angles, Joseph's story, Hannah's story and Scarlett's story with each of them having a different perspective on what's happened.
I liked how the author allowed the story to develop naturally and unfold bit by bit. Certain details made for uncomfortable reading and really made me question what my feelings were towards particular characters, and they weren't all favourable.
I would definitely recommend The Son-In-Law, I've enjoyed every book of Charity Norman's that I've read so far, so much so that I've just downloaded another by this author onto my Kindle.