The Mother-in-Law Cure
Farha Z. Hasan
The Mother-in-Law Cure is a modern day fairy tale that chronicles the rise of the book’s central character, Humara from orphan to power matriarch in an affluent family. Humara’s influence spans generations and continents, but things are seldom as they appear. Humara’s prosperity is not simply good fortune but stems from something dark and sinister – as those who encounter her quickly begin to realize. It seems that nothing can stand in Humara’s way as she pulls the strings of those around her, until she meets the unlikeliest of nemesis. Another young orphan whose status in the household is little more than a servant will be the instrument of Humara’s demise. The Mother-in-Law Cure is an urban fantasy that takes you from Pakistan to the Middle East and back to the United States.
I got a free copy of this book from Netgally in exchange for an honest review. It was touted as a “fairy tale” so I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting, but I thought it would be an interesting read, and it was. I haven’t read many books where most of the characters were Pakistani, so that was new, and I enjoyed that aspect of the book. Every time they talked about the yummy, spicy food it made me hungry! The book jumps around a lot and it took a little while for me to get into the rhythm of the book. Still, it was a compelling read, and I read it all in one sitting. The characters were easy to visualize, and Mirium, the daughter-in-law is especially likable and easy to root for as the “underdog”. The title character, Humara, is just so completely evil!
The author has a good handle on imagery, and found myself appreciating the lyrical writing throughout. I loved the rain motif. The book had a lovely mysterious feel to it, but in the end, I felt like not enough of the mystery was explained. I still had many unanswered questions.
Would I recommend this to my BFF? Probably not. It’s not one of those books that I finished and immediately felt I needed to gush about or recommend to others.
Would I recommend this to my teen daughter? No. It had a bit of profanity — not a lot, but some. Plus, I just don’t see her enjoying this one.
3.5 of 5 stars.