Author: Farha Z. Hasan
No. of Pages: 220
Genre: Desi Chick Lit, South Asian Fiction
Story line: “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.” as Goodreads describes it.
Thoughts: The story is more about Miriam who is a daughter in law of Humara and Humara treats her as a servant of the house. She is not given the right to put her opinions in front of the family members. Her husband is cheating on her. Humara dominates her and makes decisions for her. Then, Miriam finds the ‘mother-in-law cure’ which results in Humara’s death and Miriam’s freedom from her marriage and from her old life.
I was given this book by the author in an exchange of an honest book review. Thank you for that Mrs. Hasan. What I think about the book is that the story is quite mundane. I started reading it hoping that something would happen. I was expecting that miriam would find the magic that her mother in law uses and will compete with her. They both will face each other. That Miriam would unravel Humara’s secret as Humara was the central character who brought the spookiness in the story. But nothing of that sort happened. I reached chapter 10 and there were still characters to be introduced. I kept reading hoping that the story will take a twist. But it never did. I reached chapter 20 and it was all about Miriam’s brother in law marriage arrangements, about her monotonous life, Humara dominating her. Finally somewhere in the story Miriam finds the cure somehow and then, uses it. Then, the next thing you know is that you are on the last chapter, where Humara has died and Miriam has finally found her freedom and she has taken divorce from her husband. Miriam is free now.
You never get to know from where Humara found the vials or how she started using black magic. From where did that vial come from? Who was the mystery lady who gave Miriam’s the cure? The vial or the cure in itself is a mystery. You never get to know the background of it.
I think that the story could have had some interesting twists and turns and some background. To be very honest, I didn’t like the book. Or may be it wasn’t for me.
Who should read it? If you like reading simple stories then go for it.
Sorry. I didn’t like it.