A Nearly Normal Family

A Nearly Normal Family

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"Eighteen-year-old Stella Sandell stands accused of the brutal murder of a man almost fifteen years her senior. She is an ordinary teenager from an upstanding local family. What reason could she have to know a shady businessman, let alone to kill him? Stella's father, a pastor, and mother, a criminal defense attorney, find their moral compasses tested as they defend their daughter, while struggling to understand why she is a suspect. Told in an unusual three-part structure, A Nearly Normal Family asks the questions: How well do you know your own children? How far would you go to protect them?"--
Publisher: New York : Celadon Books, 2019.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250204431
Branch Call Number: FIC EDVARDSSON, M.
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Willson-Broyles, Rachel - Translator


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Oct 09, 2019

Written in 3 different voices: father, daughter and mother with each voice expressing an insight into this complicated and seemingly normal suburban family affected by the teen-daughter’s involvement in a murder of an adult male. Each voice questions and defends their place in the family and in the community while justifying their reasons for their actions including keeping secrets from each other. At times, I was frustrated by their decisions and not until the end does it all seem to come together. Good read and a real page turner.

Sep 01, 2019

A compelling read. An interesting structure with the story developing through three POV. The characters and relationships developed in a very real and intriguing manner. The question of what would you do to help your child thread throughout the narrative, with a satisfying conclusion.

Aug 28, 2019

Great start but slowed down from the middle on and became a little predictable. Overall a good, easy, catching read

Aug 17, 2019

A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson is a legal thriller with a difference. It involves a Swedish family: the father who is a pastor, the mother who is a criminal defense attorney and an eighteen-year-old daughter, Stella. Life as they know it suddenly becomes a nightmare when Stella is arrested and jailed for allegedly committing a horrific crime. The author divides the novel into three parts as each family member describes the events leading up to the arrest, giving the reader three points-of-view to help solve the mystery. I recommend A Nearly Normal Family to readers who enjoy legal mysteries unlike the usual.

LoganLib_Kirra Jul 02, 2019

A Nearly Normal Family is a thrilling legal mystery that had me absorbed until the very end with a fantastic conclusion that I truly didn't expect but worked perfectly for the storyline. However, there was also another great layer to this book with the emphasis on the whole family affected by this crime and their disbelief in the situation but ultimately the clear evidence stacked against them as well.

Jun 19, 2019

A riveting glimpse into the Swedish court system and a dysfunctional family. We see the story from three sides: Adam (father and pastor), Stella (daughter and accused) and Ulrika (mother and hard-boiled defense attorney). The three have a tight-knit family facade, but the cracks are widening as we learn more about them. The bottom line is, they all show themselves to be unreliable and that keeps you glued to the narrative right through the Epilogue. Sure to be a popular pick for vacation reading.
I could also see book groups finding much to discuss as the narrative explores the themes of family, truth and justice.

debwalker Jun 08, 2019

A Heather pick!

JCLGreggW Apr 30, 2019

Excellent family drama/legal thriller about secrets and lies in a close-knit family when a daughter is tried for a murder. The novel masterfully skews each perception JUST ENOUGH; in all the twists and turns of this years' thrillers, it turns out the most unreliable of narrators are normal parents.


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