‘A deceptive and riveting novel’ – Karin Slaughter
Chosen as one of the best seven thrillers of the summer by the New York Times
A Nearly Normal Family is the stunning psychological thriller from M. T. Edvardsson and asks what would you do if your child was suspected of murder, how far would you go to protect them? Do you want to know the truth? If you loved A. J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window or J. P. Delaney’s The Girl Before, you will love this.
Every murder case starts with a suspect.
What if the suspect is your daughter?
Would you believe her, or the evidence against her?
Believes his daughter has been framed.
Believes she is hiding something.
Believes they have no idea what she’s truly capable of . . .
There are three sides to the story.
And the truth will shatter this family to pieces.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Stella’s parents, like all parents, imagined that their little Princess would be the perfect child, what they got was a feisty young lady that gave more than them cause for concern when she was growing up. Not really the picture they wanted to portray to the local community where Adam was the Pastor of a growing congregation and Ulrika an Attorney.
This is one brilliant story that lead me and I followed like a sheep totally oblivious of what was ultimately waiting for me. As the story unfolds it is told by the three family members in present-day and in flashbacks. When Stella comes home very late after a night out Adam knows that there is something very wrong and he is faced with making decisions that go against everything that he believes in but will the position he holds in the community give him an edge? I mean could you lie in court if your child was facing a murder charge?
I am still bowled over with this book which turned me inside out and back again. The characters were brilliantly created and perfectly played by the author as I am still smiling and shaking my head at the same time! Like in most crime stories you get the main event and then the unraveling of the who and why which in this case you are given early on but this story takes it further into the dynamics of the family unit. It’s a bit like the chicken and the egg. Family loyalty or justice.
Quite a proportion of the story is set around the trial of Stella and it is sooooo tense that my skin was tingling. I waited with bated breath, hung on to every word, and loved every solitary sentence. This was Brilliance, yes with a capital B. A must-read Summer book.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.