A Nearly Normal Family: A Novel

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Celadon Books, Jun 25, 2019 - Fiction - 400 pages
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"...A compulsively readable tour de force." —The Wall Street Journal

New York Times Book Review
recommends M.T. Edvardsson’s A Nearly Normal Family and lauds it as a “page-turner” that forces the reader to confront “the compromises we make with ourselves to be the people we believe our beloveds expect.” (NYTimes Book Review Summer Reading Issue)


M.T. Edvardsson’s A Nearly Normal Family is a gripping legal thriller that forces the reader to consider: How far would you go to protect the ones you love? In this twisted narrative of love and murder, a horrific crime makes a seemingly normal family question everything they thought they knew about their life—and one another.

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?

 

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It's been a while since I raced through a novel in two days, but this was a compelling story that managed to continue to move the plot forward at a brisk pace while keeping the revelation of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - pgchuis - LibraryThing

I enjoyed the section from the father's point of view, but after that it began to drag and by the end I was just skimming it. None of the characters were likeable and I lost interest in which were psychopaths, liars, stalkers, or murderers. Read full review

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About the author (2019)

M. T. Edvardsson is an author and teacher from Trelleborg, Sweden. He is the author of multiple novels. A Nearly Normal Family is his first published in the United States. He lives with his family in Löddeköpinge, Sweden.

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