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 each other.
Eighteen-year-old Stella 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 Familyasks the questions: How well do you know your own children? How far would you go to protect them?
****4 Star Review****
Why hasn't M.T. Edvardsson been published in the US before A Nearly Normal Family? That is a question floating around my head right now because he is definitely an author I will be adding to my Must Read authors list!
I had no clue what to except from this author but I was just taken on a suspenseful, family drama ride. Is there such a thing as a Nearly Perfect Family? The Sandell's sure look like it from the outside but when the secrets come out, you will start questioning everything. Nothing is ever like it seems.
I really enjoyed the way the story was told to us. We get three parts from three different characters.
Adam, the Father who is a Pastor. Stella, the 17 year old daughter who is in on trial for murder. Ulrika, the mother who knows her way around the courtroom.
The story goes back and forth between before and after the murder. The different perspectives from these three characters made the suspense even more thrilling. We know someone was murdered but have no clue why or who did it. In my eyes, everyone was a suspect!
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I am looking forward to future books from M.T. Edvardsson.