A Nearly Normal Family

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 25 Sep 2019

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Told in three parts and three perspectives.  There is the Dad/Pastor, Mom/Lawyer and teen daughter who is rebellious to say the least.  Dad is sure in his feelings and life if somewhat pedantic.  Mom is sure in her abilities but less sure in the emotions department.  Daughter, Stella, is a hellion who is hard to control.  The book leads up to and unfolds during a murder trial where the family secrets spill out.  Compulsively readable and quite well done.
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A Nearly Normal Family is a legal thriller with a unique twist - it is told from the perspective of father, daughter & mother - in the midst of the daughter being arrested for murder. Learning this family's backstory as well as how each of their minds work is such an interesting facet of this book, one that you do not usually get from this type of novel. 

The family dynamics are much more of the story to me here then the actual "whodunnit" - which was interesting, too, but it's the family that really shapes the storytelling and in many ways, the case too. There is a ton of relevance to current events in this novel, which always make for interesting conversation - something I think will definitely be happening once this book is released.

Thank you to Celedon Books for an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
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This book has been on my to-read-in-2019 list for a while now, and when I was approved to read it early I was so thrilled. An eighteen-year-old girl is accused of murdering a well-known business man over ten years her senior - but her parents didn't even know she knew him, and they believe that she would never, ever do something like that...

I enjoyed the way that the story is told in three parts - father, daughter, mother - and you find out bits and pieces in each part, but there are also pieces that lack truth, pieces hidden. I enjoy stories that have unreliable narrators, and this one certainly incorporated that in a way I found enjoyable and effective. Despite the fact that it has three narrators (and that all three prove themselves unreliable in some fashion), I did not feel confused by the narrative, which I feel could have easily happened given the storyline.

Thank you to NetGalley and Celadon Books for the opportunity to read this book! 

4 - 4.25 stars.
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This book was really captivating. You don’t have just one untrustworthy narrator, but 3 in this story. It’s interesting to see how 3 members of the same family are remembering past events differently from one another and then you’re forced to decide who to believe in order to uncover the truth in the present. Can any of them be trusted? I def loves this book. It’s different than anything I’ve read lately and was well thought out and executed excellently.
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A gripping and haunting murder mystery/ legal thriller.
A teen girl from a loving family is accused of murdering a questionable businessman.

The plot moves swiftly between the POVs of the father, mother, and the accused daughter. Lots of secrets, twists, and turns leave the reader always questioning who is telling the truth and how much do we really know those closest to us.

Thanks #Netgalley, the publisher and author for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review 

Serviceable if a bit formulaic legal thriller, teenage bad girl crafted by male writer with the usual acting out. 
Just ok.
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Thank you to the publisher for sending me this titile.
The story itself, the plot line was interesting.  I'm talking about a eighteen year-old girl being accused of murdering an much older man.  The author's writing was good.  I liked it.  However, I'm not much for a legal thriller kind of person.  I found it a little to concentrate on during those legal business going on.  It's not entirely my type of book, but I'm sure someone will love it.
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Shady businessman turns up dead and of all the people they seek to accuse it's a local teenager?
Ok, well there must be evidence against 18 yo Stella that would sway them to look her way and make such harsh allegations against her. Right?!
How well can you know your own flesh and blood?
Could she do something so hideous even with a perfect childhood with parents who loved and adored her as good model citizens in their community?
Stella never mentioned that her so called friend Amina had more going on then meets the eye.
Amina is suffering from keeping an awful secret one that could be the answer to everyone's prayers yet she may never heal from the situation she experienced at the hands of a monster.
But did anyone think to check close acquaintances to the victim? After all most murders are from those closest to them who were familiar with routines and connected in a more personal manner.
Perhaps the psycho will be exposed and those involved will get the justice they so deserve!
Thank you to MT Edvardsson, the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
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This was so good, it was hard to put down when it ended. I think M.T. Edvardsson really did an outstanding job a creating this story because it was so like a family in every aspect. He created tension, love, and an understanding of Swedish law to an extent. This was a story of two girls from different families, Stella Sandell and Amina Beŝić, they grew up alway knowing about the other girl and later played hand ball on the same team, they were best friends, sharing their dreams. But they ran into Chris Olsen at a dance and they both had the hots for him. Later on this proved to be a fatal blow for Stella once she was arrested for the murder of Chris. Her mom and dad, Ulrika and Adam Sandell were key into finding out about the murder and what Stella and Amina played into it and the big why? I can't wait for another book by M.T. Edvardsson if it was as good as this one. I recommend this book as one of the few books that captures a family with all it's flaws.
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I would give more than 5 stars if I could.  As a parent, this book really gripped and chilled me., but even if I were not one I think I still would have loved the way this story was done.  It was one that truly chilled me to the bones and thrilled me too, while also making my brain a bit funky from trying to decide what is going to happen or what happened and why!  A must read for all those who love psychological thrillers, with some legal thrills twisted in!  
Will be using in a challenge, reviewing closer to publish date, and recommending to the members of Chapter Chatter Pub!
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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  

From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

M.T. Edvardsson’s A Nearly Normal Family is a gripping psychological 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.

Seventeen-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 defence 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?

Ooooooooooh - you gotta love a family secret.  I always say to my 91 and 92-year-old parents "do you really know me?" (Trust me, they do not).  "Normal family" is such a subjective term, truth be told, and this was a well-crafted look into that fallacy and the mystery behind "normal" and the businessman's murder. If you like a book that keeps you guessing until the end, this is it! 

As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 📚 📚📚📚📚
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Excellent family drama-slash-legal thriller about secrets and lies in a close-knit family when a daughter is tried for a murder. Points of view and past events are shifted between mother, father, and daughter, and Edvardsson masterfully skews each perception JUST ENOUGH so that the reader is always unsure where the truth lies. Well-crafted and emotionally haunting - 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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