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  • Ryanne Harper


I love a good psychological thriller, so up this week, A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson. And, yes, I am pronouncing their name in a vampire voice.

Parts psychological thriller, legal drama, and mystery, the New York Times have called it a "page-turner". We'll see, NYT, we will see. I mean, they're probably right, it is the New York Times, after all.

A Nearly Normal Family describes most families, I think. Except in this case there has been a brutal murder. Nothing goes with summer quite like murder books, so I'm really looking forward to starting this one today.

Nineteen-year-old Stella is a accused of murdering a much older man named Christopher. The narrative is told through three different perspectives, a man, his wife, and their daughter who has just been arrested for the murder. The man, Adam, is a preacher and a well-respected member of the community. He believes the police have just made a huge mistake and one little lie to protect his daughter won't hurt. Look, I've watched every single episode of Pretty Little Liars more than once, it absolutely will hurt. But I get it. Stella is his only child and there's no way she killed this man, right? Right? I don't know. I haven't read it yet.

Part two cuts to Stella who's chillin' in a jail cell. Again, I don't know if she's feeling stressed, totally freaking out, or if she's straight up Alison DiLaurentis about it. I'll report back on that.

Part three is told from the wife and mother's POV. Her husband is losing it. I assume the lie has spiraled out of control, as they are want to do, and the author purposely made him a preacher, so I think the weight of the lie would feel heavier to a holy man. Her daughter is on trial for murder, and, conveniently, Ulrika is a criminal defense attorney. So, she's Veronica Hasting - I have completely turned this book into PLL at this point and I apologize. I like that our third POV, the one relaying the court proceedings to us, is someone who fully understands what's happening, but also has a clear bias. And probably a plan. I don't know any defense attorneys personally, but through books and pop culture I have molded a very clear image of what they are in my head and they always have a plan. Usually a plan that benefits them or their family.

Here's what I'm looking for: twists and turns, mental and emotional breakdowns, something to be revealed about both the suspect and the victim, and lots of "Objection, your honor." I just really love it when people yell that.

A Nearly Normal Family is available for pre-order. You can do that here.

Looking for more recommendations? Check out my reading challenge blog here.

Oh, and keep an eye out for my review!

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