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A nearly normal family

by Edvardsson, M. T.

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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?

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Swedish couple Adam and Ulrika are awakened by their teenage daughter, Stella, sobbing inconsolably at their bedside. Ulrika finally calms her down and assures Adam not to worry. The next morning, however, Adam finds Stella's bloodstained shirt in the laundry. Then, incomprehensibly, Adam and Ulrika are notified that detectives are questioning Stella about a murder. Christopher Olsen, a real-estate developer, has been killed, and his neighbor claims to have seen Stella there just before she heard Olsen's screams. As Adam and Ulrika struggle to work out Stella's connection to Olsen, protective instincts reign. The bloodied shirt and Stella's phone disappear, and Adam finds himself providing a false alibi. Then, after Stella's best friend disputes Stella's story, and police discover evidence of a volatile secret relationship between Olsen and Stella, Stella is charged with murder. As the trial looms, Adam deteriorates into rage, Ulrika guards secrets, and Stella slowly reveals the storm of manipulation, repressed trauma, and fierce loyalty that led to Olsen's death. An intense legal thriller that successfully plays realistic, gripping emotion against a shocking legal twist.--Christine Tran Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Swedish author Edvardsson make his U.S. debut with an ambitious novel that focuses on the question: What would one do to save one's child from the consequences of a horrible crime? Rebellious 18-year-old Stella Sandell has a violent temper and a penchant for getting into trouble, reflecting a need to defy her overprotective father, Adam, a Church of Sweden pastor in the town of Lund. When Stella is arrested for the murder of her lover, 33-year-old Christopher Olsen, a criminal law professor's son with a checkered past, Adam and his lawyer wife, Ulrika, go to great lengths to help their troubled daughter. Edvardsson uses first-person narratives from Adam, Stella, and Ulrika to tell the story of the family, the crime, and the trial. This structure adds complexity and ambiguity, but the three different versions of the events result in too much repetition, dampening the suspense and weakening the denouement. This novel works better as a domestic drama than as a mystery. Agent: Astri Ahlander, Ahlander Agency (Sweden). (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Families -- Fiction.
Clergy -- Fiction.
Children of clergy -- Fiction.
Trials (Murder) -- Fiction.
Lawyers -- Fiction.
Women lawyers -- Fiction.
Rape victims -- Fiction.
Electronic books.
Psychological fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Celadon Books2019.
Contributors Willson-Broyles, Rachel.
OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
Translated from the Swedish.
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9781250204424
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