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A Nearly Normal Family

A Novel
Written by: M. T. Edvardsson
Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (89 ratings)

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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 listener 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 15 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?

©2019 Text copyright M. T. Edvardsson,Translation copyright Rachel Wilson-Broyles (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Loved it!

The story drew on feelings of all sorts. Lies, truths, resilience, bonds... and justice I’m not certain prevailed.

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Wow

Gripping. Each side of the story just wow how it ends beautiful. I had to hear the moms side all in one listen.

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Absolutely magnificent!

This book and narration exceed my expectations; I thought the story was interesting but.. wow. I am sad it’s over. Great character development— great story line.... keeps you guessing and hoping and the narration is on point. Well worth the money and the listen. I loved it!

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So good!!

Did not guess the ending and loved the way it was told by three different points of view.

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Loved it!
Could not put it down. Read it in 2 days. Narration was the best.

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Excellent!

I greatly enjoyed the three party narrative with all the twists and turns only such differing viewpoints could provide. Father, daughter and mother caught up in a nightmare scenario with family secrets and personal failings laid bare. I didn’t know who to believe nor to what lengths each would be willing to go. I didn’t, at least not until the very end.

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A bit long

This book was on the Indigo top list for Heather’s picks so I gave it a try. The story has a lot of flashbacks and drags on with three points of view. I think it could have been shorter (there are over 100 chapters) but overall it was okay.

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Longer than needs be

Full of unlikeable characters. I finished it just to be proven right about the killer.

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Thrilling, keeps you wanting more.

Several sides to a intriguing story that doesn't disappoint. Narration was just as enjoyable as the story.