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A Nearly Normal Family

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Summary

A Nearly Normal Family is the stunning psychological thriller from M. T. Edvardsson and asks what would you do if your child was suspected of murder, how far would you go to protect them? Do you want to know the truth? If you loved A. J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window or J. P. Delaney’s The Girl Before, you will love this.

Every murder case starts with a suspect. What if the suspect is your daughter? Would you believe her or the evidence against her?

The father 

Believes his daughter has been framed.

The mother 

Believes she is hiding something.

The daughter 

Believes they have no idea what she’s truly capable of....

There are three sides to the story. And the truth will shatter this family to pieces.

©2019 A Nearly Normal Family and Rachel Willson-Broyles (P)2019 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Critic reviews

"It is only fitting that a story about a family told in three parts should involve more than one narrator. Emily Watson, Georgia Maguire, and Richard Armitage complement each other's depictions of a dysfunctional household that is hiding secrets. Armitage opens the story with a strong interpretation of Adam's views on his family and his faith, emphasizing the strict hold he has on his daughter. Watson and Maguire pair well together, voicing a mother and daughter who are parallel in tone yet befitting and distinctive. These narrators embody a family that is not so normal after all." (AudioFile)

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Really good story and performance

This book started off quite slowly, and I wasn’t sure I liked any of the characters. However, the story was intriguing enough to keep me interested and in the end I was glad I stuck with it. Having been a teenage girl myself, albeit quite some time ago, I was impressed that the author captured the arrogance, bravado, hatred of anything normal which of course is boring, and impulsiveness that I remember so well. The twist at the end was clever, although I did guess a lot of it. I recommend this audiobook if you like a slow burner. It is well worth persevering with.

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Great Thriller

Loved the tempo, the story full of swedish twists. Three view points keep you hooked and invested in each character.

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superb!

totally gripping story.. I was Spellbound throughout.. I loved how the story evolved, being told by the three protagonists

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Thought provoking and gripping

If you can get past the British accents reading what is clearly a translation by an American, then this is highly recommended

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A Nearly Perfect Book

A wonderfully written and plotted book, great narration and a satisfying ending. I loved every minute of it and didn’t want it to end.

If you like Scandinavian crime/police procedural novels with a psychological element at the heart of the plot, then give this a try. I was hooked by the end of the first chapter.

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Wow!

This is an amazingly good, life like story. The readers all bring it so utterly truthfully to life and it is truly impossible to stop listening to. Well done to all involved in the production.

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I found the pace really slow and drawn out and the story a bit predictable

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Engaging, Engrossing, Intriguing Scandi Thriller

I had this book on my wish list but did go for it until it came up as the Daily Deal and had I known how good it was I would have got it a long time ago as it really was very gripping and thought provoking.
The story is told by three different people and includes events as seen from four viewpoints. Just like as is explained in the court case, the first story told is naturally taken as the truth and it takes very compelling evidence to sway the human brain away from believing any other version of events.
This change of perspective makes the book fascinating as we learn so much more about the characters as well as the murder and the events which led up to it.
Stylishly and flawlessly narrated I loved the way the book dipped from English accents into what sounded to me like fluent Swedish when place and people's names came up which made me really feel like I was in Sweden and Denmark and gave it a lovely Scandi Drama authenticity and flair.
Plenty of twists and turns, lots of human emotion and frailty, interesting topics discussed in an interesting way and after listening I really feel like I know the family and could recognise them in the street.
Nothing too gritty, gory, or disturbing, just thought provoking rather than thrills and chills and you certainly can read this on your own at night without getting jumpy and yet still a gentle whodunnit as well.
Who is lying, who is telling the truth and who really knows their family, boyfriends or best friends as well as they think they do? That is the question.
I will look out for this author again as I got into it easily and it kept me hooked and guessing and second guessing all the way to a satisfying end I thought it was very well written and translated with only a few quirks like Deer instead of Doe eyes and biking instead of cycling but overall this was quite charming and acted as a reminder that this was set in a foreign location.
So now I feel like I got back from a holiday in Sweden without any of the cost or travel.
Bonus!

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Story strong. Some performance irritating.

I loved this book - at least up until the mother speaks. So much emphasis on "doing anything to keep this family together" and very odd alignment between mother and daughter's best friend. It was such a disappointment after the great start and just became irritating after a while. The conclusion became obvious to early through the mother's narration, so no real twist. Athough I listened to the end, I'd lost sympathy for the characters and quite disliked them by then. Father: possessive of daughter who is wayward and unlikeable. Mother: annoying and whining.

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Everyone has a nearly normal family.

I loved this book.
It is in 4 sections with different narrators and differing viewpoints and no one knows what the others know. And we don't know quite everything at the end. But we can guess.
When the first narrator finished I was shouting no because I wanted them to continue but within minutes I was enthralled by the next narrator.
I listened to this in the car and sat outside the house, not wanting to stop listening.
I would recommend this book wholeheartedly and I am now looking for more books by M.T. Edwardsson.

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  • 02-07-19

Riveting Psychological Thriller

Highly recommended.

I found 'A Nearly Normal Family' because the NYT recommended it as one of the best summer reads. I wasn't disappointed. As a parent, it's a chilling read. We think we know our kids and we believe our lives are normal, but truth is subjective, isn't it? Loved the story. And the narration is excellent.

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  • Liz
  • 23-02-20

Rather slow moving

On the positive side this is a believable story with credible characters, many of whom are unlikeable! The slow revelation of each character’s personality is well done. The author manages to swing our sympathies by presenting each character’s point of view in different chapters. However I found it extremely slow moving, and increased the narration speed to 2x.
The narrators are excellent, with the exception of the female narrator’s odd pronunciation of ‘book’ as ‘berk’ and ‘good’ as ‘gerd’.