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#BookReview A Nearly Normal Family By M. T. Edvardsson 

511i26gcIEL.jpgPublisher: Macmillan
ISBN13: 9781529008128
Genre:  Domestic Thrillers
Release date: 11 07 2019
Price*: Kindle £7.99 (GBP)/  Hardback £8.62 (GBP)
Kindle $N/A (USD)/ Hardback $15.89 (USD)
Pages: ~ 480
My rating: 8/10
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What I learned from this book: That parents turn blind when it comes to their children’s behaviour.

Description of the book: 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.

How this book made me feel: I picked up this book at London’s Book Fair, and was very excited to read it because of its very promising blurb, as well as the great praise. 🙂

As it is said in the blurb, this book is told from three different perspectives: father, daughter, and mother, all three are sharing their sides to this story. The father’s part was the least interesting to me, he sounds quite boring and not very eventful. We do find out some interesting aspects of their life, but otherwise, he mainly seems lost and confused. The daughter’s part was the most interesting to me, we have the chance to see what the accused murderer is actually thinking, and what was her take on the life she is living. This part shines a different light on her father and other very important events. The mother’s part was the most logical one, I believe. She is a lawyer, so she knows how to deal with evidence. I liked her side of the story and the thoughts she shared from her life. The characters are well developed and intriguing, but sometimes some of their thoughts about “I need to save my daughter, it wasn’t her” felt repetitive and overused.

The narrative of this book keeps changing, depending on the characters views, and that was what got me going throughout the book. We do find out some spicy and interesting details throughout each part, that makes this book deeper and more personal. If you ever have read Nordic Noir, most probably you noticed, that this genre has a specific feeling about it. It normally involves exotic names, woods and coldness. This book for some reason managed to avoid that feeling. It is a Scandi Noir and it does have those exotic names of the places, but this book feels modern and doesn’t have this gloominess surrounding it. 😀 I really liked all the twists and turns this book had to offer as well.

The book is set in Lund, Sweden, and the setting doesn’t really change much. I really enjoyed the writing style of this book. The author made this book flow by starting quite calmly and finishing with turns, twists and uncovered secrets, he knew how to keep the reader interested. The chapters are very short, and the pages just fly by. I really loved the ending of this book, it left me very satisfied with the outcome of this situation.

So, to conclude, it was a well written and delivered Nordic family drama, filled with complex characters, twisty and constantly changing plot, that kept me interested throughout the book. If you are looking for a fresh approach to Scandi Noir, I would recommend this book strongly, I hope you will give it a go and will enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂

Thank You for Your time! ❤

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71FX7Gv2PGL._US230_.jpgAbout the author: M. T. Edvardsson is a writer and teacher from Trelleborg, Sweden. The author of three previous novels and two books for young readers. Edvardsson lives in Löddeköpinge, Sweden.

Twitter: @Mattiasedvard

 

*-the price was taken from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com on the current date. The price might change at the time of your purchase. The links used in this post for book purchases are affiliates.

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