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Friday, April 20, 2012

The Thirteen by Susie Moloney

The Thirteen
by Susie Moloney
RWilliam Morrow
ISBN: 978-0-06-211766-3
Buy from Indigo

Description: Haven Woods is suburban heaven, a great place to raise a family. It's close to the city, quiet, with great schools and its own hospital right up the road. Property values are climbing, and the crime rate is practically nonexistent.

Paula Wittmore hasn't been back to Haven Woods since she left as a disgraced teenager. Now she's returning to care for her suddenly ailing mother, and she's bringing her daughter and a pile of emotional baggage. She's also bringing, unknowingly, the last chance for her mother's closest frenemies . . . twelve women bound together by a powerful secret that requires the sacrifice of a thirteenth.

The Good Stuff
  • Absolutely loved the dogs in this one, they had so much personality
  • Very dark and suspenseful
  • Fabulous character development for Marla, a character that could easily have been a caricature
  • Quite a few on the edge of your seat moments
  • Some nice humour added in just the right spots, made me want to pick up other books by the author for this alone
  • Fabulous cover - that chick really gives you the creeps!
  • Satisfying ending
  • Rowan and Paula were likeable characters, would have rather had the story only told from their point of view - think it would have been a far tighter story that way
  • The description from Goodreads really says it all ""Desperate Housewives" meets "The Witches of Eastwick"
    The Not So Good Stuff
  • Think that author has a hate on for cats LOL!
  • A little too much animal and child nastiness for me personally - I'm a wee bit sensitive when children or animals are tortured
  • Jumps around a little and I was very confused at times about what was going on -- now this could also be because I am exhausted from lack of sleep and stress - so take this comment with a grain of salt
  • Way too many character point of views
  • Its uneven and I was very frustrated with how stupid some of the characters were in terms of their actions - really you didn't notice that no one else was in the hospital and than did nothing about it when you did find out
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"She stared at Glory sprawled on the grass, her mouth open in horror, then looked at the doll in her hand. It was covered in blood to the knees. Murder-Weapon Barbie."

"It was big news and it got around fast; even in those days before Twitter and Facebook, everyone seemed to know."

"There were really so many: shoes, lunch out, slow and quiet lovemaking in the morning, a glass of wine when you were cooking, fresh laundry, a laugh -
A person didn't need much. Not really. She wished she'd known that sooner."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Those looking for a fun, spooky story with witches
  • Good beach read
3.5 Dewey's


I received this from William Morrow  in exchange for an honest review

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