A Nearly Normal Family: A Novel

“…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?


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Anonymous on August 8, 2019 at 12:06 AM.

It’s anything but nearly normal and that is what makes it so good. In need of a legal thriller that will keep you on the edge of your reading chair? Well, then. M.T. Edvardsson’s novel A NEARLY NORMAL FAMILY will do you just fine. The author has written a wildly crafty story, told from three points of view, about a father, who is a pastor, and mother, who is a criminal defense attorney, whose relationship is just this side of odd and while they love their teenage daughter dearly, you will get a glimpse of her shortcomings and erratic behavior, which will then…

Anonymous on August 8, 2019 at 12:35 AM.

A family drama trying to be Nordic noir. I know I complained before about the lack of truly summery weather, but seriously y’all, WHERE IS SUMMER?? How am I supposed to read in the pool, or drink vodka on the patio, or do whatever else people do when they go outside (not super clear on that)?I seriously want a do-over. This is road apples (keepin’ it clean for the Amazon censors).There is one thing that was OK about this lousy weather though, and it’s that as I was reading A Nearly Normal Family, with its rich…