Nineteen-year-old Stella 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 defence 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 Familyasks the questions: How well do you know your own children? How far would you go to protect them?
Well hello there, slow burning murder mystery thriller!
One thing I love the most about any thriller really, is the suspense and slow burning story building. A nearly normal family didn’t disappoint in that aspect.
From the synopsis we see that nineteen-year-old Stella has been accused of murdering a wealthy older man. But why?
A nearly normal family goes through three points of views, first from her father Adam, then Stella herself and finally her mother Ulrika.
We see how Stella’s parents portray her as an out of control teenager, which I feel most parents say about their own children at one point in time.
Stella portrays her parents, more so her father Adam as over protective and not allowing her to do her own thing and live her own life. Sound familiar a little? It’s all the love hate relationship I think most of us have had with our parents one time or another.
And while Ulrika’s part of the story is mostly based around Stella’s trial, we go back and forth from the present to the past, to see how Ulrika had her own problems and issues, like her marriage and motherhood, and feeling a little left out and unloved compared to a strongly built relationship that was made between Adam and Stella.
As usual I don’t want to spoil this for anyone who hasn’t had the chance to read it yet, because we all know how much that sucks.
There are so many twists and turns and I couldn’t even figure out who done it, or why until the end when everything was finally out in the open. And the secrets! Oh so many!! But as always, there is always more than one side to every story and secrets always have a way of coming out.
If I had one negative about this, it would be that I felt that Adam’s part was just a little too long and I felt like I didn’t get enough but I got to much at the same time and at times it felt a little dragged out.
You will continue to question what is happening and be kept waiting until the end. An on the edge of your seat murder mystery thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed and am glad to have been able to spend time reading.
A huge thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me a finished copy of A Nearly Normal Family in exchange for an honest review.
Until next time, happy reading!!