My Rating ~ Four and a half stars
RELEASED: 25 June 2019
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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 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 Familyasks the questions: How well do you know your own children? How far would you go to protect them?
Thankyou to Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me with a copy of A Nearly Normal Family in exchange for an honest review.
Whoa. If you’re looking for a new murder mystery / legal drama that will keep you guessing until the very end, this is it!
Stella is a rebellious teenager, who has always suffered some anger management issues. Rebelling against her Pastor father and lawyer mother has become the norm, but when the call comes to say Stella has been arrested for murder, could she really be a killer? There is evidence that sends thoughts of doubt through her parents’ minds, so how far will they go to protect her, and will they be able to piece together what really happened that night?
This story is told in 3 parts – The Father, The Daughter and The Mother. I loved getting to read the three points of view, and the way it was written meant it wasn’t repetitive. Entirely new parts of the story were revealed around not only the night in question, but before and after as well. There were side stories from Stella’s past intertwined with the current timeline, which really added to putting together a profile of who she was, and who she had become.
I read this almost 500 page book in one day, because I just couldn’t stand not knowing how it was all going to turn out. The mystery was so intriguing and there was such an underlying feeling of suspense throughout the whole book. Every character was well rounded out and I felt like all of their personalities were slowly revealed over the course of the story, even the secondary characters like Stella’s best friend’s parents.
I’d highly recommend this one for a captivating thriller you won’t want to put down!