Sunday, April 22, 2012

Review - The Thirteen

The Thirteen
BY: Susie Moloney
PUBLISHED BY: William Morrow
ISBN: 978-0-06-211766-3
Pages: 330

    After being fired from her waitress job at a strip club, Paula Wittmore is notified that her mother has taken ill. She packs up her bags along with her teenage daughter, Rowan, and returns to her home town, a suburban called Haven Woods. Everything may look normal there, but Haven Woods has dark secrets at every corner, including several strange deaths and apparent suicides.

    Returning home is putting Paula on an emotional rollercoaster as she reunites with some of her childhood friends, not to mention her mother’s strange frenemies - twelve women bound by terrible secrets that requires a thirteen to be sacrificed.

    I have seen other bloggers post about the Thirteen, and when I saw it on at my local library I had to check it out. It’s an incarnation of The Stepford Wives and the short lived ABC series The Gates. The main character, Paula, is your typical prodigal child coming back to her hometown, in this case she is returning, with her daughter that she had when she was in her teens, to her hometown to take care of her mother, Audra’s - who is part of a coven. The narrative does have that satire feeling to it, and I felt that the book was boring midway through. All the characters are interesting and the dialogue was crafted well. The Thirteen wasn’t the best read, but it was mostly entertaining. 

About the author: 

Susie Moloney is the best-selling author of Bastion Falls, A Dry Spell, and The Dwelling. She has been published in numerous countries and assorted languages. She divides her time between the wilds of Canada and the wild world of New York City. She’s not a witch, except maybe a little in the morning. Visit her website at

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