A Gripping Scandinavian Thriller A Nearly Normal Family By M.T. Edvardsson

A Gripping Scandinavian Thriller: A Nearly Normal Family By M. T. Edvardsson

A Nearly Normal Family by M. T. Edvardsson is a new Scandinavian page-turner that, as NY Times critic puts it, “forces the reader to confront the compromises we make with ourselves to be the people we believe our beloveds expect.”

This gripping legal thriller encourages 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.

In A Nearly Normal Family, 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?

Mr. Edvardsson has written a well-written story, told from three points of views. In fact, one of the fascinations of this novel is comparing and contrasting these different views. Readers don’t arrive at the definitive answer until the end of the book, so the story keeps pulling the reader along.


M. T. Edvardsson is an author and teacher from Trelleborg, Sweden. He is the author of three previous novels and two books for young readers in Sweden. He lives with his family in Löddeköpinge, Sweden.


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