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A Nearly Normal Family: A Novel (original 2019; udgave 2020)

af M.T. Edvardsson (Forfatter), Rachel Willson-Broyles (Oversætter)

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"...A compulsively readable tour de force." --The Wall Street Journal New York Times Book Review recommends M.T. Edvardsson'sA NearlyNormal 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'sA 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?… (mere)
Medlem:Mike_B
Titel:A Nearly Normal Family: A Novel
Forfattere:M.T. Edvardsson (Forfatter)
Andre forfattere:Rachel Willson-Broyles (Oversætter)
Info:Celadon Books (2020), 400 pages
Samlinger:Read
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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A Nearly Normal Family af M. T. Edvardsson (2019)

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    En god far af Noah Hawley (pdebolt)
    pdebolt: A father convinced his son is not guilty of a crime.
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Mom, dad, daughter. The perfect family. Until daughter is accused of murder. How is this possible when daughter has been raised to be such a good person? Or has she?
A pretty decent letter mystery story with a few twists along the way. The story is told in three points of view - mom, dad, and daughter. The ending was surprising. It was not what I expected at all. I look forward to more from M. T. Edvardsson. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 15, 2021 |
Mom, dad, daughter. The perfect family. Until daughter is accused of murder. How is this possible when daughter has been raised to be such a good person? Or has she?
A pretty decent letter mystery story with a few twists along the way. The story is told in three points of view - mom, dad, and daughter. The ending was surprising. It was not what I expected at all. I look forward to more from M. T. Edvardsson. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 15, 2021 |
Also one I was not able to finish because I ran out of vacation time - the idea was interesting, and this may be a translation problem, but I did not find the switch between the different voices convincing. Nevertheless, a normal family gets wrapped up into a murder, only to discover that maybe they are not that normal after all. ( )
  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
Stella lives the preacher's-daughter cliché to the full, a teenager who has been in every possible sort of minor trouble, from smoking pot to crashing her parents' car while driving underage. She seems to be overdoing things a little, however, when she gets arrested for murder a week after her eighteenth birthday. But what, exactly, has happened: did she actually kill millionaire playboy (yes, really: they still have those in Lund in the 21st century, it seems) Chris Olsen?

Edvardsson uses the old dodge of dividing the book between three successive narrators, who each tell us a slightly different version of the story, so that we are made to guess that (at least) one of the three must be doing a Roger Ackroyd. It's all very cleverly set up, and it has a nice American-style courtroom-drama climax. Stella's father, Adam, is a clergyman; her mother, Ulrika, a lawyer. Both are pushed into uncomfortable dilemmas of professional ethics by their need to protect their daughter. There is a very up-to-date theme of sexual violence and the difficulties women face in bringing male aggression to light, as well, even if Edvardsson doesn't seem to have anything very surprising to say about this.

Where the book seems to fall down a little is in the balance between the three narrators. Stella and Ulrika are both interesting, unpredictable and witty characters; Adam isn't, he's dull and humourless, has difficulties in expressing his feelings, is sent off the rails by his monomania about proving Stella's innocence, and clearly isn't much liked by the author. Which is unfortunate, given that his first-person narration takes up the first 40% of the book and has to do all the spade-work of telling us who these people are and what has happened to them. I suspect a lot of readers will give up before they get to the Stella section.

Obviously it's also risky trying to transfer the courtroom-drama device to the Swedish civil-law system, where all the drama is supposed to happen long before the case ever gets to court. Even without being familiar with Swedish procedure, it is fairly obvious that Edvardsson must be cheating a little here, but he just about gets away with it...

Not a riveting masterpiece, but a perfectly competent page-turner with some very good bits in it. ( )
  thorold | Dec 29, 2020 |
I enjoyed the section from the father's point of view, but after that it began to drag and by the end I was just skimming it. None of the characters were likeable and I lost interest in which were psychopaths, liars, stalkers, or murderers. ( )
  pgchuis | Nov 18, 2020 |
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"...A compulsively readable tour de force." --The Wall Street Journal New York Times Book Review recommends M.T. Edvardsson'sA NearlyNormal 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'sA 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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