A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson

A Nearly Normal Family

M.T. Edvardsson’s A 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 ...

Details A Nearly Normal Family

TitleA Nearly Normal Family
Release DateJun 25th, 2019
PublisherCeladon Books
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Reviews A Nearly Normal Family

  • Tammy
    Celadon should be to commercial fiction what Kleenex is to tissue. In other words, this imprint should be a brand name. I haven’t read everything they’ve published but what I have read has been outstanding. These folks know what they’re doing. A Nearly Normal Family is not your average legal thriller. There is a murder, a trial and we don’t know who-dun-it but the family dynamics play an even greater role. The story is told in three parts...
  • Kaceey
    This book just didn’t work-out for me the way I‘d hoped. I read some fantastic reviews and was anxious to dig into this one, but for some reason it just never “clicked “with me. Stella is seventeen and enjoying as much time as possible with her best friend Amina. Their carefree days are growing short as they both begin the journey into adulthood. Stella is off to Asia for her trip of a lifetime, while Amina plans to start medical school. ...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Book of the Month choice for June 20193-3.5 STARSI can see why this slow burning legal thriller is garnering loads of hype; it's the perfect example of a steady building of suspense that explodes into a tantalizing climax that, for my part anyway, I didn't quite see coming. Based on this alone, I would whole-heartedly recommend this book to readers searching for a substantial thriller full of meaty characterization and deep introspection into fam...
  • Felicia
    ______"What is a lie? Just as there are different sorts of truths, there must be different sorts of lies. White lies, for example - I've never shied away from those. Better a kind lie than a hurtful truth, I've always thought. But of course, this was different."This is a complex multi-layered domestic drama that kept me chewing my cuticles until the very end. Every character in this book is lying.A pastor and fatherA lawyer and motherTheir teen d...
  • Susanne Strong
    3.5 Stars* (rounded down) When you live with Dysfunction, you become Dysfunction. Just ask the Sandells. They have it down pat. When Stella a teenager, is arrested for the murder of a successful businessman, parents Ulrika and Adam are beside themselves. Adam is a Pastor whose whole life has been based on honesty. His daughter’s arrest shakes his belief system to the core. Ulrika is an Attorney. The law is everything to her and success has alwa...
  • Katie B
    I can't get enough of family dramas and this was one of the better ones I have read recently. I thought the family dynamics were fascinating and the mystery of whether the daughter was innocent or guilty easily sustained my interest.Stella Sandell is 18 years old and is accused of murdering a man. Stella's father is a pastor and her mother is a defense attorney and both are struggling with the realization their daughter could be found guilty of t...
  • Holly B
    A murder mystery, some courtroom drama and a family trying to hold it together. Set in a Swedish city, a respectable family of three - Adam, a pastor, his wife- Ulrika who is a defense attorney and their 18 y/o daughter, Stella. They are about to hit the worst speed bump in their lives. Stella is arrested for murder.Absolutely loved the narrative that gave the perspective from all three family members. We learn some secrets from their past, how t...
  • Linda
    Whose truth is nothing but the truth?M.T. Edvardsson presents a heavy domestic drama wrapped around the Sandell family. From all indications this is a small, compact little family of Adam, Ulrika, and Stella. As the layers are peeled back, there's quite a bit beneath the surface.Edvardsson sets his story down within the town of Lund in Sweden. There's a definite pendulum that swings back and forth in regard to their ever changing identities. Adam...
  • Paromjit
    MT Edvardsson writes a compelling psychological thriller in the dark and disturbing Scandi-Noir tradition which gives the reader insights into Swedish law. Set in the small Swedish city of Lund, a highly respectable and upstanding local family, Adam, a Church of Sweden pastor, his wife, Ulrika, an ambitious go getting criminal defense lawyer, are horrified and shocked when their strong willed, volatile teenage daughter, Stella, is arrested on sus...
  • Theresa Alan
    I enjoyed this novel, which is part family drama, part crime mystery. The book opens from the first-person perspective of the father, who is a pastor. His eighteen-year-old daughter is being accused of murdering a man fifteen years her senior. Stella has always been Daddy’s little girl, even if she has been difficult these last few years. The second part of the novel is told from the POV of Stella, who is waiting for trial in prison. She’d al...
  • Amanda
    Adam and Ulrika seem like a normal family, trying to bring up their teenage daughter Stella to know right from wrong. When Stella is arrested on suspicion of killing Chris Olsen,it comes as a shock to Adam a pastor, who is respected by the community and his hard working Lawyer wife Ulrika.Quote “It takes a long time to build a life, but only an instant for it to crumble.”This story is told from the points of view both the parents and Stella. ...
  • Nadia
    'It takes a long time to build a life, but only an instant for it to crumble.' Stella's parents, Pastor Adam and defence attorney Ulrika, struggle to keep their eighteen year old daughter Stella within set boundaries. Stella is a force of nature and always does what she wants. Her biggest dream is to go backpacking in Asia after the school finishes in a few months. The dreams are shattered when Stella comes home in the middle of the night with a ...
  • marilyn
    I felt so many things as I read A Nearly Normal Family. The parents of eighteen year old Stella are professionals, with dad Adam being a well respected pastor and mom Ulrika being an attorney. Stella has always been her own person, more likely to rebel against what she is told or is expected of her than to do the right thing. Over the years, as Stella has acted out and rebelled, her parents have tended to make excuses for her or play down her mis...
  • Esil
    A high 4 stars!It’s always hard to find crime fiction that is clever, original and not too violent. A Nearly Normal Family hit the mark for me. It’s somewhat of a courtroom drama but much of the story goes back in time and outside the courtroom. The story takes place in Sweden and focuses on 18 year old Stella and her parents. At the beginning of the book, Stella is accused of murdering a man in his 30s. The story is told in three parts, from...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Oh, this was fun! I was gripped from the first couple sentences. Be ready for a slow, compelling burn! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ The question throughout A Nearly Normal Family is if your loved one were in trouble, just how far would you go to protect her? Stella is a teenager living with her parents, a pastor and a lawyer. They’d have to be on the up-and-up due to their work, right? Well, Stella is accused of murdering a man fifteen years older than her...
  • Kim ~ Traveling Sister
    A gripping courtroom drama that will have you asking yourself- what would you do? How far would you go to protect your family? Would you compromise every single thing you believe in?There really was not a lot that is "nearly normal" with this family. They start out as the picture perfect family of three. Adam- the husband and father whom is a pastor. Ulrika- the wife, mom and defense attorney. Stella the 18 year old daughter who is gearing up to ...
  • Michelle
    4 StarsBe patient through the first section because this ABSOLUTELY pays off. M.T. Edvardsson absolutely knocks it out of the park with this debut family drama/legal thriller. The lives of the Sandell family are about to change forever. Adam and Ulrika are desperate to find a way to save their daughter, Stella, who has been charged with the murder of Christopher Olsen. Each family member is hiding something about that night and ultimately it coul...
  • SheLovesThePages
    -Description-We have our Nearly Normal Family, and the story is told from each of their perspectives-Adam (a pastor-kinda), Ulrika (a lawyer), and their daughter Stella. It’s Stella’s 18th Birthday and shortly after her parents get the call that she has been arrested for murder of a man they have never heard of.-Thoughts-1. I love stories told from various points of view. This one did not disappoint. These were 3 very specific, very different...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    3.45 so it cannot rounded up 4 , stays as 3 (I’m merciless grader, if I would be a real teacher, my students could detest my guts!) psychological, legal, who is innocent, whodunit, why all the characters are so irritating stars! Firstly I wanna confess that I adore Swedish and Scandinavia thrillers so much. I think it’s all about the geography, the hard conditions of the weather create harsher, tougher, quick thinker, merciless people who are...
  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    3.5 StarsReally interesting story one I wasn't expecting to appreciate as much as I actually did,So first this is a Swedish translation which I didn't realise before starting and am not usually a fan of.To be honest, I didn't really notice and It affected my overall enjoyment not one bit: this has been translated really well.So this had quite an unusual story format and it is split into three parts The Father, The Daughter and lastly The Mother.O...
  • Mandy White
    Wow! I have heard so much about this book - mostly good. I feared that it would not live up to the hype - I need not have worried - I absolutely loved this book! It was very clever, different and so well written. I could imagine watching this as a mini series on Netflix. I was sucked into the plot from the get go and right until that last word I was invested. The characters were real, flawed, emotional and believable. It was a quick read and I se...
  • Julie Parks
    Welcome to small-town Sweden, one of the safest prospects of bringing up a daughter. Right? Wrong. Sometimes the biggest evil hides exactly where you not only never look, but where your common sense dictates there's no way it could be hiding.This book is not only a fantastic reminder of a common crime that people like to only appoint to some third world countries (sadly, including the US) but also a brilliantly atmospheric journey through family ...
  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
    The author did a great job of telling the same story, but from 3 very different point of views... where whoever the narrator was, they didn't consider themselves the problem but blamed the other two in the family.I'm guessing it's because this book was translated, but the writing/story just didn't flow easily. It was still a good book with a good story that definitely kept me interested, it just felt a little "choppy." And while none of the chara...
  • Gram
    This unusual crime novel features 3 possibly unreliable narrators - a father and mother and their 18 year old daughter Stella. The story is written from the point of view of all three. Father Adam is a pastor of The Church of Sweden and his wife Ulrika is a lawyer. Stella is a real wild child who shocks family and friends alike when she is arrested for murder. Adam is a seemingly well respected man who we soon learn is a self-righteous so-and-so ...
  • Carolyn
    I want to extend thanks to NetGalley and Celadon Books for this thought-provoking ARC. Classified as a psychological thriller/legal drama it is above all an intense probe into dysfunctional family dynamics. An 18-old girl, Stella, has been charged with the murder of a 32-year-old wealthy businessman, rumoured to be of disreputable reputation. Her parents consider themselves to be a normal family of upper-middle-class status and are concerned abo...
  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    I absolutely loved everything about this book. The authors writing was amazing and I enjoyed how it was split into three sections with three point of views. The book opens with the father Adam whose a pastor discussing how the family is like any other family. He’s finally feels closer to his wife Ulrika and they just celebrated their daughter Stella turning eighteen. Their relationship hasn’t always been easy Stella has discovered her freedom...
  • Laura (lauralovestoread) Gelinas
    3-3.5 stars for A Nearly Normal Family!This was a slow building legal suspense that I would more accurately describe as family drama suspense. I enjoyed the different perspectives from each of the family members, and I was holding on tight just waiting for this big AH HA moment to take effect. Yes there was a twist, but not what I was expecting.I liked how the roles were switched, as we see the Father with more empathy and worry for his daughter,...
  • Laura Rash
    I really enjoyed this one! Alternating POV and time periods kept it moving quickly. I enjoyed the courtroom drama and the almost backwards telling of the night of the crime. A quick paced fantastic read!
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    I received this ARC from BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review!DNF at pg. 162I wanted to like this book, but, really, it just didn't happen. For one, the father's perspective so annoyed me. I don't understand how you can be so ignorant about your child when there are multiple signs staring you in the face. It also was very religious. I know the father was a pastor, but I didn't expect to be beaten over the head about God and faith in God ...