The Thirteen

The Thirteen

A Novel

Book - 2012
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"Desperate Housewives meets The Witches of Eastwick in this novel about a woman who returns with her teenage daughter to her childhood home, not knowing that she's stepped back into a community run by a group of witches"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Paperbacks, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062117663
Branch Call Number: FICTION Moloney 2012
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: 13 : a novel


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Levi_Hayes Oct 27, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It's not something I would go looking for, it was a buy from a used bookstore that I was selling books to. The concept was really interesting, though, and Moloney gives you just enough information as you go to make your own theories, dropping clues to make you re-think them as you go along until you get the whole picture. Even for adult fiction, it was a lot darker than I expected it to be, in a good way. Moloney keeps you guessing until almost the very end about whether or not Paula and Rowan will succeed or fail. The ending itself was slightly disappointing for me just because, with how dark some other elements of the story were, I was wondering if maybe she'd give a non-standard ending. Unfortunately she didn't, and the ending (before the epilogue) still has me wondering what exactly happened. I actually wouldn't have minded a sequel from Rowan's view to see what happens after.

BPLNextBestAdults Oct 16, 2012

There is a noticeable number of cats in Haven Woods. Maybe that is because this seemingly ordinary American suburb supports a coven of witches. Author Susie Moloney takes the reader into an intricate world of murder, deception, the dark arts and evil personified. Main character, coven leader Chick, is a woman in her 60s who has had enough. She has just buried her husband - a man she truly loved - and she feels incredibly guilty about something that the reader simply doesn’t know until further into the book. As a reader who learned about Chick and listened to her thoughts, I was amazed and chilled to the bone at the same time as she pulled out the Valium and a Zippo lighter. I don’t want to give the story away, but the coven is short of members and Chick will do anything to remedy the situation. The Thirteen will especially appeal to readers who enjoy the likes of Stephen King.


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