The Family at Number Thirteen by S. D. Monaghan

The Family at Number 13 by S.D. Monaghan
The Family at Number 13 

S.D. Monaghan (Goodreads Author)

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EXCERPT: I just love these family get-togethers. So much shared history. So many happy memories. You’re all such open books. No resentments. No secrets. All light and day. I love you both. I love being here. I can’t for the life of me think why Mum hates you, Aunty Mary. And it seems Brona does too. Silly Brona – doesn’t she know how to play this game?

ABOUT THIS BOOK: The most perfect lives can hide the darkest secrets…
Mary has everything. Beautiful and rich, she lives on an exclusive street in the heart of the city, in a house with gorgeous views and an immaculately maintained garden. Her life looks perfect.

But behind closed doors the truth is very different. Her husband Andrew barely speaks to her, spending his days down in the basement alone. Her teenage nephew is full of rage, lashing out with no warning. Her carefully constructed life is beginning to fall apart.

And then someone starts sending Mary anonymous notes, threatening her and her family…

Everyone has secrets. But is someone at number 13 hiding something that could put the whole family in danger?

MY THOUGHTS: After reading something like this, I thank God I never had sisters. S. D. Monaghan has captured the bitchy rivalry, the love hate relationship between these three sisters with an amazing accuracy. I recall seeing exactly these same dynamics, these same psychological games being played out between friends and their sisters and indeed they continue with them still, albeit on a more subtle level. But while these three may profess to hate one another, an emotion covered by the thin veneer of civility, there is still that belief, that hope, that deep down they still love one another and have one another’s backs.

The fact that there are three sisters adds a whole nother dimension to the dynamics. For these three can never form an equilateral triangle, although each of them feels hard done by, resentful and/ or envious of the others and, at some point, left out. And each of them harbors a secret. Is it the same secret? Or is one secret somewhat deadlier than the others? A secret that just may drive one of them to the edge of insanity.

Add into this mix a supporting cast of less than reliable men with their own set of problems, including a highly intelligent but equally unstable teenager, and you have all the ingredients for a compelling page turner.

I liked this clever psychological-thriller. None of the characters are particularly likeable, captivating but definitely not likeable. Monaghan keeps the unpredictable plot moving along at a mostly good pace and throws in a few curve balls for good measure. I was never quite sure where this book was heading and there was enough mystery and suspense to keep me turning the pages late into the night.

Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Family at Number Thirteen by S. D. Monaghan for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

6 thoughts on “The Family at Number Thirteen by S. D. Monaghan”

  1. I was waiting to see your reaction to this, glad you liked it, although it’s kind of hard to say you like a book like this, but it was compelling, right? Fabulous review!💜

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  2. I haven’t read this one, but I had similar thoughts about his first book. Certainly has his own style. Great review Sandy!

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