The Thirteen: A Novel

The Thirteen: A Novel

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by Susie Moloney
     
 

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“Like a gonzo, mirror-universe, occult version of The Stepford Wives, with a dash of Stephen King thrown in….A compellingly uncanny narrative.”
Globe and Mail

“A creepy-fun read, with characters ready-made for a Hollywood casting call.”
Maclean’s

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“Like a gonzo, mirror-universe, occult version of The Stepford Wives, with a dash of Stephen King thrown in….A compellingly uncanny narrative.”
Globe and Mail

“A creepy-fun read, with characters ready-made for a Hollywood casting call.”
Maclean’s

Desperate Housewives meets The Witches of Eastwick in Susie Moloney’s wonderfully creepy novel, The Thirteen. A paranormal thriller that blends contemporary suburban concerns and mores with the fiendishly supernatural, The Thirteen is the story of a woman who returns to her childhood home with her daughter, only to discover that the community is now run by a group of witches with nasty plans for the both of them. A wonderfully dark and original tale, The Thirteen will appeal to a wide range of readers—from fans of Laura Kasischke, Jennifer McMahon, Melissa De la Cruz, and Melissa Marr to anyone who has ever appreciated the delicious chills of Rosemary’s Baby.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Canadian author Moloney (The Dwelling) examines the price women will pay for their desires in this creepy visit to a contemporary suburbia inhabited by witches. The witches of Haven Woods have all made sacrifices to achieve their mortal desires: talented children, successful spouses, and career and physical goals. When the bond of the sisterhood begins to weaken after a member’s fiery death, Isadora Riley believes that the widowed daughter, Paula, and granddaughter, Rowan, of rebellious member Audra Wittmore hold the key to appeasing their dark master. Atmospheric details like the neighborhood spook house, numerous local cats, and the commonality of warding devices are anchored in the minutiae of everyday life. Sure to evoke comparisons to Fritz Leiber’s Conjure Wife, this evocative story will also appeal to fans of Kelley Armstrong’s early works. Agent: Daniel Lazar, Writers House. (Apr.)
The Globe and Mail
“Like a gonzo, mirror-universe, occult version of The Stepford Wives, with a dash of Stephen King thrown in ... A compellingly uncanny narrative, binding the tropes of small town paranoia and cliquishness with the chokehold of family obligations and religious fervour, and the very real claustrophobia of poverty and desperation.”
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“A creepy-fun read, with characters ready-made for a Hollywood casting call.”
Library Journal
Paula Wittmore was forced to leave the idyllic community of Haven Woods when she was just 16. Life has since been tough for her, now 28, and Rowan, her 12-year-old daughter. Things may be taking a turn for the better when Paula is summoned home to care for her ill mother. Paula and Rowan quickly learn that Haven Woods, where residents seem to have everything they could ever need or want, isn't as picture-perfect as it seems. The town has a dangerous dark side, one led by a circle of 12 sisters that is on the hunt for the 13th member to join their circle, and a human sacrifice is all that is needed to seal the deal. VERDICT An eerie blend of The Stepford Wives, The Witches of Eastwick, and Desperate Housewives. Moloney's fourth novel (after The Dwelling) features a cast of bewitching characters and a creepy story that will stick with the reader long afterward.—Amy M. Davis, Parmly Billings Lib., MT

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062117663
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/27/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
936,411
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.82(d)

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Meet the Author

Susie Moloney is the bestselling author of Bastion Falls, A Dry Spell, and The Dwelling. She has been published in numerous countries and assorted languages. She divides her time between the wilds of Canada and the wild world of New York City. She's not a witch, except maybe a little in the morning.

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