The Thirteen: A Novel

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Haven Woods is suburban heaven, a great place to raise a family. It's close to the city, quiet, with great schools and its own hospital right up the road. Property values are climbing, and the crime rate is practically nonexistent.

Paula Wittmore hasn't been back to Haven Woods since she left as a disgraced teenager. Now she's returning to care for her suddenly ailing mother, and she's bringing her daughter and a pile of emotional baggage. She's also bringing, unknowingly, the ...

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Overview

Haven Woods is suburban heaven, a great place to raise a family. It's close to the city, quiet, with great schools and its own hospital right up the road. Property values are climbing, and the crime rate is practically nonexistent.

Paula Wittmore hasn't been back to Haven Woods since she left as a disgraced teenager. Now she's returning to care for her suddenly ailing mother, and she's bringing her daughter and a pile of emotional baggage. She's also bringing, unknowingly, the last chance for her mother's closest frenemies . . . twelve women bound together by a powerful secret that requires the sacrifice of a thirteenth.

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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.”
Maclean's
“A creepy-fun read, with characters ready-made for a Hollywood casting call.”
Maclean's
"A creepy-fun read, with characters ready-made for a Hollywood casting call."
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."
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: 3/27/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,362,752
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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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  • Posted August 25, 2011

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    Not the greatest

    Ohhhhh. I wanted to like this one. I really did. When I read what this book was about, I immediately went to take it out of the library and giggled with glee as I didn't have to put it on hold or anything. It did have it's great moments! I was all ready for a really nice dark gothy read! I loved the idea of a cat filled town (furbabies!!!) where things aren't what they seem. The town had a nice dark theme to it, almost akin to Witches of Eastwick mixed with Stepford Wives theme. So that in itself was great. Audra's curse was great! I thought that was really interesting and fun to read. It's most certainly a well descriptive curse.

    Each of the 'witches' and what they wished for was also interesting, but of course everything comes at a price. When things do get messy, the consequences are severe. This was also fun to read - especially when they all go into a panic. The panic gets contagious and they're suddenly resembling frantic chickens.

    Then...the story itself just falls apart.

    What is it with this dogs vs cats theme? that really bugged me. It really played on that a little too much and the old adage of cats being the 'witches familiar' is really really old. That bugged me because I knew in the long run in this book, that there was going to be a mass killing of cats somewhere along the line. Oh for crying out loud. Seriously? we're still writing about how evil they are and that dogs are every body's best friend and the champions against the dark witchcraft magic. Have we suddenly gone Middle Ages all over again? the animal cruelty (both for dogs and cats) was not necessary and this dogs vs cats thing was silly.

    Let's now talk about Rowan. She was all right. For a while. Until the story starts in her point of view. Then we get writing like this:

    "No one answered it of course, until
    (another weirdo)
    the nurse Tula came down the hall"

    WHY were her thoughts written this way??!!! WHY??? not only did this interrupt the flow of the story but it was very distracting and haphazard to read. It was so disruptive, it was almost as if these thoughts were interrupting the book itself. It made for very annoying reading.

    Finally, we go to a chase scene, where it was going at least in a circle three times and it made the reading redundant and the last scene of the book felt so long to play out because of this. Although it was rather exciting to read, as the chase started getting longer, it started getting absurd.

    This was certainly a book you can pass on. I expected so much more and it ended up falling short. It's definitely not what I was hoping for.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Just bought the book, and I'm really enjoying it. It's giving th

    Just bought the book, and I'm really enjoying it. It's giving thrills and chills,and it's getting good by the page. I er omen to to people who loves thrills and chills to there reading? I love so much, I can not put it down at all?

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    Posted October 14, 2012

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