A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson

What would you do if your child was accused of murder? What would you do to protect them? And would you really want to know the truth? The story unfolds via three narrators: Stella, accused of murder and feeling like her parents don’t understand her or what she’s capable of; her mother, a prosecutor who knows just how damning the evidence against Stella is; and her father, a man of the cloth who will do anything to keep up the veneer of the perfect family.

This was an interesting story and I liked the different perspectives, which allowed the reader to see the truth unfold, one tiny morsel at a time. I really didn’t warm to Stella at all, and found her manipulative and petulant. Stella seemed to be in the middle of toxic relationships all around, and I’m on the fence as to how much I could forgive any of those surrounding her for how they behaved.

I enjoyed the narration of this story, which was translated by Rachel Wilson-Broyles, particularly the narrator who handled Stella’s character. I found it a bit strange at first having three separate narrators and I’m not sure if that hindered my engagement with the story however I gradually grew accustomed to it.

This is a thought-provoking tale of how appearances can be deceiving, and what happens when our boundaries become blurred.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.