The Thirteen

The Thirteen

eBook - 2011
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The Witches of Eastwick meets Desperate Housewives in Susie Moloney's The Thirteen, a Globe and Mail Best Book.

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. The streets are clean, people keep their yards really nicely. It's fairly pet friendly, though barking dogs are not welcomed. The crime rate is practically non-existent, unless you count the odd human sacrifice, dismemberment, animal attack, demon rape and blood atonement. When Paula Wittmore goes home to Haven Woods to care for a suddenly ailing mother, she brings her daughter and a pile of emotional baggage. She also brings the last chance for twelve of her mother's closest frenemies, who like to keep their numbers at thirteen. And her daughter, young, innocent, is a worthy gift to the darkness.

A circle of friends will support you through bad times. A circle of witches can drag you through hell.

Publisher: Random House of Canada

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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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