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The Thirteen: A Novel by Susie Moloney

The Thirteen: A Novel (original 2011; edition 2012)

by Susie Moloney

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Title:The Thirteen: A Novel
Authors:Susie Moloney
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2012), Edition: Original, Paperback, 336 pages
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The Thirteen: A Novel by Susie Moloney (2011)



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This was great fun - very cinematic, nicely creepy, solidly plotted through and through without any of those cop-out endings you so often get in horror novels. I liked pretty much all the characters, even Izzy, who's not a likeable person to be sure but is a pretty great coven leader. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Jul 21, 2015 |
Two catch phrases ascribed to this book are “The Witches of Eastwick meets Desperate Housewives” and “A circle of friends will support you through bad times. A circle of witches can drag you through hell.” With that kind of advertising this book seemed right up my alley … reading wise. The reality of it all … not so much!

Haven Woods seems like the perfect, picturesque little town. Perfect houses, perfect lives, almost perfect everything. We meet the town “clique”, thirteen women who seem to have the perfect lives. Everything they have ever wished for. Until one of them goes off the rails and commits suicide, not all of a sudden nothing is so perfect anymore. As these women try to restore order to their lives by bringing their number back to the magical thirteen the reader begins to understand why their lives are so perfect. It seems everything comes at a cost, even if that cost is family.

As I stated earlier this is the kind of book I would normally enjoy but unfortunately I did not. I found the characters to be a little cliché, the situations (particularly near then end of the book) seemed almost cartoon like and the end of the book, which should have been the “big scene”, was just boring.

I have read Ms. Maloney’s The Dry Spell, which I thought was really original and enthralling. I am sorry to say that I cannot repeat those words about The Thirteen.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
I read about this book first in the Book Page that the library gets. I thought it sounded interesting so I put it on hold. The cover art was beautiful. The story was weird. It was written in such a way that I wasn't 100% sure what exactly was going on until almost half the book was read. It was also written in a way I didn't care for. It was almost like little thought bubbles should have popped up on certain pages so you knew you were reading something that was solely in the characters head.

The characters were pretty good, some were more developed than others. Since there were 13 woman I would have to liked to know more about the ones that were in the group, you got like a general gloss over but the author made such a big deal about sacrifices that I wanted to know what exactly everyone gave up.

Also it ended abruptly. I realize that there has to be a climax but there was more to the story that I felt she needed to tie up at the end.

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  PrescottKris | Jan 26, 2015 |
Originally posted on my blog: The Bibliophile's Corner

Cover Talk: Look at those eyes! And those cheek bones. This woman is freaking beautiful. Seriously, I picked up the book because of the cover and then bought it because it was about witches. And it’s called The Thirteen. I am a wee obsessed with the number 13.

First Impressions: “A circle of friends can get you through anything. A circle of witches can drag you through hell.” ‘nough said.

First Few Chapters: The very first chapter is a suicide. It’s pretty gruesome actually and it sucked me in. I could not put this book down. In the first handful of chapters, we are introduced to just about every character and ever member of the circle. There are definitely some crazies in this book.

Characters: Paula is a young mother just trying to make ends meet for her and her daughter. She takes shit jobs, puts up with douchey bosses, and doesn’t get paid all that well. I found her character to be very interesting. She has so much emotional baggage that is directly tied to her childhood home. And unfortunately, she is forced to face it all when she gets a call about her sick mother.

Rowen is my favorite character. Just entering the first stages of puberty, she has the best personality. She is self-sufficient, sarcastic, and pretty mature for her age. She also has a wonderful bullshit radar and can spot a fake person in a second. I do wish that she would have spoke up more to her mom, especially when it came to not trusting her mom’s “friends.”

Audra, Paula’s mother, was one of the first to join the group with Izzy. Throughout the majority of this book, she is trapped in the hospital because of Izzy’s curse type thing. If anyone betrays the group, the turn into a Judas donkey. Yeah…

Izzy is the leader of the crazies, I mean witches. And I have to say, part of me felt really bad for her, but the other part of me thought that she got exactly what she deserved by the end.

As for the rest of the characters that make up the witchy group, they all creeped me out. I personally cannot fathom why these people did what they did to have their dreams and wants come true. While some had noble reasons, such as curing their kids, there were the vain reasons too: losing weight, getting lots of sex, and being beautiful. And as for

Plot: Like I mentioned earlier, this book starts off with a suicide. Throughout the rest of the book, there is a animal sacrifice, a curse, hundreds of cats with creepy stares, witchy get togethers, attempted kidnapping. This book has a lot of action going on.

The only frustrating part of this book was the numerous hospital scenes in which Paula and Rowen visit Audra. I was frustrated because surely Paula would have figured out something was wrong. Audra was the only patient and Tula was the only nurse. But, this is just me being picky. And if she would have figured out what was going on, there would have been no book.

The last handful of chapters went by achingly slow to draw out the suspense. And, I guess it wasn’t slow so much as the chapters kept switching to different characters so we could see where everyone was and how they all ended up in the same place. And oh my gosh, the end!!! I did not see that coming.

Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for people who want a good “witchy” read. And for those of you who want to read more stand alone novels, this is not a series! Yay!. ( )
  Ashley_McElyea | Dec 15, 2013 |
This review is based on an uncorrected proof from Bookmooch.

I really enjoyed this book.

The story grabbed me from the beginning. Even though I had read the synopsis on the back cover I still couldn't predict what would happen next. There was enough mystery in the unfolding of the story that I was enthralled and wondering exactly what was going on because the details were dribbled out gradually.

As I neared the end of the book, the story picked up its pace and the tension mounted until I found I didn't want to put it down because I just had to know what was going to happen.

The ending didn't disappoint.

The epilogue was a stroke of genius and gave just enough details to intrigue and whet the appetite. Who is the woman in the dog park and just how did Rowan learn magic? Can't wait for the next book to find out. ( )
  808anela | Nov 15, 2012 |
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With The Thirteen, Moloney has constructed 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. While the nasty, scary stuff really is nasty and scary, Moloney also excels at the non-supernatural horror: parents’ anxiety for their children, ordinary people’s terror in the face of crippling mortgage payments and the fears we all face just getting through our day-to-day lives. What’s worse – making a pact with a demon to have things go your way, or putting your morals aside to pay the bills?
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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 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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"Desperate Housewives meets The Witches of Eastwick in this novel about a woman who returns with her teenage daughter to her childhood home, not knowing that she's stepped back into a community run by a group of witches"--

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