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The Family at Number 13 by S.D. Monaghan @SeanMonaghan16 @bookouture #BookReview

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend! Today I am bringing you my review of a book filled with characters that put the DYS in DYSFUNCTIONAL🤯

So if you are like me and you enjoy books with characters Who are a hot mess… you will like this book!

The Family at No. 13

The Family at Number 13 by S.D. Monaghan

3.75 Dysfunctional Stars 🌟🌟🌟.75

Synopsis

The most perfect lives can hide the darkest secrets…
Mary has everything. Beautiful and rich, she lives on an exclusive street in the heart of the city, in a house with gorgeous views and an immaculately maintained garden. Her life looks perfect.

But behind closed doors the truth is very different. Her husband Andrew barely speaks to her, spending his days down in the basement alone. Her teenage nephew is full of rage, lashing out with no warning. Her carefully constructed life is beginning to fall apart.

And then someone starts sending Mary anonymous notes, threatening her and her family…

Everyone has secrets. But is someone at number 13 hiding something that could put the whole family in danger?

Review

3.75 Dysfunctional Stars 🌟🌟🌟.75

Well, this is the week of unlikable characters…. another book filled with people I would not want to spend the day with or probably even an hour with, but somehow I found them quite compelling… and what I have learned this week from this book and another I read that was slightly similar… is if you cannot afford to live in a house and they are happy to give it to you… something is wrong! So yes if things are too good to be true, they probably are….

Connor needs to find a new place to live, and quickly…. so when a lovely bungalow in an elite neighborhood becomes available, he cannot believe how lucky he is to have snapped it up…. Connor is a therapist and intends on seeing his patients in the perfect office in his new home…. and everything is perfect until his first patient arrives and the neighbor kid starts jumping on his trampoline and creating quite the ruckus, causing that session to end prematurely…. turns out the neighbor kid is a teenager with some serious issues, most of them loud…. also turns out that one of his ex patients with a grudge is now one of his new neighbors… coincidence?

Everyone in this book was a serious hot mess…. they all needed some serious therapy and not from Connor…. not even sure how I would classify this book, perhaps as a family drama with a few twists… admittedly it took me a little while to get into this book, but once I did I was hooked…. really wanted to figure out what made these people tick…. and why was everyone so hostile towards one another….

I do recognize this book will not be for everybody… there is a very dark undercurrent to it…. it really shows the ugly side of humanity, and the consequences of that…. if you are looking for an uplifting feel good book, this is not your book… but if you are in the mood for a compelling read with some pretty gritty characters, I’d recommend….

*** thank you too Bookouture and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

PS: this really has nothing to do with the book, but it was something that bothered me for some unknown reason… The author referred to a few things as being North American, such as a North American facial expression…. I live about two hours away from the border between the US and Mexico, and I can tell you they’re probably very few facial expressions we share…. I almost felt as though Mexico was forgot to be part of North America…. when some of these statements were made…. but this could just be because I am someone in America who lives close to Mexico and knows there is a pretty big difference….. no biggie it was just something I noticed and really have never heard before….🇺🇸🇲🇽🇨🇦

Que pases un buen dia 🌻 Berit

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7 thoughts on “The Family at Number 13 by S.D. Monaghan @SeanMonaghan16 @bookouture #BookReview

    1. Yes! I’m not sure if he was trying to be inclusive? But I live in Southern California near LA and I knew what he meant, but why not call it what it is?
      Although funny enough I was telling my parents about this and we were eating dinner at a Mexican restaurant😄

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  1. Yes. There were some weird references/adjectives in the book. I don’t like books where all the characters are horrible human beings, so I struggled with this one. Good review, though!

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  2. Great review and I agree with you on everything. This book definitely did have some of the most unliekable characters ever. I don’t think I liked any of them. I love your comment about them needing therapy but definitely not from Connor lol. Connor really did need his own psychiatrist though 🙂

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