A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson (review)


Fascinating. Captivating. Unputdownable.

I don’t read a lot of legal dramas/thrillers. But I will now.

Especially if they are written by M. T. Edvardsson!

It’s not even easy to describe the genius behind this compelling murder mystery. A 32-year-old man is murdered. As far as potential suspects go – all signs point to Stella, just 18 years old.

But how could it be Stella? Her mother is a respected attorney. Her father a pastor. Their family is picture perfect perfection…or does it only seem that way?


This is told in an unusual but intriguing 3-part structure that delves into the minds of not only Stella, but her mother and father as well. Just how many lies are being told? How many secrets does this family have hidden? And at what lengths would a family go to protect their own?!

Pure genius. One minute I loved every character and felt awful for their situation. The next minute, I distrusted every character and thought they all belonged in prison.

The alternating points of view and how it see-saws between the present day trial and what happened that fateful night blend seamlessly, and it’s easy to question the motives of every major player.

The narrative is so twisted, you find the characters questioning each other as well, as they begin self-assessing their own devotion to family and faith.

If you haven’t picked this one up yet – you’re in luck. It’s out now and I’d definitely go grab a copy if I were you.

You can get your copy here.


  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Celadon Books (June 25, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250204437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250204431

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Synopsis (from Amazon):

New York Times Book Review recommends M.T. Edvardsson’s A Nearly Normal Family and lauds it as a “page-turner” that forces the reader to confront “the compromises we make with ourselves to be the people we believe our beloveds expect.” (NYTimes Book Review Summer Reading Issue)

M.T. Edvardsson’s A Nearly Normal Family is a gripping legal thriller that forces the reader to consider: How far would you go to protect the ones you love? In this twisted narrative of love and murder, a horrific crime makes a seemingly normal family question everything they thought they knew about their life―and one another.

Eighteen-year-old Stella Sandell stands accused of the brutal murder of a man almost fifteen years her senior. She is an ordinary teenager from an upstanding local family. What reason could she have to know a shady businessman, let alone to kill him?

Stella’s father, a pastor, and mother, a criminal defense attorney, find their moral compasses tested as they defend their daughter, while struggling to understand why she is a suspect. Told in an unusual three-part structure, A Nearly Normal Family asks the questions: How well do you know your own children? How far would you go to protect them?



About the Author (from Amazon):

MTEDM. T. Edvardsson is an author and teacher from Trelleborg, Sweden. He is the author of three previous novels and two books for young readers in Sweden. He lives with his family in Löddeköpinge, Sweden.



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8 thoughts on “A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson (review)

    1. Me too! I don’t typically love the legal dramas because law is like a foreign language to me – but this one was fantastic! So glad you loved it too!

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