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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada (April 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307361586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307361585
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 25 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ohhhhh. I wanted to like this one. I really did. When I read what this book was about, I immediately went to take it out of the library and giggled with glee as I didn't have to put it on hold or anything. It did have it's great moments! I was all ready for a really nice dark gothy read! I loved the idea of a cat filled town (furbabies!!!) where things aren't what they seem. The town had a nice dark theme to it, almost akin to Witches of Eastwick mixed with Stepford Wives theme. So that in itself was great. Audra's curse was great! I thought that was really interesting and fun to read. It's most certainly a well descriptive curse.

Each of the 'witches' and what they wished for was also interesting, but of course everything comes at a price. When things do get messy, the consequences are severe. This was also fun to read - especially when they all go into a panic. The panic gets contagious and they're suddenly resembling frantic chickens.

Then...the story itself just falls apart.

What is it with this dogs vs cats theme? that really bugged me. It really played on that a little too much and the old adage of cats being the 'witches familiar' is really really old. That bugged me because I knew in the long run in this book, that there was going to be a mass killing of cats somewhere along the line. Oh for crying out loud. Seriously? we're still writing about how evil they are and that dogs are every body's best friend and the champions against the dark witchcraft magic. Have we suddenly gone Middle Ages all over again? the animal cruelty (both for dogs and cats) was not necessary and this dogs vs cats thing was silly.

Let's now talk about Rowan. She was all right. For a while. Until the story starts in her point of view.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro on Jan. 19 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you combine the original "Stepford Wives" with" Desperate Housewives" and add in a soupcon of "Practical Magic" you may have a good idea what to expect with this book.

This book was filled with spookiness, malice, meanness,(b)witches, cruelty and a ton of tension, and that was just amongst those who sort of liked each other.

The characters are very well written with enough depth that I could really 'see' them in my mind. I could visualize everything about the town, the women, their lives.

The build up and extreme tension was just perfect. The addition of a tiny little romance which took me out of that tension enough to make it possible for me to finish this book without having to hide under my bed at night, was perfect. I adore speculative fiction but I mostly read the kind that you really need to suspend you sense of disbelief for, but with this book all the characters were so realistic and the book was so deftly written that I could just imagine being in this town and being part of this group...even if that would be a bad thing.
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Format: Hardcover
The Witches of Eastwick meets Desperate Housewives in Susie Moloney's The Thirteen.

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

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.

I first met Susie on the bookshelves in 1997 when her best-selling breakout book 'A Dry Spell,' was rumoured to be have been picked up by Hollywood. I followed up with 'Bastion Falls' and 'The Dwelling' (362 Belisle St. in the UK) as they came out.

Now, I've read 'The Thirteen.' And with delight. Though, I've never watched The Witches of Eastwick or Desperate Housewives, I've certainly gotten the idea of what these shows must be talking about just by reading this novel.

I'm a slow reader. Very slow, actually. I read pretty much every word and experience the book as a whole instead of just skating over its contents. Then I put it away. Almost forever. Never returning to read it a second time.

Unless . . .

Unless . . .
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