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The Thirteen [Paperback]

Susie Moloney
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April 10 2012
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.

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WINNER 2012 – Manitoba Book Awards’ Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction
A Globe and Mail Best Book

"Moloney can make even the sunniest places seem dark, and...Haven Woods is more like hell on Earth."
Uptown
 
"Moloney brings a comical matter-of-factness to witchcraft.... It has a page-turning energy, with bursts of vivid writing and dark humour. Moloney continues to stretch the horror genre."
Winnipeg Free Press
 
"Compellingly uncanny.... Pick up a copy of The Thirteen...as soon as possible."
The Globe and Mail

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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.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought. Aug. 25 2011
By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Editorial Garbage Aug. 18 2014
Format:Paperback
This book was so confusing to read that I only made it through the prologue and a couple chapters before blinking my eyes rapidly and tossing it to the side to start a different one.

The premise is a good one – witches in a small community doing witchy things. The follow-through leaves a lot to be desired, however – especially in the department of editing.

Excerpt:
A confusing sentence from the prologue:

Not even when the flames swept up from the floor and began their climb over her
surrender your
flesh.
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The book is lacking in periods and grammatical punctuation in general. It's also overflowing in brackets with ridiculously useless information, stopping the flow of the story.

The editing was sub-par and many sentences had repeating words with no proper sentence structure. There were also a multitide of incomplete, short sentences. How anyone could make it through the entire book is beyond me. I cannot fathom how it ever got published in the first place, let alone got such a rave review from The Globe and Mail.

Moloney also takes the time out at the end of her book to thank her editor:

Most of all I want to thank the surely supernatural Anne Collins, who edits with elegance and respect, and whose patience and dedication really wrote this book.
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I think a certain editor needs to find a new job.

The book could have had the most amazing plot ever written – but you would never know for the ridiculous way it's put together.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Thirteen Review June 12 2011
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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