The Family at No 13 by S. D. Monaghan

My review

I wanted a book which would grip me from the beginning to the end and distract me away from the realities of life but unfortunately, this book could not do the trick.

I picked up this book due to the cover; there is something so intriguing about it. This was one of the slow starts which showed the darker side of people, their actions and its after-effects .

The story goes thus, Connor a therapist finds a new home in an elite neighborhood and starts his practice from home, but his clients soon turn out to be one different than the next. The story is told in Connor and neighbour Mary’s POV. There are other characters like the crazy nephew and the silent husband, all of them equally unlikable.

Every single character was described in such minute detail that they added nothing to the story but just diluted everything from the plot. The pace was so slow that the initial parts felt like the cryptic clues of the Sunday newspaper crossword. There was a lot of information which just added to the pages, not to the story.

I skimmed through the book till I reached the end. Done with it, no DNF so far for 2018

This book is for readers who like a slow burner of a dark drama.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating : 2 stars

About the Author

S. D. Monaghan grew up in Dublin before travelling extensively in Asia, Europe and America. After teaching English in Thailand for two years, he moved back to Ireland and gained an honours degree in psychology. While living in Canada for four years, he studied screenwriting in Toronto. S. D. Monaghan completed the Masters in Creative Writing at Trinity College, Dublin

Book blurb

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?

Product Details

Publication date : 27th April, 2018

Publisher : Bookouture

Language : English

Available on Amazon

A slowburner drama

48 thoughts on “The Family at No 13 by S. D. Monaghan

      1. You are welcome Shalini.
        By the way, are you in Bangalore? My wife and me are arranging a small dinner get together at our place in Jayanagar. Will you be joining?

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      2. Then it has to be August-September 2018 when Neelakurinji which flowers once in 12 years will make the place carpeted. Last time was 2006 and next 2030. See you in August 😊

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      1. You live in India Shalini?! I didn’t know that. I’m always amazed at how easily we can communicate over such great distances. There’s another blogger who lives in India and posts the most amazing pictures in and around India. She’s called Miss Talkaholic. Do you know of her blog?
        I sure hope India gets audible. You’ll love it!! There are other audio options like Tantor and Macmillan. Maybe India has those?

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      2. I will check them out. Yp from Mumbai India. I am glad we are great friends.
        I will check that blog. I am bad with photographs but I want to be photographer hahaha all my photos get blurred. Well I will live and keep trying.
        I don’t think they have come to India as Amazon is a big presence here and only amazon works. But I will find out.

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      3. I should have known with that cute name…..Shalini. 😉
        You’ll be a great photographer one day.💜
        I’m surprised since Amazon owns Audible. They should be in India.
        Does your library offer audiobooks?

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      4. They are in India, but each book in dollars, the audible is not linked with amazon India. They told it would take them time to come to a suitable economical arrangement

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      1. My pleasure, Shalini! If i am not wrong, so i can see you have now a very amazing style in reviewing. Your heart seems to be more than ever full of love for someone and the whole world. 😉 Great! Michael

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      2. Ahhh Michael, I had gone through bad times last year. It took time, but I healed. A healed heart starts to smile and maybe that is reflected here😊


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