There was some great mystery buried in this book, under some unnecessary rabble that made finishing this book quite an ordeal.
The Family at Number 13 by S.D. Monaghan
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Published: 27th April, 2018
There was absolutely no need or reason for this book to stretch over three hundred pages. Filled with unnecessary, and irritating conversations it got on my nerves pretty quickly. Such a shame, because the mystery was not bad! Not bad at all! I mean, there’s someone dying on the first page!
Mary and Andrew are livin’ da life in St. Cathrine’s Hill, some fancy neighbourhood, surrounded by fancy neighbours. This is where not-so-fancy Connor ends up somehow, after needing a new place for his therapy practice, and to live. The first half a day goes swimmingly, until the teenage boy next door creates such a commotion that Connor wonders why he’s not locked up somewhere.
Mary’s life is one many would envy. But someone just slipped a nasty letter through her door, informing her the neighbourhood is not happy with how things are handled at number 13. She straight away deducts that it can be only Connor, the dude who lives there for exactly half a day. If jumping to conclusions were an olympic sport, Mary would sure be gold medalist. This theme continues for most part of the book, and even Andrew seems to be on board which is frankly mind boggling. It sounded stupid coming from Mary, but after dear hubby joins, it gets downright ridiculous. I often wondered if both of them might be a bit deranged.
I couldn’t particularly warm up to any of the characters, apart from maybe Finn, Mary’s nephew, who seems to suffer from some vague sort of mental illness – characterized with violent outbursts -, and yet is the most observant of them all. The fact. That. They. All. Talk. Like. This, also doesn’t help. I mean, could you fucking not?
Also, how many pages can you possibly fill with a conversation about who attacked a cat, and why said cat is not present any more? I tell you. Three! Yes, I get it, Mary is obnoxious and maybe a bit thick, but it was quite clear after about half a page, thank you. Later on however she exhibits a certain level of cunningness that made me wonder if she’s still the same person we got to meet in the beginning.
Brona and Zachary, who live across Connor, also have the tendency to waffle, and say shit like “I think I just had a money-gasm“.
Apart from the brief encounter with animal torture there’s also mention of child abuse and some violence that might not sit well with everyone.
I received my copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.