A Nearly Normal Family
Title: A Nearly Normal Family
Author: M. T. Edvardsson
Publisher: Celadon Books
ISBN: 978-1-250-20443-1
On Sale Date: 6/25/2019
Formats: Hardcover, Ebook, Audio

A Nearly Normal Family

By M. T. Edvardsson

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?

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Book Excerpt

We were standing in the entryway. My hand on the lock. Ulrika’s whole body was shaking.

Why had Michael Blomberg called? What was Stella doing at the police station?

“Tell me,” I said to Ulrika.

“All I know is what Michael said.”

Michael Blomberg. It had been several years since I’d heard his name. Blomberg was well-known in more than just legal circles. He had made a career as one of the country’s foremost defense attorneys and had represented defendants in a great many high-profile cases. His picture had been in the evening papers and he was called upon as an expert on TV. He was also the man who had once taken Ulrika under his wing and paved the way for her success as a defense attorney.

Ulrika was breathing hard. Her eyes were darting like frightened birds.

She tried to squeeze past me and out the door, but I caught her, held her in place between my arms.

“Stella is in police custody.”

I heard what she said, the words reached me, but they were impossible to comprehend.

“There must be some mistake,” I said.

Ulrika shook her head. A moment later, she collapsed against my chest and her phone crashed to the floor.

“She’s suspected of murder,” Ulrika whispered. I stiffened.


  • A Nearly Normal Family is a canny, intensely suspenseful legal thriller. A 18-year-old teenager is accused of murdering a 32-year-old man, provoking a crisis for every person close to her and challenging the commandments of the law as they confront the bonds of love and family life.  

    Scott Turow Author of Presumed Innocent and Testimony
  • M.T. Edvardsson has written a deceptive and riveting novel. A Nearly Normal Family will make you question everything you know about those closest to you.

    Karin Slaughter Author of 18 international bestsellers
  • A brilliant thriller, another masterpiece of Scandinavian noir. It is riveting as the complex plot unfolds layer after layer and twists the well-drawn characters to a startling conclusion. This is crime fiction at its best.

    Linda Fairstein New York Times bestselling crime novelist
  • M. T. Edvardsson
    M. T. Edvardsson Author

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

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