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The Thirteen: A Novel Paperback – March 27, 2012
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From the Back Cover
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have been on a run with witchy-themed books lately, and while THE THIRTEEN was quick and enjoyable, it was not my favorite.
First, what I liked: Give me a generous helping of creepy goodness in my witchy stories and I'm a happy girl. Susie Maloney has been compared to some of the greats in horror fiction, and I felt she stands out all on her own in this regard. I am both in awe of, and a bit afraid of, the way her mind works!
I enjoyed the relationship between Paula and Rowen, her daughter. Three generations of women dominated the pages of this book, and I wanted to know more about the bonds that tied them together - both natural and supernatural. My favorite character was Izzy, the leader of The Thirteen. She's beautiful, she's strong, and she's not afraid to do what needs to be done. She's also deliciously evil. The pages turned quickly, and was the perfect book for a long car ride home from our spring break vacation.
Now for what left me feeling flat: While the beginning of the book drew me in with intriguing female characters and subtle hints to entice the reader, the hints became a bit tiresome and obvious. I was extremely frustrated by Paula's convenient misunderstanding of her mother's warnings, not to mention her lack of regard for her mother's well-being. I also found the romance with the only man in Raven Woods predictable, if not unnecessary.Read more ›
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.
A confusing sentence from the prologue:
Not even when the flames swept up from the floor and began their climb over her
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.
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.
Quick & Dirty: A confusing mesh of witchery and deceit.
Opening Sentence: The drunk at table eight was shouting something at the dancer.
When it comes to horror movies or books, I usually decline. I no longer like being scared to death by creepy serial killers that eat the bodies of their victims or demonic children taking over. I have seen too many bad things in real life to appreciate them for the entertainment they are meant to be. That being said, I love me some B-rated horror movies. The ones that are so beyond corny that they become funny. The Thirteen is like a horror movie that is too bad for traditional horror status but not "bad" enough to cross over into B-ratings. It tries to be a new blend of The Witches of Eastwick and Desperate Housewives, but falls tragically short.
Paula Wittmore is a struggling single mother of a teenage daughter. So when Paula's mother becomes ill, she and her daughter, Rowan, return home to help out. The carefree town of Haven Woods is everything that Paula had as a child and wanted for her daughter's life: clean, friendly, and a safe place to call home. Little do they know that the power that keeps up this façade is hungry for their blood. The ladies of Haven are witches in need of two things to continue their "good lives"; a thirteenth woman to join their coven, and a sacrifice to the god that gives them their power. Will Paula and Rowan survive the selfish and greedy women around them, or will they fall victim to their unholy pact with evil?
This is such a good idea for a book. Women sacrificing, their child or husband, in order to get their material "heart's desires" and an outsider that can either make them or break them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I stopped reading after a while because the book kept introducing too many new characters. It got confusing. More character development was needed with fewer characters. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Carroll
I really enjoyed this book.
Even though I had read the synopsis on the back cover I still couldn't predict what would happen next. Read more
I read this book because I loved The Dwelling, also by this author. It wasn't as good as that one, but it did keep my attention through to the end. I would recommend it as a read. Read morePublished on June 14, 2014 by Kindle Customer
Very interesting plot. Sucked me right in until the very end. Could not put the book down. Will start another one of her books soon.Published on December 15, 2013 by O. Someras
I first learned about Susie Moloney when I randomly bought a copy of The Dwelling because the front cover looked interesting. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Jeani Rector
so stupid. I couldn't even finish it. the book drags on and on about vain women who love cats. if your a dog person like myself don't read this book they sacrifice dogs for vanity. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by b00kw0rm
I wanted to like this book, the story line sounded great in the reviews, but, I never felt this book developed. Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by Debbie
Love the book. Couldn't put it down. If you like stories about witches and magic then this is the book for you.Published on February 18, 2013 by A. Ojeda
Oh, the Thirteen is so creepy. I have had goose bumps reading it. If you are ready for a scary, keep you up all night read, then go grab a copy of The Thirteen today. Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by Coffee Time Romance & More