The Thirteen

The ThirteenDress it up in a paranormal cover, add chick lit elements, include mysterious deaths and in the end it s still a book about an all female suburban satanic cult and I m feeling yucky all over That s my honest opinion and feeling Just didn t like it It earns one star for my finishing it The second star is earned for the author s originality Even though I didn t like it.The basis is that the cult requires thirteen members If there are thirteen and appropriate sacrifices and those sacrifices are stomach churning and the members have given themselves to the dark one and can I say Ew I mean in a big way , all their hopes and dreams are reached It s the Stepford Wives without their husbands joining a club In fact, husbands are not uncommonly the sacrifice They ve recently suffered a reduction in force and need a new recruit Rather than going to the park or the supermarket like previously, they seek out the grown child of Audra That s when the story falls apart The threads are frayed and, although there is definite direction to the story, it doesn t always make sense First of all, Izzie commits herself to the devil He takes her sexually and it s gross Why didn t he take all the others Not that I wanted that image, I m disturbed enough over Izzie s encounter Also, why is Izzie the one making the animal sacrifice I also never understood the hospital scenes They were simply too weak I also didn t find the explanation for Audra turning into what she was What was up with the cats What was wrong with the dog collar What was Sanderson s mom s story Why did she leave These are merely a handful of unanswered questions I m sure they would make perfect sense if I was up to speed on Satanic worship but, thank God, I m not.It s a quick, if disturbing read. Non sono solita addentrarmi in trame dalle tinte fosche, o peggio in storie concepite per mettere paura ai lettori L istinto mi invita a non prenderle minimamente in considerazione, saltandole a pi pari nella scelta dei romanzi da leggere I miei occhi si sono avvicinati a King una volta sola, e non hanno intenzione di ripetere l esperienza so che con questa frase attirer il disprezzo della maggior parte di voi lettori ma perdonatemi se preferisco fare sogni tranquilli la notte.Quando mi sono imbattuta in questo titolo, Le Tredici, dopo aver dato uno sguardo alla trama, ho provato qualcosa come attrazione repulsione una parte del cervello mi avvertiva di stare lontana, se volevo mantenermi tranquilla e serena, un altra parte mi diceva ma dai, e che mai sar Qualsiasi cosa accada in quel libro, sar pur sempre confinato ad esso beata ingenuit.A fine lettura mi sono resa conto che una bella dose di strizza e ansia, unite ad un pizzico d horror non pu far che bene a un lettore, per quanto fifone egli sia o creda di essere S , perch quella paura non fa altro che rendere la nostra normalit pi tranquilla, piacevole pi apprezzata Anche se quella normalit la prima vittima dei mostri del romanzo Ma andiamo con ordine A Havens Wood, un tranquillo paesino che a molti ricorder il quartiere residenziale di Wisteria Lane, teatro di scena delle famosissime Desperate Housewives, vivono poche famiglie, ognuna con la propria villetta e il giardino antistante Si conoscono tutti tra di loro e i loro rapporti sono ovviamente dettati dalle regole del buon vicinato Quando una delle abitanti di Havens Wood decide di uccidersi, le cose iniziano a cambiare Un altra donna viene ricoverata in ospedale e la figlia, che vive lontano dalla madre da anni, costretta a ritornare a casa, con la figlia piccola al seguito, per accudire la madre malata Il suo ritorno necessario, indispensabile per ricostituire l ordine andato distrutto con la morte di Chick, l anziana donna che si suicidata a inizio romanzo Quello che potrebbe sembrare un romanzo di pettegolezzi, intrighi ispirati alla nota serie televisiva, litigi fra vicini con conseguenti dispetti, in realt nasconde molto ma molto di pi Nasconde un terribile potere, un potere che apparentemente solo femminile sono solo donne quelle coinvolte in qualcosa di misterioso e inizialmente incomprensibile, sono tutte donne quelle che hanno raggiunto il vertice del successo in diversi campi, sono sempre donne quelle che prendono le decisioni, in famiglia e fuori Eppure, per far s che la situazione non muti, necessario che queste donne siano 13 Se il numero diminuir , allora tutto andr perduto, le dodici rimanenti dovranno rassegnarsi non solo a vivere la quotidianit di una vita normale, ma ad affrontare situazioni disperate, difficili, estreme alle quali non sempre c rimedio C sempre bisogno di una tredicesima, e se la sua presenza comporter un enorme sacrificio, sar sempre meglio che accettare il ritorno della normalit Ho detto troppo Forse ho detto troppo poco.Questo un romanzo che non pu essere raccontato, per trasmettere i brividi che affiorano nei momenti di tensione un romanzo che va vissuto, va temuto, va chiuso con un sospiro di sollievo e di soddisfazione per essere arrivati al finale, insieme alla bella Paula non vi ho detto chi Paula Meglio cos Un romanzo che inquieta, che non vi fa star comodi in poltrona ma vi mantiene in un allerta costante, vi fa guardare alle spalle sperando non ci sia nessuno appostato dietro Un romanzo da leggere con la luce accesa.qui Come in ogni mia recensione inizio sempre dalla struttura della trama Premetto che ho finito questo libro in due giorni per quanto il suo ritmo fosse scorrevole e serrato Ogni pagina richiamava a gran voce la successiva La prosa ben fatta e descrive a tinte crude il mondo in cui i personaggi si muovono Sono personaggi ben strutturati, approfonditi al massimo e lontani dai comuni stereotipi In questo romanzo non esiste eroe o eroina senza macchia Paula Witt una donna con pi debolezze che punti di forza E stata abbandonata da tutti e ha dovuto tirarsi su le maniche nel crescere una figlia tra le mille difficolt , tuttavia non riuscita ad affermarsi n nel lavoro, n come madre modello Lei ha i suoi limiti ed consapevole di non riuscire a superarli La Moloney stata abilissima nel riprodurre la psicologia adolescenziale di Rowen Gli occhi della ragazzina ribelle, infatti, riescono a vedere oltre lo strato dell inganno prima di quelli di qualsiasi altro L autrice ha compiuto un lavoro strabiliante nella creazione delle dodici streghe Sono stupende antagoniste perch sono cattive fino al midollo, opportuniste e disposte ad ogni cosa pur di realizzare i loro obiettivi Non c legame di sangue, non c a pi grande della loro ambizione Sono tutte vissute in difficolt pi o meno serie e tutte non ci hanno pensato due volte ad intraprendere la strada pi facili Sono coerenti con la loro bassezza Sono stupende Non posso dire altro.L emblema delle antagoniste senza dubbio Izzy, Isadore Riley E lei che porta il Male ad Haven Woods, seguendo le orme di sua nonna materna Un altra cosa che sua nonna le diceva spesso, a parte Sei stupida e Una donna furba ottiene ci che desidera , era Sei stanca della tua miserabile, miserabile vita Sei una donna miserabile, miserabile Sei stupida o furba In un primo momento, Izzy pensava solo ad assecondarla, Sono furba, nonna Sono furba , ma dopo un po aveva cominciato a prenderla sul serio Sei stanca della tua miserabile, miserabile vita Lo era.Ha chiesto al Male di avere una vita perfetta basata sulla ricchezza, su una bella casa, su una giovinezza che non sembra mai sfiorire e ha ottenuto tutto sacrificando entrambi i suoi figli E una bestia, lei il male stesso e non prova niente di positivo I suoi sentimenti sono sempre latenti, addormentati, esiliati in qualche angolo del suo essere, archiviati, come se ne provasse vergogna Essi hanno brevi guizzi a volte, soltanto quando l umanit fa a pugni con l ambizione L introspezione dei personaggi profonda e porta la trama a non essere lineare Infatti, proprio mentre la narrazione incalza, i ricordi e le analogie delle situazioni ci portano indietro nel tempo, dandoci l impressione di essere all interno della testa del personaggio in questione Di solito, dopo la struttura, la trama e i personaggi, prendo in esame i temi trattati La parola chiave di questo romanzo cattiveria che possiamo poi unire ad egoismo La potenza positiva del personaggio di Paula eclissata dalla situazione stessa, dalla realt che lei si trova a vivere Proprio il suo non brillare come esempio di virt , la rende un imprevisto, una semplice eccezione a quel mondo marcio ben costruito sul male Proprio negli ultimi secondi, prima che avesse avuto il tempo di acconsentire o protestare, ebbe un ultima visione dei suoi desideri C era lei, in piedi, che voleva tutto non per suo marito o per sua figlia, ma per se stessa La vera immagine di una bambina viziata e ingorda La sua brama era gigantesca, profonda, intensa e assolutamente egoistica.Questo estratto racconta l accettazione del male da parte di Audra, madre di Paula, anche lei una delle Tredici Mi ha colpito particolarmente perch in esso condensata l immensa carica negativa che muove le vicende l ambizione, il vizio, l egoismo E proprio questo che rende il romanzo della Moloney particolare, geniale se vogliamo E bassezza pura di un mondo di poche luci pallide che devono muoversi in tanta, tantissima ombra Da grande appassionata del genere horror e di leggende basate sulla stregoneria, consiglio il libro a tutto coloro che vogliono concedersi una storia cupa, crudele e coerente Le Tredici sono streghe con la S maiuscola, senza edulcoranti, inquietanti, malvage e per questo affascinanti. A fairly predictable horror novel without the underlying social critique the cover copy had led me to anticipate. I really dont know what to say about this book except I am glad it is over..From the story blurb and the reviews I thought it would be suspenseful, intriguing and clever with the story of a group of witches who live in a surburban neighborhood and work on making everything they ever want become a reality by any means neccessary I was all set to fall into this book, I love witches and I thought it would be reminiscent of Anne Rice s Mayfair witches trilogies or some other great supernatural read and then when it was compared to a Stephen King read I was hooked, but alas somewhere within it fell flat..The witches are intent on maintaining their way of life and their powers and made ultimate deals with a mysterious evil being to with their only requirement to make sacrifices and keep a coven of thirteen women at all times..The neighborhood thrives under the witches s control and everyone is perfect and happy, churches close, hospitals close and life is eerily calm until one of the witches takes her destiny in her own hands and after losing her husband in a sacrifice she takes her own life and alters the witches sense of reality and everything that was right in their lives goes wrong with the only way to fix it is to bring one of the witches s daughters back to the fold It is here that the book starts with the daughter Paula and her daughter Rowan returning back to the neighborhood after finding out her mother is sick which was basically an excuse to get Paula and Rowan to town to join the coven..Even as I am writing this review I am drawn into the plot which is why it is so disappointing how the book was written, it was silly with insipid characters you don t like, confusing thought patterns you cant follow, annoying parenthetical phrases in between sentences, repetitive statements that arent needed God s special thinkers I just had problems with the delivery overall, it wasnt like Desperate Housewives to me because the characters were hollow, if this book was maybe longer with backstory one each witch and detail on the creator , the elusive evil He..I hate the way I had to rip into this book because the Stepford wives premise was very interesting and I wanted so so much.. I was convinced on this book after hearing Ms Maloney read from the opening at a party in Toronto It was a fabulous read, infused with character but still carefully controlled For the most part, the book maintains a similar sense of control It s obvious what s going on from the beginning, because Maloney s book is dancing with tropes we ve all seen trotted out before a woman with a past returns to where it all started, deals with the traumas that have been holding her back in life, and emerges triumphant Also, there are witches The witches are easily the most enjoyable part of The Thirteen They re the most completely realized of the characters Their evil is mundane and real and totally believable, and the consequences of their actions rebound on them in horrible ways that instantly elicit sympathy from the reader By contrast, protagonist Paula just doesn t quite measure up She s been dealt a bad hand, for sure, but she spends a bit too much time wondering what s going on while her barely pubescent daughter Rowan twigs immediately From her introduction, we learn that Paula is supposed to be tough She s a fighter who sticks up for herself and others But once she returns to Haven Woods, she regresses to a younger self who lets far too many things slide by Not without comment, of course, but often without action It s a bit disappointing when you compare the strength and agency and confidence of the other women around her, including her daughter On the other hand, this story is borrowing heavily from Salem s Lot, and much of the same dynamic exists between Ben Mears and Mark Petrie In fact, Mark is about the same age as Rowan Both characters instantly understand that the threat facing them is a supernatural one that must be terminated with extreme prejudice, and they act accordingly Meanwhile, the adults wonder what could possibly be causing all these bizarre coincidences This is another well worn trope, and it has its place, but as I read I found myself wishing that Paula had included herself a bit in the plot so that she could have a direct impact on it The whole thing really hinges on everyone but Paula, and I m not so sure that s a great place for a main character to be With that said, the book is lovely when it s not focused on Paula Her enemies are glorious in their malevolence, and their selfishness and un earned privilege leaps off the page They pack the banality of evil in their Suburbans with the soccer cleats and Capri Sun If you want a primer on what the consequences of a Faustian bargain might look like to real America, this is it. This is a book I won from the giveaways thank you The Thirteen is a very unique book I haven t ever read anything like it It s about a group of witches who live in this small town There s only one problem they ve just lost one of their members and must have thirteen in their group to keep their powers Without a thirteenth, they also start to have awful things happen to them severe aging, fingers falling off, etc When one of the witches becomes ill, her daughter and granddaughter come to stay until she recuperates The mother is a perfect candidate for the thirteenth, and the daughter is also important The group of witches use everything in their power to keep the mother and daughter in town, ready to have things return back to normal.Pros The beginning scene really grabbed my attention, as did meeting Paula and Rowan the mother and daughter , but after that, I admit the book began to drag It got better once you began to see of what these witches were going through, and the last section of the book was especially gripping Overall, the characters are good I enjoyed Chick, Paula, Sanderson, Rowan, and Audra I even ended up liking Marla I also adored Old Tex and Gusto They were nice additions to the story Most of the witch characters aren t very nice though, especially Izzy They make great villains, though they are so complex that they aren t truly evil.Cons I enjoyed this book, but it took me a while to read because it was hard to get into at times I tend to be a fast reader so this is a problem I didn t really enjoy the writing style I m mostly talking about parts like this They were still gabbing, dark heads bent together like crows pecking at something interesting and dead She went from the window to the closet, found her school blazer with the St Mary s crest Semper Vigilans and put it on.I was also annoyed at how many unanswered questions I had at the end You never hear what happens to most of the characters, and I had hoped it would be wrapped up in the epilogue.Overall However, the characters and overall story was pretty entertaining This book definitely shows the lengths some people will go to keep themselves happy 3 stars. review from readinglark.blogspot.comPaula Witt, the central character in this novel, puts a whole new spin on the phrase, you can t go home In Paula s case, she did but she really, really shouldn t have.Paula s home town, Haven Woods, is home to some unusual citizens a coven of witches At first glance, they seem to be like all the other women of the community hauling kids to soccer games, getting together for gossip and advice, using magic to stay young and beautiful The problem is that their lives are built on spells, half truths, and an undercurrent of evil.I really enjoyed the structure of this novel, which reminds me of an onion The author introduces us to the outside picture at first, and peels down the onion layer by layer It makes the book a real page turner, because with each horrific revelation, the reader is lead right into wondering what comes next.I did have a bit of an issue with characterization, which I found rather spotty Some characters were obviously given a lot of time and attention, and read beautifully like Izzy and Rowan Some, however, are less well rounded like Aggie, Glory, and many of the Thirteen Obviously some of these characters are supposed to have lost much of their humanity that s part of the storyline Maybe it s really about the sheer number of characters, because there were several who were similarly lacking development and backstory There is no way, of course, that the author could completely tell all their stories in just over 328 pages I do know that I don t feel that I was ever able to distinguish between several of the background characters, nor was I clear on who the Thirteen were The number is key to the whole plot, so this seems to me to be an intrinsic problem.Despite my complaints, I do believe that Moloney can tell a whale of a story This one is a tasty little bit of creeptastic nothing gorry, just a fun spook, with a twist ending that will leave you with a smile on your face. Why read Won from LibraryThing Early ReviewersWhat impressed me While the book s synopsis of Desperate Housewives meets The Witches of Eastwick proved to be pretty far off from the actual story in The Thirteen, I found I really enjoyed the book The witches were presented in an interesting way evil, but that wasn t really their original purpose It was a great way to show how far woman are willing to go to make life better for themselves and their families Paula and her daughter, Rowan, both serve as interesting protagonists you really root for as they try to survive the witches.What disappointed me With a coven of twelve plus their families and all the other characters, it gets hard to keep all the names straight Paula was conveniently oblivious at crucial times, especially anything to go with her mother s illness and the hospital When a character seeks redemption late in the novel, it feels like an easy solution to a plot problem the author couldn t get out of rather than a sincere change of heart.Recommended Yes The Thirteen is a quick, enjoyable read that fans of witchy stories should like. Desperate Housewives Meets The Witches Of Eastwick In Susie Moloney S Wonderfully Creepy Novel, The ThirteenA Paranormal Thriller That Blends Contemporary Suburban Concerns And S With The Fiendishly Supernatural, The Thirteen Is The Story Of A Woman Who Returns To Her Childhood Home With Her Daughter, Only To Discover That The Community Is Now Run By A Group Of Witches With Nasty Plans For The Both Of Them A Wonderfully Dark And Original Tale, The Thirteen Will Appeal To A Wide Range Of Readers From Fans Of Laura Kasischke, Jennifer McMahon, Melissa De La Cruz, And Melissa Marr To Anyone Who Has Ever Appreciated The Delicious Chills Of Rosemary S Baby

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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • The Thirteen
  • Susie Moloney
  • English
  • 22 December 2017
  • 9780062117663

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