Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publish Date: March 27, 2012
Origins: From Publisher for Review
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Synopsis: "Desperate Housewives" meets "The Witches of Eastwick" in this novel about a woman who returns with her teenage daughter to her childhood home, not knowing that she's stepped back into a community run by a group of witches.
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.
Review: The Thirteen is a novel which exposes the seamy underbelly of a 'perfect' neighborhood. It's the Stepford Witches who live on Wisteria Lane. With one rule...there must always be Thirteen. Ms. Moloney's written an oddly entertaining story of murder, lust, desperation, evil, and temptation. I found the story to be fascinating, but some of the characters were off-putting, such as the 'main' character, Paula Wittmore. There were quite a few times I wanted to pull her aside, shake her hard, and yell at her to "wake up!!". She seemed overly naive, especially for a woman who has been living a hard life. I loved Rowan and Sandy, along with Old Tex - they were my favorite characters. This is definitely one of those "the sins of the [mothers] are to be laid upon the children" type novels.