I only have so many hours in a day and there are so many books out there that I want to read I find it hard to keep grinding away at a book that I just don’t care about. The Thirteen by Susie Moloney is one of those books. I know many people have loved it and the blurb, and cover, really grabbed my attention.

“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.

And maybe I didn’t keep reading long enough. I got about a third of the way through and just didn’t care. I didn’t understand what was going on, except that Paula and her daughter were obviously in danger. I knew the other women were witches, but I wasn’t invested in the story. I set it aside for a couple of days, picked it back up and still just didn’t feel like reading it. When I realized that I was avoiding reading when I actually had time to because I didn’t want to read it anymore, I set it aside for good.

I did peek to see how the story ended. I can’t say I was really surprised by the last few pages.

I think though, that the problem may have been with me and not with the book. I guess I was expecting sexy witches, a fun paranormal read, not middle age witches, desperately hanging on to something- I’m not quite sure what exactly, I didn’t get that far- willing to do whatever it takes, make whatever sacrifice they need to. They were creepy, but not gripping, and I didn’t want to spend any more time with them.

I’ll go ahead and leave you the links though. Like I mentioned, I know a lot of people who really enjoyed it. I guess it’s kind of chick lit horror, neither genre is one I actually read much of.

Category: Horror

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Published March 27, 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of Harper Collins
336 pages

Book source: For review


  1. Carol: I had started the book when I wrote my comments on your post, and also did not finish it. You are lucky you did not reach the middle of the book as I did. There was satanic sacrifice of animals, and sexual violation of a child, rather graphic. It totally grossed me out. I gave it a 1 star which is the lowest you can give on amazon and goodreads. So not recommended!

  2. From the description it sounds like I would like it. But then again, you never know until you start reading it. I’ve put aside my share of books that sounded great but were a miss for me too.

  3. Carol, sorry you didn’t finish this one. I did enjoy it although there were a few parts I didn’t like at all, namely the parts Harvee mentioned. All in all though I enjoyed the angle of the middle age witches. That’s what is interesting about reading and talking about books. We all have different thoughts and not everything appeals to everyone.

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