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Susie Moloney
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The Thirteen: A Novel

3.05  ·  Rating Details ·  620 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
“Like a gonzo, mirror-universe, occult version of The Stepford Wives, with a dash of Stephen King thrown in….A compellingly uncanny narrative.”
Globe and Mail

“A creepy-fun read, with characters ready-made for a Hollywood casting call.”

Desperate Housewives meets The Witches of Eastwick in Susie Moloney’s wonderfully creepy novel, The Thirteen. A paranormal thrille
ebook, 336 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2011)
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Amy Lignor
Mar 08, 2012 Amy Lignor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Readers:

Perhaps it is because I am a Stephen King fan, but I have to disagree with the three-star reviews on this one. There are a great many paranormals out there in the world of fiction right now (especially of the ‘fanged’ variety, as we all know). But I almost fell off my chair when I began reading this new offering from Susie Moloney - an author who has already proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that she has an incredible gift when it comes to telling a story. This review, however, is g
Mar 27, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-witches
Why read: Won from LibraryThing Early Reviewers

What 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,
Ann Douglas
A fairly predictable horror novel without the underlying social critique the cover copy had led me to anticipate.
Sep 07, 2012 Monique rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 rea ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dress 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
Natascia Luchetti
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 è 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 Wittmore è una donna con più debolez ...more
Jessica Armstrong
Aug 18, 2014 Jessica Armstrong rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so confusing to read that I only made it through the prologue and a couple chapters before blinking my eyes rapidly and tossing it to the side to start a different one.

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
surrender your
Dec 08, 2011 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 piè 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 attirerò il disprezzo della maggior parte di voi lettori… ma perdonatemi se preferisco fare sogni tranquilli la notte!).
Quando mi
Madeline Ashby
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 emer ...more
Mar 23, 2012 J.N. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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 ...more
Aug 25, 2013 Kellybrianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of Susie Moloney before I saw this book (oddly enough we're from the same town) but I really loved the sound of it & thought I'd give it a try. And I'm very glad I did. It's a fantastic read, a really perfect summer book. It is a book about witches but it's not in an overally silly or forced kind of way. Paula returns to her hometown when her mother falls ill. Along with her is her 12 year old daughter rowan. Little do they know of the legacy they are a part of.

The characte
Nikki H
May 21, 2015 Nikki H rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated this book. If I could give it half a star, I would and that would be solely because the idea was there, but the book itself was a miserable piece of work. Don't be fooled by the description or the wonderful cover as both make the book sound and appear to be better than it actually is.
To start, I found this book hard to read in the sense that half the time I never knew who was actually talking or what was going on. I found myself rereading chunks to try and make sense of the random breaks
Amy W.
Oct 21, 2014 Amy W. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book
Haven Woods ha un piccolo problema di sovrappopolazione felina

Non è uno dei libri più brutti che abbia mia letto, ma di certo non mi ha entusiasmato molto. Le atmosfere inquietanti e cariche di tensione erano riportate bene, così come i legami delle “tredici” e le difficoltà delle loro vite, eppure, mentre leggevo, nella mia testa si era quasi creata una serie televisiva.
Forse un adattamento sullo schermo avrebbe reso meglio questo libro, perché lo stile mi è sembrato troppo semplice e veloce pe
Alice Den
In simplest terms, I pretty much devoured this story. Reading cover to cover in one day, it was an easy read but still held a fast enough pace to keep my attention for most of a lazy day. Combining the right amount of creepy, I found Moloney's inner monologue-ing moments very intriguing and unique to each character. Where I feel the book falls flat, is with the untapped potential for a social commentary based on shallow suburban living. Moloney makes light nudges in this direction, but never goe ...more
Kelly Stubbart
A kitschy witch story. I thought the book was mildly entertaining, but lacked substantial character development. Also, as a former wiccan, I found the author's use of Wicca terms without any real explanation troublesome. The author did not seem to grasp any of the implications of her character's personal gain actions. I have found that Wicca has a very strong code of ethics and nobody I know would ever attempt any of the described actions on a sabbat or an esbat. I guess since the book is fictio ...more
Katrina Traylor
Jul 15, 2015 Katrina Traylor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was very interested in the plot of this book. The synopsis made it sound like an intriguing, thoughtful, clever story about a coven of witches living in suburbia, but the writing and flow to the end of the novel was disappointing. Not only was the book poorly written and riddled with grammatical errors, which I had difficulty slogging past, the characters and plot lacked depth. I wanted more detail, more action. Reading through felt like a race from start to finish (and not in a good way), wit ...more
Quick read. Reminded me of a lot of 80's horror; quick plot, fairly 2D/simplistic characters (cliched perhaps is a better word) happy ending for the "good guys". However, that doesn't make it a bad book.

I enjoy a good B-movie and thats what this would be if it were ever adapted for a screen. Coven of witches falling apart at the seams needing to add another member and find a suitable offering for their dark master so they can get back to their perfect lives; cliched sure, but still fun to read a
Dec 31, 2013 Tiffany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can't even begin to express the wrong things with this book... It's the last time that I'll pick a book up based on the comments that are written on the front of the book, because it did not bode well for me this time. As far as storyline goes, I've heard this one before. A mom down on her luck heads back to her childhood home with her daughter, who she had very young, because her mom has taken suddenly ill. Both mother and daughter slowly start to realize that something is wrong with the town ...more
Nov 29, 2015 Ramona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was interested in the story because it involves a large group of women that never intended to be witches but to create a better life for themselves and thier families they dabbled in the black arts. I did find some things pretty annoying though. The women were so stupid and thoughtless, when the wrong move or word could cost them death they did crazy things anyway. The head witch Izzy and her daughter Marla seemed to be the only sane(using that word
Jun 05, 2016 Gabrielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Surprisingly Enjoyable

I was not expecting to like this book. I was anticipating much heavy sighing and eye-rolling on my part. I thought I knew what was coming: a Practical Magic with the serial numbers filed off – another story about witches by way of white women in New England. Another parade of chemistry-less romances and familial issues, perhaps adding a touch of classist melodrama to really give the characters something to whine about. And for the most part, that isn’t an inaccurate sum
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It's not something I would go looking for, it was a buy from a used bookstore that I was selling books to. The concept was really interesting, though, and Moloney gives you just enough information as you go to make your own theories, dropping clues to make you re-think them as you go along until you get the whole picture. Even for adult fiction, it was a lot darker than I expected it to be, in a good way. Moloney keeps you guessing until almost the very e ...more
Just how far are you willing to go to secure your family’s happiness, health, and prosperity? Would you go as far as selling your soul to achieve your heart’s desire? This is just one aspect of Susie Moloney’s latest, The Thirteen. Not only does she explore the lengths to which a woman will go to achieve her dreams, she explores its aftermath as well. Just how low will a person crawl in order to maintain the status quo and avoid losing everything? Therein lies the mystery and the drama.

The bigge
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It had a definite Stephen King vibe all through it and they may have played a huge factor into why I liked it so much, because Stephen King is the master in my own humble opinion. But yes, it was definitely there, the way her words played out and the way Moloney used them. It was there in the constant eerie and dark mystery, and then again in the random dashes of ill humor. There was even a mention of his name within the book, so I'm thinking perhaps Susie Moloney ...more
Mar 27, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Thirteen is a Novel by Susie Moloney from William Morrow.


Haven Woods is a suburban heaven, a great place to raise a family. It’s close to the city, quiet, with terrific 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 emot
Apr 25, 2012 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really dislike giving books this low a rating especially since for the most part I am pretty good about pre-screening books so I am choosing books that I am likely to enjoy at least to some extent. Sadly, it took several tries to even finish this book and I never came to really enjoy it.
None of the characters really grabbed me other than the dog, Old Tex. Truly, he was the only character that I felt for and wanted to shed a tear for at the unfairness of the life he lives. I found Paula to be a
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Paula Wittmore, 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 t
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A confusing mesh of witchery and deceit.

Opening Sentence: The drunk at table eight was shouting something at the dancer.

The Review:

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 s
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
This was definitely a creepy read. I finished it late at night and didn't really want to let the dog out one more time before I went to bed! Haven Woods is home to The Thirteen - Thirteen women that have changed over time, adding members when necessary to keep the number current, each sacrificing something along the way. These women are drawn in, the younger ones because of selfish desires, their priorities not quite what they should be - the older ones who were searching for a better life for t ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Aug 16, 2011 Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first discovered Canadian author Susie Moloney when I read her novel A Dry Spell way back in 1997. She followed that up with The Dwelling in 2003. Both seemed to fall under the horror genre - a la Stephen King - with everyday occurrences and things becoming sinister, such as a lack of rain and a house that just won't sell. But Moloney also does a fine job of exploring reactions and behaviour as a result of those occurrences.

Moloney's latest novel - The Thirteen - centres on the perfect li
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