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The Thirteen
Susie Moloney
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The Thirteen

3.05 of 5 stars 3.05  ·  rating details  ·  525 ratings  ·  141 reviews
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 mothe...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2011)
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Amy Lignor
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...more
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,...more
Ann Douglas
A fairly predictable horror novel without the underlying social critique the cover copy had led me to anticipate.
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...more
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
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
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
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...more
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...more
Jessica Armstrong
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
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
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...more
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
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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
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...more
I just wasn't really compelled by any of the characters here, it was a bit of a trek to finish the book when I didn't much care who lived or died. Also, I get the desire not to lay out all of the characters' history and detail all the supernatural stuff in a big expository block, but given that we get internal narratives from a number of characters on the "inside" of the witches' circle, it would have been nice to have someone think a little bit more explicitly about what was going on before, sa...more
Two catch phrases ascribed to this book are “The Witches of Eastwick meets Desperate Housewives” and “A circle of friends will support you through bad times. A circle of witches can drag you through hell.” With that kind of advertising this book seemed right up my alley … reading wise. The reality of it all … not so much!

Haven Woods seems like the perfect, picturesque little town. Perfect houses, perfect lives, almost perfect everything. We meet the town “clique”, thirteen women who seem to have...more
Amanda Murphy
So I just finished reading this book last night. It was quite good, definitely interesting. I like the concept of the book and the the secret known to the reader. When it comes to the characters there were only a couple I actually got attached to. I got too ticked at some of them.. Though I assume that was the point.

I found it took a while to get into. Got to know the main character quite well. The one man of the book was definitely lovable. The interactions with animals were great, the cats v...more
Ohhhhh. I wanted to like this one. I really did. When I read what this book was about, I immediately went to take it out of the library and giggled with glee as I didn’t have to put it on hold or anything. It did have it’s great moments! I was all ready for a really nice dark gothy read! I loved the idea of a cat filled town (furbabies!!!) where things aren’t what they seem. The town had a nice dark theme to it, almost akin to Witches of Eastwick mixed with Stepford Wives theme. So that in itsel...more
If you combine the original "Stepford Wives" with" Desperate Housewives" and add in a soupcon of "Practical Magic" you may have a good idea what to expect with this book.

This book was filled with spookiness, malice, meanness, cruelty and a ton of tension, and that was just amongst those who liked each other.
The characters are very well written with enough depth that I could really 'see' them in my mind. I could visualize everything about the town, the women, their lives.

The build up and extreme...more
Ultimately, this story was about the history, and the future, of a coven of thirteen women. Brought together by their willingness to make sacrifices to get what they desired most - successful business, syndicated television show, or to fit into a size 4 - The Thirteen needs numbers most of all. When one of them betrays the rest, another sacrifice needs to be made.

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, wh...more
Midnyte Reader
I took this out of the library because I read a few of the author's books a very long time ago. Plus the cover and the tagline had my spooky senses (which are kind of like Spidey senses) tingling.

At the beginning I was confused as to who the characters were and who was important. This quickly passed and I got into the groove of the book.

Ironically, this book reminded me of the audio book I was also listening to at the same time. It has similar elements. A family moves to town, strange things ha...more
The Thirteen was one of those delicious novels that sucked me in right away. Moloney also managed an awesome POV, that was third person but switched between what character the reader got insight into, which made everyone (especially Paula and Rowan, but also many of the more sinister characters) intriguing and relateable in some way. I found every character in the novel– and there were a lot of them– unique, even if there were a few that made me uncomfortable... mostly one lady who had her finge...more
Frishawn Rasheed
This book has a serious case of "it would have been so much better if."

The List
1. It would have been so much better if the villains in this story had been younger. If the synopsis is to be believed, readers will be expecting "Desperate Housewives and what we get is "The Life and Times of Bewitched Gone Wrong." n th

2. It would have been so much better if so much of the story did not center around the death of one person.
True this person is of great import to the central characters of the story,...more
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