Suburban housewives may have a reputation for ruthlessness, but renowned Canadian horror author Susie Moloney's The Thirteen makes Stepford Wives-style collusion even creepier with the addition of witchcraft. Stage and screen actress Tess Malis Kincaid brings an ominous tension to her reading, her deep and expressive voice compelling listeners as she tells the story of Paula Wittmore, an ex-strip club waitress who returns to quiet, peaceful Haven Woods to tend to her ailing mother. But it turns out her mother has a dark secret: namely, her tight circle of female friends, who like to keep their number at 13. Genuinely chilling, The Thirteen will make listeners look twice at their neighbors.
The Witches of Eastwick meets Desperate Housewives in Susie Moloney's The Thirteen, a Globe and Mail Best Book.
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. The streets are clean, people keep their yards really nice. It's fairly pet-friendly, though barking dogs are not welcomed. The crime rate is practically non-existent, unless you count the odd human sacrifice, dismemberment, animal attack, demon rape and blood atonement.
When Paula Wittmore goes home to Haven Woods to care for a suddenly ailing mother, she brings her daughter and a pile of emotional baggage. She also brings the last chance for twelve of her mother's closest frenemies, who like to keep their numbers at thirteen. And her daughter, young, innocent, is a worthy gift to the darkness.A circle of friends will support you through bad times. A circle of witches can drag you through hell.
This reminded me of "The Night Strangers" by C Bohjalian in that there were a whole load of female characters in a town, and they seemed to have a lot of power over the whole community.
A single mum and her daughter go back to their hometown to visit the ailing gran. A local haunted house and strange behaviour make them realise all is not right back home.
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