The Family at No. 12, a review by Shelley

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Anita Waller

Boldwood Books
Expected Publication November 29th, 2022
294 pages
By: Boldwood Books
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It is really hard to write a review for this book. Did I think it was perfect? No. It was a bit over the top for me. Did I find it wildly entertaining? Yes. So much so that I read it in a single sitting. I also think the author very accurately described a thirteen-year-old girl who has never seen the light of day outside of her room. She was so unknowing and naΓ―ve, Anita Waller voiced that very well.

But then Marta grows up and it turns out she is very smart, artistically talented, and extremally manipulative. I really enjoyed the beginning of the story, before Marta is born and when she is a small child. I even really liked when she got adopted and started her homeschooling, it was fascinating to read about. Where I think the story lost me is when Marta grew into a young adult/teen, the storyline really got crazy then, but for some reason, I just could not put this book down. It was just so compelling and I just couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I think for the entertainment value alone this book deserves four stars. I think this would make an excellent movie too. I own Gamble by this author and I can’t wait to see what she came up with in that one.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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