The Family at No. 13

Written by S. D. Monaghan


The most perfect lives can hide the darkest secrets…

Mary has everything. Beautiful and rich, she lives on an exclusive street in the heart of the city, in a house with gorgeous views and an immaculately maintained garden. Her life looks perfect.

But behind closed doors the truth is very different. Her husband Andrew barely speaks to her, spending his days down in the basement alone. Her teenage nephew is full of rage, lashing out with no warning. Her carefully constructed life is beginning to fall apart.

And then someone starts sending Mary anonymous notes, threatening her and her family…

Everyone has secrets. But is someone at number 13 hiding something that could put the whole family in danger?




Very Cleverly Written!   5 stars

My first thought on beginning to read this one was that it’s so different to the author’s debut novel; my second thought was that it’s even more addictive!

This is a story full of twists, secrets and lies. The revelations pop up when you least expect them – it’s very cleverly written. I found myself sucked in to Mary’s life .. perfect it may seem, but it’s also a strange one. There is a brief insight into the end of the story at the beginning, and from time to time I pondered on this. It’s an intricate part of the tale but certainly not all of it. There are a lot of threads to this book, all knitted and knotted together. Nothing is what it seems and if you try to work out what’s going on as you read, you could end up totally confused. But it’s so worth reading .. a real psychological thriller, definitely my favourite kind and S. D. Monaghan is on my radar for his next release.

The Family at No. 13 hooked me within the first few pages; there is a lot to understand and work out, but come the final page there are no loose ends which I always appreciate in any novel. This is, without a doubt, a five star read and one I’m happy to recommend.

My grateful thanks to publishers Bookouture for approving my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: psychological thriller



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1298 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Bookouture
  • Publication Date: 27 April 2018
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Meet the Author


51SfAPMoczL._SY200_S. D. Monaghan grew up in Dublin, before travelling extensively in Asia, Europe and America. After teaching English in Thailand for two years, he moved back to Ireland and gained an honours degree in psychology. While living in Canada for four years, he studied screenwriting in Toronto. S. D. Monaghan completed the Masters in Creative Writing at Trinity College, Dublin.




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