A Nearly Normal Family by M. T. Edvardsson [5/10]

When a teenage girl is accused of murder in “A Nearly Normal Family,” her pastor father and lawyer mother flesh out three seesawing perspectives in a courtroom drama redolent of Scott Turow’s “Presumed Innocent.” Core strengths of the book are a jigsaw puzzle plot, the immersive in-your-thoughts style, and a certain Swedish sensibility. Grab it if you’re in need of propulsion. All that said, I found all three of the characters to be uninvolving, as if viewed through cotton wool. Pleasant but not transporting.

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