'Stellar cliffhangers' - New Netflix thriller has viewers gripped

Virgin Radio

28 Nov 2023, 18:05

Scenes from A Nearly Normal Family

Credit: Netflix

Netflix continues to solidify its reputation for delivering captivating and gripping thrillers, and its latest addition, A Nearly Normal Family, is no exception.

Viewers are buzzing with excitement as they immerse themselves in this new Swedish show, based on M. T. Edvardsson’s novel, which has quickly become a sensation on Netflix.

The narrative revolves around the Sandell family—lawyer Ulrika (Lo Kauppi), priest Adam (Bjorn Bengtsson), and their teenage daughter Stella (Alexandra Karlsson Tyrefors). The family's seemingly idyllic life takes a dark turn when Stella is charged with the murder of her boyfriend, who is 15 years her senior.

Across the six-part series, the lives of Stella and her parents unravel as hidden secrets emerge.

The Sandells, striving to maintain their picture-perfect family image and protect their daughter, grapple with their own revelations.

The audience is left in suspense, questioning whether Stella is genuinely guilty or if she's a victim of a wrongful accusation.

The show has ignited a wildfire of enthusiasm among viewers. One fan passionately encourages others, stating: "Y’all need to watch this!! Finished in a day."

The series has garnered multiple perfect scores, with one fan rating it '10/10,' and another expresses their enjoyment, having binged it all in one night.

Even those who weren't initially convinced found themselves irresistibly drawn into the narrative.

One viewer admits they were 'hooked enough to finish it' while another highlights the show's unique pacing, describing it as: "deliciously slow but with absolutely stellar cliffhangers at the end of each episode that kept momentum going!"

Meanwhile, on Rotten Tomatoes, the series has achieved an average audience score of 86%, with one review reading: "A Nearly Normal Family is really worth watching. Great storyline, acting and well paced. I would have to say it’s one of the best limited series I have seen to date and hopefully there will be more on this level in the future. Do yourself a favour and binge watch this one. You won’t be disappointed."

The synopsis of the series sets the tone: "The world of a seemingly perfect family shatters when a shocking murder proves that they’re willing to make desperate moves to protect one another."

Director Per Hanefjord, sharing insights into the series, notes: "From the first encounter with this story, I have appreciated that it really has something at heart."

"‘It raises complex issues, offers depth of character, and all the while with engaging suspense."

A Nearly Normal Family is available to watch on Netflix.