Thursday, October 8, 2015

Review: Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill

Center of Gravity
by Laura McNeill

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 320
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  The truth could cost her everything.

Her whole life, Ava Carson has been sure of one thing: she doesn t measure up to her mother's expectations. So when Mitchell Carson sweeps into her life with his adorable son, the ready-made family seems like a dream come true. In the blink of an eye, she s married, has a new baby, and life is wonderful.

Or is it?

When her picture-perfect marriage begins unraveling at the seams, Ava convinces herself she can fix it. It s temporary. It s the stress. It s Mitchell s tragic history of loss.

If only Ava could believe her own excuses.

Mitchell is no longer the charming, thoughtful man she married. He grows more controlling by the day, revealing a violent jealous streak. His behavior is recklessly erratic, and the unanswered questions about his past now hint at something far more sinister than Ava can stomach. Before she can fit the pieces together, Mitchell files for divorce and demands full custody of their boys.

Fueled by fierce love for her children and aided by Graham Thomas, a new attorney in town, Ava takes matters into her own hands, digging deep into the past. But will finding the truth be enough to beat Mitchell at his own game?

Kritters Thoughts:  Told through many points of view, Center of Gravity is an interesting look into what could seemingly be the perfect new American family, but once inside their home the perfection wears off.  Ava has been married to Mitchell for a few years and has recently officially adopted his son from a previous relationship and they also now have an infant son who is around the age of one.  After a great courtship and early marriage, things start to change.

This book was definitely hard to read at times and I had to put it down a few moments, but there was something that really set this book apart for me.  As I mentioned above, the book is told through a few points of view and the two that are in this book that really matter are the adopted son who is eight years old and Mitchell himself.  From the beginning the reader is able to get into his mind as he wreaks havoc on his wife and kids, but keeps a face at his job.  Although again hard to read at times, I was intrigued to read the parts that came from his point of view just to see "his side" of things.

An interesting read that I would definitely warn if you are sensitive to this matter, this book may not be for you.  Its weird to say I enjoyed it, but I did.  I enjoyed reading this families saga and this mother's fight to get what is her right despite what the court believes to be true and with a husband who can manipulate anyone.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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