29 June 2015

Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill

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 grand.

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? Center of Gravity weaves a chilling tale, revealing the unfailing and dangerous truth that things – and people – are not always what they seem.

Laura McNeill’s Center of Gravity had me hooked from the very start. As Ava Carson’s ostensibly perfect life quickly and unexpectedly crumbles around her, she must fight against the false yet convincing accusations and manipulations of her once charming, but now controlling husband. The unfolding drama, told through shifting perspectives among the key characters, is well-paced and action-filled, and McNeill proves entirely capable of weaving a thrillingly creepy and captivating tale. I couldn’t put this book down, as my heart broke for Ava in her desperation and hoped for a satisfying outcome - and I especially enjoyed eight-year-old Jack’s narrations as he incorporated a variety of superheroes into his experiences. Fans of thrillers won’t be disappointed by Center of Gravity - I recommend it and look forward to reading more from Laura McNeill in the future.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers, I received a copy of Center of Gravity and the opportunity to honestly review it. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. (I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

About the Author
Laura McNeill is a writer, web geek, travel enthusiast, and coffee drinker. In her former life, she was a television news anchor for CBS News affiliates in New York and Alabama. Laura holds a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and is completing a graduate program in interactive technology at the University of Alabama. When she’s not writing and doing homework, she enjoys running, yoga, and spending time at the beach. She lives in Mobile, AL with her family.

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