Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill

25265721Published July 14th 2015 by Thomas Nelson

Adult, Suspense, Psychological-Thriller, Domestic-Abuse. Crime

Paperback provided by Publisher

My Rating 4.5 Stars

b009a-dad13-add-to-goodreads-button3The 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.

MY THOUGHTS This is my very first McNeill read, and I’m glad to say that it won’t be my last. Even with it’s daring subject matter, I was not able to put it down. The author shines a light on domestic abuse (whether it’s verbal or physical) that will keep you turning the pages. I have hope that someone else in a situation like this, will find the strength to leave before it’s too late. And, even though not all situations have a husband with a background so disturbing, this will still hit close to home for a lot of women.

Ava thought that she had found her happily ever after in Mitchell Carson and his son, Jack. Soon, she’s married, an adoptive mother to Jack, and expecting her first child. But things aren’t as good as they seem. Mitchell starts to show a dark side, one that slowly unravels at the seams. He’s jealous, controlling, and manipulative. After Ava displeases him on so many (ridiculous) levels, he moves out and files for divorce. He then asks to see the boys, and doesn’t return them afterwards. Ava is stunned (As am I). He throws his weight around town by calling lawyers before Ava can get the chance. Only one comes to the rescue, Graham. With his help, Ava tries to get her boys away from the monster that is her soon-to-be ex husband. And the more she digs, the more disturbing the story becomes.

This story has multiple POVs. From Ava, to her taunting husband, and even little Jack. It was so easy for me to think that Ava is a stupid character. I have no right to the thought since I haven’t been in her shoes, so it was quickly thrown to the wayside. She, like most women in this situation, was trying to do what was best for her children. What was interesting to me was the way Graham, her lawyer, swooped in. All it takes is that one person to help you shed some light on your messed up situation. During all of the proceedings and name calling, Ava realizes that she doesn’t know the man that she married. At all. He is like a completely different person than the one she fell for. That was the whole point girlfriend. He wanted you to fall head over heals so that he could f**k you in the end. But, as they say, Trouble don’t last always, and karma is a b****.

A very emotional read, that I will definitely recommend to readers of crime and suspense. A great Southern mystery to add to your shelf, and one of many by this author that I will be adding soon. Great read!


12 thoughts on “Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill

  1. Oh this sounds so good! I’m glad that Ava got Graham to help her! What a horrible and scary situation. It’s even worse when children are involved. How can she ever get this abuser out of her life. I love a good mystery and suspense. I can tell that this was a real page turner! Excellent Review Lekeisha 🙂


  2. Oh wow this seems like a very powerful read. I can’t imagine being in Ava;s situation at all and when he takes her sons away… whoa. I wouldn’t know what to think. It sounds like the author did a wonderful job with handling this subject.


    • It’s a great read with interesting plot points. It sure makes you think about other situations like this because some ppl have no clue as to what goes on behind closed doors.


  3. Oh man, this definitely seems like a tough read. I don’t shy away from subject matters of any kind, but if it’s one thing that gets my blood boiling it’s domestic abuse. I remember I read a book about abuse ages ago, and girl it pissed me off so much I couldn’t finish it! I think because I’m so head strong, I used to find it so difficult to level with the person to figure out why they weren’t getting out as soon as they could you know? This sounds like a thought-provoking read that would seriously keep you on edge! Great review girlie 🙂


  4. It is so easy to think or say that “you should’ve done this” or “you shouldn’t have allowed that”, but when there’s another person in the equation and an innocent one at that, it gets complicated. We try our best to shield our kids from anything that might hurt them and sometimes that means we have to carry the brunt on their behalf. And yes, that includes being stupid hehehe


    • I know. Even as the thought came, I was mad at myself for thinking it. There are way too many women in situations like this that need help. It’s not easy getting away.


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