ARC Review: Center of Gravity

Title: Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: advanced ebook from publisher through in exchange for an honest review.
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Fiction

This title is due to be released July 14, 2015

Synopsis: 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?

(44)Review: This book keeps you on edge, switching back and forth between different characters you get to see each persons point of view, their feelings and motivations.  The hardest ones to read were written as if Jack, Mitchell's son from his first marriage, were talking.  The struggle between loving his dad but knowing he is a monster and loving his mother Ava but not wanting to get in trouble for caring about her made my heart ache for him.  I felt like the photo on the cover hanging on by a thread cheering for Ava and hoping that Mitchell gets his due.

The manipulations and insanity are terrifying because you can see how easily it could happen to someone. There were a few times I wanted to scream at Ava to wake up and realize how dangerous Mitchell is. The same could be said for some of the other characters in the book, but sociopaths are such likable people most of the time and rarely show their true colors in public.  It is super frustrating watching Mitchell mold his world to his whim and have people fall in line believing his every word but it happens all the time.

I found myself super invested in these characters which kept me turning the pages when I really should have been doing other things.  Great read, fabulous beach read (just remember to turn over every now and then).