Center of Gravity...very disappointing


Title:  Center of Gravity
Author:  Laura McNeill
Pages:  314
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Ava Carson has married the man of her dreams, but he has turned into the man of her nightmares.  They have been married for about three years and have one child together.  She has adopted Mitchell’s 8-year-old son from his previous marriage that ended with his first wife’s death approximately five years ago.  As the relationship has progressed, Mitchell has become more and more controlling.  Ava has been making excuses for him because his job is stressful or he is just a perfectionist.  She now is beginning to realize how controlling and manipulative he is.  If he can’t control her, then he will not be in a relationship with her.  As a child custody battle ensues, Ava never dreams how far Mitchell will go to get his way.  With the children’s lives at stake, Ava will do anything necessary to protect them.
Negatives:  First off, this is not a Christian book even though it is marketed by a Christian publisher and aimed toward a Christian reading market.  There is a lot of swearing in the book.  There is also a brief appearance of a gay couple.  There is a flashback scene from the honeymoon that is far more detailed than one would expect in a Christian book.  None of the characters have a relationship with God, who is never mentioned.  The 8-year-old boy in the story is too mature for the most part and seemed more like a 12- or 13-year-old a lot of the time.  This book could have been picked up in any secular location as there is nothing Christian or faith-focused about it.  I am disappointed in the publishing company.
Positives:  This is a talented author, who has written a good psychological thriller that could have been great without the negatives mentioned above.  I really liked her writing style.  There is a tension-filled and climactic ending, and the story as a whole will keep readers on pace with quick turning of the pages.  I also liked the changing points of view from Ava to Jack to Mitchell, etc…  I thought that worked very well in the story.
My rating is 2 stars.

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