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?
Center of Gravity weaves a chilling tale, revealing the unfailing and dangerous truth that things—and people—are not always what they seem.
This was my first Laura Mc Neill book but it certainly won't be my last!
Life should be perfect for Ava. She has a husband who loves her and a stepson whom she adores. So why isn't she happy?
The problem is her husband Mitchel. Ever since the birth of her son he began to change. A nasty streak has emerged from within him.
"Monsters don't have to be green or crazy with gnashing teeth. They look like regular people. What's different - what makes them mean or bad - is on the inside"
This is one of my favorite quotes from this novel. Evil is so much more dangerous when you don't see it coming. It's always the threat we don't see that does the most damage.
The change in Mitchel is so gradual that Ava tries to convince herself that it's her that has the problem, not him and this is exactly what he wants her to believe. While she doubts she is easier to control.
I found this book hard to put down because it was written so well. Mitchell's ability to manipulate everyone around him kept me turning the pages. It was scary how everyone just believed him and turned against Ava.
I could have read this in one sitting if it wasn't for having to, you know, eat and live and stuff!!
What I also loved about Center of gravity is that we also get to hear of what domestic violence is like from a child's point of view. Too often these stories are only told from the point of the abuser and the victim and we can forget that the children suffer just as much. I really felt for poor Jack and his absolute fear of his father.
I connected with every single character on some level in center of Gravity. The characters are so real and that's down to the great writing.
I can't wait to read more of Laura's books
Laura adores hot coffee, good manners, the color pink, and novels that keep her reading past midnight. She believes in the beauty of words, paying it forward, and that nerds rule the world. Laura is a fan of balmy summer nights, fireflies, and pristine mountain lakes. She lives in Mobile, Alabama with her two sons.