Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk.
Megan Abbott has written a few books, none of which have I read. This is a well-written suspense novel. There are lies, secrets and anxious moments on nearly every page.
To add dysfunctional parents and highly strung teenagers to the already fraught environment, this is set in the world of competitive gymnastics, where everything is forsaken and abandoned, for the sake of pursuing a child prodigy's flimsy dream of becoming an olympic athlete.
An excellent depiction of the stressed and broken world we live in, and the disastrous outcomes possible. I'm not sure I like the title - it's a tad forgettable, but the plot moves at a great pace, from the point of view of Katie, Devon's mom.
An exciting 4 stars.
If you read and enjoyed this, you may also like Try not to Breathe by Holly Seddon or The Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh or what about Megan Miranda's All the Missing Girls. Also good is Night Road by Kristin Hannah.