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Center of Gravity

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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?
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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.

Contributor(s) Laura McNeill
About the Contributor(s) Laura McNeill

Laura McNeil is a writer, web geek, travel enthusiast, and coffee drinker. In her former life, she was a television news anchor for CBS News affiliates in New York and Alabama. Laura holds a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and is completing a graduate program in interactive technology at the University of Alabama. When she’s not writing and doing homework, she enjoys running, yoga, and spending time at the beach. She lives in Mobile, AL with her family.   

ISBN-10 0718030907
ISBN-13 9780718030902
Publish Date Jul 14, 2015
Weight (lbs) 1.0000
Height 8.38
Width 5.50
Length 320
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $15.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Alyssa
Overall Rating
Sometimes the recipe for a good book is an ingredients list full of Points of View. This book dishes out confusion, frustration, anger and fear and not from one main character but five! It was an amalgamation of excellence!

Center of Gravity is the story of the Carson family: Mitchell, Ava, Jack and Sam. Their brief moment of bliss is disrupted by questionable behavior, jealousy, murder and practically a complete overhaul of personality! Emotional nerves are frayed and eventually, a family broken.

McNeill wrote with fever, allowing readers to develop emotional bonds with each person involved. You either liked them, loved them or despised them. Her gift at developing personalities and situations flowed in such a manner, you felt you knew them and endured the situations alongside them. The narratives progressed without lag or disinterest, making for a great book. I found myself pacing about my hotel room from the last few chapters, clear through the epilogue.

If you're looking for a plot to chew on, feast on this book. This affective roller coaster will fill you to breaking point, leaving you both exhausted and extremely satisfied. (Posted on 8/7/2015)
Review by Prosperity
Overall Rating
This book is about a wife, husband and their two children. The wife soon finds out that the husband has quite a dark side to him and she begins to question everything that she knew to be true about him and their marriage. She ends up hiring a lawyer and the book description says he has a "secret past" and that everything changes after he stumbles into her life. I just finished reading the book today and don't remember anything about a secret past that he had.

In some ways, this book loosely reminds me of Gone Girl except that this book involves children - which makes it much more sad than Gone Girl. The children are placed in bad situations that really take away from the suspense/thriller aspect of the book if you feel sorry for the kids (like I did) which is easy to do since part of it takes place from the 8 years old's perspective. Two odd things about this book - the 8 year old gives his perspective but it definitely seems to be the perspective of a much older child, I'd say around 11 or 12; and would a lawyer ever tell a client that she should do investigating and questioning on her own? That seemed weird to me.

Anyways, this book is published by Thomas Nelson which I think is a Christian publishing company but this book did have one description of a sex scene that goes into more detail than a Christian book normally would and also has a few (about three) bad words thrown in which Christian books normally do not have. For a non-Christian book, both the sex scene description and bad words are not even noticeable, but for a Christian book - basically unheard of. There is a reason that some people read Christian books and they would expect the book to not contain descriptions or words such as those. Neither was really necessary anyways.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend it. Christian or non-Christian, there are better books out there.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” (Posted on 8/2/2015)
Review by EVIE
Overall Rating
Center Of Gravity, by Laura McNeill, is the gripping and suspenseful story about what seems to be a picture perfect family. At first, Ava Carson believes she has everything she wants. Her husband, widower Mitchell Carson, is attentive and loving. She has adopted his eight year old son, Jack. Ava and Mitchell also have a year old son named Sam. They live in a beautiful house which Mitchell feels befits his station in life. There are signs that something is not right. Mitchell doesn't want Ava to return to her job as a counselor. He had gone so far as to send in her resignation without her knowledge. Mitchell's behavior is often unpredictable and when things don't go his way he becomes incensed. Ava and Jack are careful not to trigger his temper. Ava attributes Mitchell's bizarre behavior to his stressful job. Unfortunately, there is more at play here than Mitchell's job. Their relationship begins to deteriorate. Without warning he takes the boys to their new home, which is a sparsely furnished apartment, and he files for divorce and custody. Understandably, Ava is shocked and their sons are traumatized. What follows is heart wrenching. Ava hires the new attorney in town, Graham Thomas, to represent her in her plight. What unfolds is shocking.
The story is told in the alternating voices of the characters. Perhaps the most gut wrenching voice is that of Jack's. His biological mother is dead and he has bonded with Ava. He struggles to believe Ava is responsible for the rift between her and his father as his father would have him believe. If only he was one of the super-heroes he loves to read about. His devotion to his young brother is touching. All he desires is a return to their former life. Terrified by his father, he tries to keep their new life on an even keel. Ava struggles not to fall apart in this seemingly impossible situation she finds herself in. How did this happen? Ava quickly learns that what little she knows about her husband may be a lie. Even worse, he is most probably a sociopath. She will do whatever she has to do to get her children back because her love for her children is a powerful force. This story is a powerful reminder of this. As much as Mitchell Carson personifies evil on so many levels, it pales in comparison to the strengths of Ava and Jack.

The author is a gifted story teller. She has crafted a story that draws the reader into the lives of the well drawn characters. The plot is filled with suspense and tension runs high. The story is so well told that the reader is captivated from start to finish. I highly recommend reading this powerful novel.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
(Posted on 7/6/2015)

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