Published by Little Brown on July 26th 2016
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Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to supporting their daughter, Devon’s dreams of one day becoming an Olympic Gymnast. Did anyone feel bad about their son, Drew, forced to play second fiddle to his sister’s greatness? Obviously, I did. Devon is a top gymnast and pat of a community of mean people, wait, I meant to say supportive people who will do anything (cover up anything) to see that their kid (s) and their champion make it in the Gymnastic world. They are like soccer moms but in leotards – well maybe the Moms aren’t in leotards but you know what I mean.
No one, except for Drew, in this book is likable. They all have an agenda – getting to the Olympics at all costs.
So a character is killed in a hit and run. Enter mystery stage left. But wait! Is his death really a mystery? In the book it is, but I thought it could have been either 1 or 2 of the characters easily. Guess what? I was right! I found the mystery to not be a page turner, be be pretty damn predictable, and the reveal came off more like a sizzle than a pop.
Was this what the Author was going for? Maybe she didn’t want to keep us guessing. Maybe the book was more about family secrets, drive, pressure, disloyalty, turning a blind eye, putting your morals and judgement in your back pocket while you attempt to win at any cost. Whatever she was going for….it didn’t quite get there for me.
I found this book to be okay, sometimes good but not great