Thought it was interesting... well-paced. The ending seemed to be leading up to a different ending with a more dark familial tragedy, I was surprised that it didn't go "that way."
This book is a must read for anyone who has had a child involved in competitive sports. How much are we willing to sacrifice or overlook in order for our kids to be the best? How much do our children hide from us? How easy is it to overlook signs of trouble? Too often we are quick to chalk things up to stress or lack of sleep. Or maybe we don't want to ask too many questions. It is better to give love and support and stay blind to the real problems than to push and demand answers to the hard questions. Or is it?
This book was on a "great read" summer list. It was slow, predictable and the mother was seriously annoying. I almost thought the plot of the book was an obsession the mother had with how "powerful and special" her daughter was. The end of the book felt unfinished and anticlimactic. Soooo disappointing! Hope the rest of the list is better.
Slower paced and less twisty than Gone Girl and its ilk, this is still and intriguingly twisty mystery. Unique in its setting: against the backdrop of elite gymnastics.
I enjoyed this glimpse into the life of an elite gymnast. I wish there had been more focus on that than on the mystery of who committed murder. I loved it when the parents got snarky!!
Mystery about a young gymnast and her family's obsession to have her succeed probably derived of guilty for their role in their daughter's childhood foot accident. The book delves into the intense pressure to succeed and her just trying to be an "ordinary kid", which then leads to a crises; there are plenty of people to blame here.
Not enough of thriller for me ; I give it just a sub-par rating.
Tense, almost claustrophobic thriller about a driven gymnast with Olympic goals and the driven, obsessed bubble that surrounds her: parents, coaches, boosters. Part murder mystery and part examination of the strange subculture of elite gymnastics and the lengths to which people will go so a child can become an elite athlete.
Pretty nifty thriller that keeps you guessing for a long stretch but reveals its hand as close to the climax as possible. It mostly works though the protagonist comes across as an unreliable narrator due to her emotional blinders. Also her daughter is kept a cypher throughout most of the book which in the end felt like a slight cheat. I say slight because her persona fits the discipline of an Olympic hopeful athlete. Still waters run deep as they say but hers were kept too murky.
This book is an interesting combination of mystery and family story. The mystery didn't hold my interest as much as the look at the demanding world of competitive gymnastics. So much pressure on the minds and bodies of the young woman! The parents are harried, crazed, supportive, wonderful, horrible... Good read.
Decent book. Not great.. just ok.. but absolutely horrible cop-out of an ending. It's like the writer had no clue how to finish this book and wrapped it up in 3 poorly written pages.
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