23 Jul 2015

Blog Tour: Review Tour | Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill

Laura McNeill will be on tour July 13-27 with her novel Center of Gravity
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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. 

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This one was so good  -- I am literally blown away with how good this one is. The only thing I did not like?? That I couldn't read it fast enough to satisfy my own needs.

The plot was very well developed. Some of it was a little obvious, but it still was suspenseful and original. I thought there could have been more about the past and how it coincides with the present, but this didn't detract from the story itself.
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I liked Ava and her children, especially Jack. I thought he was such a well developed character, although at times I had to remind myself that he was only 8 because he seemed to be written as older than that. One of the main things I found with this one was that it was a little difficult to differentiate between the different characters and their voices with the changing points of view, but it was minimal. Jack was still very well written and at times was your typical 8 year old child -- especially with his heroics at the beginning and the end. I liked that parallel.

Ava herself was probably the most interesting character. I really liked the way she stood up for herself and wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty and fight for her kids. I thought she was very clever and used her predicament to her advantage without letting Mitchell walk all over her. She was the definition of a strong female character. I can honestly say she is a female role model for me.

I would have liked more from Graham and his lawyer-ing skills. I thought there might have been a hint of romance between him and Ava, but I am glad nothing came from it at that point in time. I think he was a solid character, but I still would have liked more. I thought since he was introduced fairly early in the novel that he would have a larger role to play in the investigation; however, he still made his impact, especially by standing up for Ava at every opportunity he gets. It was also nice that he was just a side character and didn't come in to "save the day" in a sense because we got that badass scene at the end that I will forever treasure in my heart.

I have much to say about Mitchell, but I don't want to spoil anything so you'll have to read for yourselves!

Overall: 4/5 stars because it literally kept me turning pages. I could barely put it down once I started.

Author Bio 
laura mcneillLaura 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. 
You can find Laura Tweeting @Lauramcneillbks and blogging at lauramcneill.com

After July 14th, Laura’s suspense novel, Center of Gravity, can be found wherever fine books are sold.  
Book Links:  Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Goodreads


  1. Dear Jamie,

    Thank you so much for hosting Center of Gravity today! I’m thrilled to be highlighted on your website! Thank you for being part of the CLP Blog Tour!

    Hugs! Laura

    1. Thanks Laura!

      I really enjoyed your book and I am glad I could give it some exposure today (and all the other times I've tweeted about it)


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