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Monday, July 20, 2015

Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill (Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Center of Gravity by Author Laura McNeill!

Book Review

Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill
Publisher: Thomas Nelson / Harper Collins
Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Format: Hardcover & Paperback - 320 pages
               Kindle - 1276 KB
               Nook - 1 MB
ISBN: 978-0718030902
Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Thriller / Women's Fiction

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.

Book Description:

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.

My Book Review:

Center of Gravity is a riveting suspense thriller that easily draws the reader into Ava and Carson Mitchell's disintegrating family dynamic when jealousy, suspicions of adultery, rage, and dark secrets from the past come to the surface.

In her debut novel, author Laura McNeill weaves a compelling and powerful tale that takes the reader on one hell of a thrilling roller coaster ride as Ava and Carson's chilling story unfolds. Told in the alternating perspectives of five main characters, the reader can't help but get caught up in the drama, tension, suspense, and intriguing twists and turns, as the once picture perfect Mitchell family disintegrates into a haunting tale that makes the reader pause and wonder just how well you really know a person. I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into each of the main characters' minds with their alternating perspectives, the storyline flows smoothly from one perspective to the next, intertwining them into one heck of gripping tale that is simply stunning.

If you want a fast paced realistic psychological thriller that pulls out all the stops and keeps you captivated until the surprising explosive conclusion, then Center of Gravity is a must read! I could easily see this novel as a Lifetime Channel movie, it is one of those rare riveting stories that will stay with the reader for a long time.


About The Author

Laura McNeill 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.

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Virtual Book Tour

Tour Schedule:

July 13 - Postcard Reviews
July 13 - Go Book Yourself
July 15 - The Book Bag
July 17 - Jersey Girl Book Reviews
July 17 - Little Miss Drama Queen
July 20 - Storm Goddess Book Reviews
July 20 Forget the Housework I’m Reading
July 21 - Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
July 22 - Bookish
July 23 - Books and Ladders
July 23 - Annabel & Alice
July 24 - The East Village
July 24 - Cheekypee Reads and Reviews
July 27 - Lucie Simone


  1. Thank you so much Kathleen! Am thrilled to be on your website and love that you decided to take part in the CLP tour! I really appreciate the review and your heartfelt comments! xx, Laura

    1. Hi Laura! Thank you for the opportunity to host your virtual book tour event. I loved reading Center of Gravity, it was one heck of a thrilling read. :)