Center of Gravity

Narrated by: Lisa Larsen
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
4 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Center of Gravity weaves a chilling tale, revealing the unfailing and dangerous truth that marriages - and the people inside them - are not always what they seem. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train.

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? 

“A bold, poignant look into an imploding marriage...compelling, fierce, and ultimately hopeful” (Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times best-selling author of Someone Else’s Love Story)

“A breathless, gut-wrenching, satisfying page turner about the real superheroes of the world who stand up to evil and won’t back down.” (Erin Healy, author of The Baker’s Wife)

©2015 Laura McNeill (P)2015 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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Ava Carson, I am woman,here me roar😃!

I loved the book because of the chemistry between Jack, Sam, and Ava. I thought that it sass hilarious when Mitchell was

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Great Book

Beautiful ending ! thank you for acknowledging mothers as super heros. ..we are! I fell in love with Jack and his love for super heros..he is my hero. and eva..she is Wonder mom. on the other hand Mitchell is truly the evil villian. I really enjoyed this book.

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Excellent listen...

Would you consider the audio edition of Center of Gravity to be better than the print version?

I could never choose between reading and listening as I enjoy both. This is the first book of Laura McNeill's that I have listened to and definitely plan to read. This is absolutely one I will listen to again and again.

What other book might you compare Center of Gravity to and why?

Survivor in Death by J.D. Robb. The way these stories unfold keeps you intrigued. These are excellent novels. How they are written and read is so vivid, the reader and listener can picture in their mind all that is happening.

What about Lisa Larsen’s performance did you like?

Lisa Larsen's story telling ability is awesome. She, like narrator Susan Erickson, recites the book so well that a person can visualize the characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Totally mixed - laughter, fear, outrage and profound satisfaction while listening to this story unfold.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait to listen and read Laura McNeill's next book, which I hope will continue with Lisa Larsen as narrator.

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Excellent narration of a gripping story

A good story that keeps you listening. Well developed characters brought to life by an excellent narrator. The story has six first-person accounts interwoven in the timeline of the story. And you always know whose view of the action is being told.