Waiting For : Dark Horses by Susan Mihalic
Dark Horses by Susan Mihalic
Publishing Date: February 16, 2021
Fifteen-year-old equestrian prodigy Roan Montgomery has only ever known two worlds: inside the riding arena, and outside of it. Both, for as long as she can remember, have been ruled by her father, who demands strict obedience in all areas of her life. The warped power dynamic of coach and rider extends far beyond the stables, and Roan's relationship with her father has long been inappropriate. She has been able to compartmentalize that dark aspect of her life, ruthlessly focusing on her ambitions as a rider heading for the Olympics, just as her father had done. However, her developing relationship with Will Howard, a boy her own age, broadens the scope of her vision.
At the intersection of a commercial page-turner and urgent survivor story, Dark Horses takes the searing themes of abuse and resilience in Gabriel Tallent’s My Absolute Darling and applies the compelling exploration of female strength in Room by Emma Donoghue. In much the same way that V.C. Andrews’s Flowers in the Attic transfixed a generation of readers, Susan Mihalic’s debut is set to a steady beat that will keep you turning the pages.
I've always been drawn to dark reads, and this one fits the bill. Two years ago, I read My Absolute Darling by Gariel Tallent which tells the story about an uncomfortable relationship between an abusive father and her daughter, with whom he forced to live in isolation and abused her sexually and mentally. The result is a stunning portrayal of the scars left on a girl who couldn't tell what's right and wrong.
Dark Horses sounds about the same thing. I'm looking forward to reading this one, no matter who uncomfortable it makes me. I'm just a glutton for punishment, I guess.