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Dark Horses

by Susan Mihalic

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Dark Horses by  Susan   Mihalic
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    Feb 2021, 352 pages

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Fifteen-year-old Roan Montgomery's entire life revolves around horses and equestrian eventing. While she relishes the time spent on horseback and dreams of an Olympic future, riding is also a way for her abusive father to exert control.

Dark Horses is a shocking, heart-pounding debut; it's both a coming-of-age novel and an unflinching story of resilience and survival. Fifteen-year-old Roan Montgomery is an equestrian prodigy; she attends a private high school, where she is given a special schedule allowing her to miss afternoon classes to train for her horseback riding events, which are a stepping stone to her plan of one day riding in the Olympics. In spite of her shortened class schedule, Roan receives straight As, and isn't allowed to date or attend any social events outside of school. The reason why, the reader soon finds out, is disturbing and sinister: Roan's father, also her riding coach, is in complete control of every facet of her life, and on top of the daily emotional abuse he inflicts on her, he has been sexually abusing her since early childhood.

It's an uncomfortable book from start to finish, and I ...

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