Dark Horses

Dark Horses

A darkly gripping debut novel about a teenage girl’s fierce struggle to reclaim her life from her abusive father.

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.

Title:Dark Horses
ISBN:9781982133849
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    Dark Horses Reviews

  • Tina

    WOW...I could not put this book down. This is a fiction book that has a lot of hard to read topics in it. This book made me feel so much, but I have to say a lot of hard to read things happens in this...

  • Will Byrnes

    ”The dominant stallion chases even off his male offspring when they’re two or three years old. It avoids inbreeding. Nature’s smart.”…”What about the female offspring?” Will said. “...

  • Dennis

    If someone told me that I'd be giving a book about a teenage girl riding horses 5 stars, I'd tell you that you were crazy. Susan Mihalic's Dark Horses is so, so much more than that. I cannot belie...

  • Catherine Woodward

    Haunting, disturbing, powerful, and completely unforgettable! Roan has never known life outside of a saddle: her father was an Olympic rider, and has brought her up deeply engrossed and embedded in th...

  • Bonnie Brody

    Dark Horses could have been a compelling novel if it had rung true or let readers think for themselves. Every response to horrific acts of sexual abuse were described graphically and the narrator exhi...

  • Rachel

    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 a...

  • Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    Perhaps it was because of having four daughters and going through the turbulent teenage years that made this story resonate with me. Perhaps it as because I had liked My Dark Vanessa, where the author...

  • Kelli

    Behold my unpopular opinion for a book that currently, inexplicably has a 4.01 rating on Goodreads:This book reads like a cross between YA romance and "hot daddy punishes naughty daughter" porny Wattp...

  • SheLovesThePages

    •Description•Very DarkHorse CompetitionDesperation•Rating•⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐5/5 starsMust Read•Review•So right away, I need to say that this has some dark subject matter....but realistic subj...

  • Denise

    This is the second intense book I have read lately on the subject of sexual abuse, and I've definitely had enough of that subject for the time being. I had the same feeling when I finished reading thi...