FICTION

The Horse Dancer

Penguin. Apr. 2017. 496p. ISBN 9780143130628. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781524704445. F
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Successful London attorney Natasha is finally moving forward after her marriage to Mac fell apart. Her career is taking off, her relationship with her boyfriend Conor is stable, if bland, and she has her big, beautiful house all to herself. Then Mac moves back in, and he and Natasha find themselves the guardians of troubled teenager Sarah. Sarah has been raised by her loving but strict grandfather. Known to everyone as the Captain, he was an expert horseman who has taught Sarah the classic arts of French dressage. Strictly independent, Sarah takes her obligations to her horse, Boo, seriously, even after her grandfather has a massive stroke and ends up in long-term care. Without her grandfather's presence, not even the guidance of Mac and Natasha can protect Sarah and Boo from a dangerous mobster and the girl's own poor choices. Sarah's dramas seem the most perilous, but readers might just wish for Natasha and Mac to ask the right questions and head off looming calamity.
VERDICT Moyes (Me Before You; After You) is a master of character development, allowing each of her protagonists to stumble, shine, and surprise in all their humanity. Recommended for fans of the author and general fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, 10/31/16.]

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