Girls and Their Horses

Berkley. Jun. 2023. 416p. ISBN 9780593438886. $27. THRILLER
From the author of Good Rich People, this novel looks at wealthy helicopter moms who impose their teenage desires on their daughters. In a wealthy enclave in Southern California, mom Heather is determined to give her teen daughters the life she never had. She signs them up at an equestrian center and immerses herself in the world of “barn moms,” intent on making Maple and Piper love horses. But do they? The pressure mounts as the end-of-summer shows approach. The barn moms will stop at nothing to make sure their daughters win, and the girls are equally eager to beat their friends. Cliques will turn mean, accidents will happen, and someone will end up dead.
VERDICT This recommended, well-written suspense poses questions about the cost of parents living vicariously through their children.
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