Dark Horses - Susan Mihalics Debut Novel
Dark Horses has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus. It has been included in must-read roundups by O Magazine, Country Living, Parade Magazine, Goop, the Bustle, and other print and digital publications.
Described by author Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants) as a "pulse-pounding, unflinching tale of one teenage girl's iron-willed determination," Dark Horses is the story of 15-year-old equestrian prodigy Roan Montgomery, whose life is 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. For much of her life, 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 explores the searing theme of abuse and compelling female strength.
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