The Demise of the Soccer Moms

The Demise of the Soccer Moms

by Cathryn Grant

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ISBN-13: 9780983186816
Publisher: D2C Perspectives
Publication date: 02/09/2011
Pages: 390
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)

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Demise of the Soccer Moms 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
drdon63 More than 1 year ago
If you like thrillers and psychological suspense then this is a must read. Cathryn Grant weaves the lifes of several women into a page turning ride that doesn't stop until the end. This would make a fiesty book club discussion novel!!
JaneSteen on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Where I got the book: won a free copy from the author's blog.The Demise of the Soccer Moms is Cathryn Grant's debut novel. Amy, Jane, Kit and Rachel have been friends forever. Their kids have grown up together, and their lives revolve around soccer and suburbia. But the suburbs aren't as safe as they should be--there's a rapist and murderer on the loose. And then Charlotte shows up: spiky hair, no bra, Doc Martens and a very big camera.This is a story that starts out feeling very mundane and then quickly turns dark. Amy's and Rachel's insecurities have formed a bond between them, but when Amy's fears of the twin threats of sex and violence begins to pervade their world, the reader is never allowed to recover a sense of normality. I felt as if the characters were all walking along the edge of an abyss, and yet all of them were instantly recognizable types of Suburban Woman, complete with their different insecurities and their ways of coping with the boredom of their lives. The neighborhood is in California, but it could easily have been my own; any affluent suburb in America, in fact.I found it to be a compelling read, and stayed up late to finish it (always a good sign). Grant is an indie author, so there were some places where I detected technical weaknesses that the rigors of traditional publishing might have corrected (if she'd been lucky enough to get a good editor, which is not always the case). Still, they were comparatively minor and I have to give props to Grant for her professionalism and attention to detail. I have seen far worse products come out of traditional publishing houses.Grant calls her style of writing Suburban Noir, and I would recommend it to all who enjoy a good psychological thriller made more menacing by its everyday setting. Grant avoids overblown descriptions of gore, leaving much to the reader's imagination, and the story's all the better for it. I look forward to Grant's next book.
Linda_Cassidy_Lewis on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Cathryn Grant¿s debut novel works on many levels. If you want suspense, it¿s in there. For me, it built until I had to fight to keep from looking ahead for relief. Yet, the author¿s story-telling skill made me slow down to savor the reading experience. If you want a look at the possible effects of trauma and emotional abuse of a child, you¿ll find that too. If you¿re looking for a glimpse into the dark side of suburban life, she serves that up well.Amy, Rachel, and Charlotte, Grant¿s three main characters, are fully-fleshed and memorable. Over, under, around, and through she employs her well-developed use of language to lift this work above the genre level.I thoroughly enjoyed the read.
heather_adkins More than 1 year ago
Whew. This book was full of women with ISSUES. Grant gets 5 stars for her writing--such beautiful imagery and amazing details, that is what goes into a great work of art. I will be reading more of her and will recommend this book to others. The only reason I give it 4 stars is because of my conflicted feelings over the characters. I wanted to wrap my hands around Rachel's neck and end her pathetic, clingy existence. I wanted to do the same thing, only more torturous to Amy for being so mentally unstable and self-centered. And I wanted to put Charlotte in my pocket and keep her safe. Hell, it probably does deserve 5 stars simply because this book evoked so many emotions in me. I'm borderline. Let's go with 4.5.
Studioelle More than 1 year ago
Cathryn Grant's debut novel works on many levels. If you want suspense, it's in there. For me, it built until I had to fight to keep from looking ahead for relief. Yet, the author's story-telling skill made me slow down to savor the reading experience. If you want a look at the possible effects of trauma and emotional abuse of a child, you'll find that too. If you're looking for a glimpse into the dark side of suburban life, she serves that up well. Amy, Rachel, and Charlotte, Grant's three main characters, are fully-fleshed and memorable. Over, under, around, and through she employs her well-developed use of language to lift this work above the genre level. I thoroughly enjoyed the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago