Dancing With the Devil

To move on from her past, an extraordinary girl must tear down the walls she has built to protect herself.

Mackenzie Douglas seems to have it all: good looks, a great boyfriend, a passion for biking, and a little sister who worships her. But under the veneer of perfection lie the emotional scars of her childhood, inflicted by her father. Though her memories have faded with time, the wounds on Mac's subconscious remain.

Having vowed to never be a victim again, Mac focuses on a journey she's always wanted to take: a summer bike trip on her amazing new RoadCap bike. But as the excursion finally gets underway, memories Mac long ago buried start to claw their way back to the surface, forcing her to confront a past she has done everything she can to forget.

To prevent her sister from enduring the same trauma, Mac must let go of everything in which she's found refuge. To break a cycle that needs to be broken, Mackenzie summons her strength and risks shattering the world she has so carefully built, exposing hidden secrets, long-told lies, and a horrific crime.

Review:

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!

By Elisabeth

This is not your “run of the mill” ya sob story. This is a heart wrenching truth that so many children go trough every day. I simply loved the writing and I am truly impressed by the author for creating such a book. I read all the chapters on wattpad and needed to know the ending so I bought it on amazon, I was disappointed when I thought I bought a book that I already finished but to read the almost hea at the end was well worth the price. Thank you for your great storyline and writing. You truly are a wonderful person.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Great

By Cathy

This is a well-written book about a very difficult subject. The author doesn’t shy away from the abuse, but takes the reader on Mac’s journey from victim to accuser. Mac’s reaction as she remembers more about the nature of the abuse is very realistic. Even though Mac has supportive friends around her, she feels very much alone, not letting on about what she’s suffered. The ending shows that she and her remaining family will still struggle for many years with the trauma. There should be more books out there that address difficult topics like this.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A book about growing up, courage, and strength

By Julie

Ohhhh, this book was scary. It’s about a girl who has been abused by her father (not a spoiler, that’s pretty evident from the beginning), but as she gears up for a potentially-life-changing bike trip, her life changes in other ways. She realizes the full magnitude of the abuse she suffered, and, frighteningly, realizes the peril her younger sister is currently in. The characters are expertly drawn, and the father is so awful I could barely read about him without squirming and feeling ill. I’ve never been in anything close to the main character’s situation, but I found myself identifying with her nonetheless; what she goes through is a common “find yourself/struggle toward hope” arc in YA, and I understood where she was coming from because I have also been a teenager.