I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dancing With The Devil by Katie Davis
Published by Diversion Books on April 15, 2014
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
The story of Dancing with the Devil didn’t really work for me. I had more interest in Mac’s life with her friends and bike club than with her family issues. It felt slightly unbelievable that she would have spent the last six years living a normal life with her father. And that she had no suspicion that Lily (her younger sister) was also being molested.
Perhaps it was the use of the third person that meant that I couldn’t engage with the emotions of Mac or feel sympathy for her. After all Mac does come across as someone who is independent and strong, who loves her little sister very much. The use of the prologue meant that I wanted to keep reading as I wanted to know how and why Mac had decided to come forward, and how much resolution could be achieved.
However, Dancing with the Devil is a good book for showing that abuse is not something that should be hidden because the affects of remaining silent are unknown.