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Monday, May 16, 2011

Dancing On Glass

Publisher Description:
In the steamy city of New Orleans in 1974, Amalise Catoir sees Phillip Sharp as a charming, magnetic artist, unlike any man she has known. A young lawyer herself, raised in a small town and on the brink of a career with a large firm, she is strong and successful, yet sometimes too trusting and whimsical. Ama's rash decision to marry Phillip proves to be a mistake as he becomes overly possessive, drawing his wife away from family, friends, and her faith. His insidious, dangerous behavior becomes her dark, inescapable secret.

In this lawyer's unraveling world, can grace survive Ama's fatal choice? What would you do when prayers seem to go unanswered, faith has slipped away, evil stalks, and you feel yourself forever dancing on shattered glass?

CafĂ© Lily’s Review
Based on the subject matter alone, I didn’t expect to enjoy this book so much yet once I sat down with it and started reading, it ended up blowing me away!  Although it took me a few pages to get into the story, it really started to get interesting by the third chapter.

Dancing on Glass is the chilling story of Amalise Catoir, a sweet young law student who falls hook, line and sinker for a loser.  Set in sultry New Orleans in 1974, Amalise falls head over heels in love with a smooth talking (con)artist named Phillip and eventually marries him.  

In many ways this story reminded me of Sleeping With The Enemy in that a sweet innocent woman falls for a man who seemingly adores her, yet quickly she discovers that his love and devotion is obsessive, abusive and controlling. 

Although I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Amalise, she also frustrated me to no end.  For being so intelligent, she ignores her gut and all the little warning signs about Phillip that keep popping up along the way!  And THEN she marries him!

Phillip’s charm continually overrides her good sense and she ends up completely changing herself to fit into his mold. Amalise takes submission to the far end of extremes and attempts to please Phillip’s ridiculous, controlling demands.  By the middle of the book, I was completely on edge from the tension and suspense.   By the latter part of the book, I was reading furiously to find out how it all would end.

Amalise, trying to hide the truth from her friends, family and co-workers, struggles through law school and then her first job as a clerk in a law office, while behind the scenes she’s becoming more entangled in Phillip’s dangerous web. Phillip’s mood swings terrify her and she feels isolated and alone – which is just how Phillip wants it.  His chameleon personality makes Amalise feel like she’s losing her mind at times – and his ever changing moods makes him completely unpredictable.

Hold on for a ride you soon won’t forget – Dancing On Glass is an amazing thrill!

Available August 1, 2011

Thanks to Julie Gwinn at B & H Publishing Group for providing me with a free advanced reader copy.

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