Dancing With The Devil


How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Diversion books


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.


I feel like this book should come with a warning. That warning is…don’t read it if you don’t enjoy incredibly emotional and gritty subjects. I don’t know why I didn’t think about the content of the book after reading the synopsis, but I’m glad I gave Dancing With The Devil a chance. It’s a well written book, that covers a contentious subject.

The main focus of this story is an important one. It’s about hope and survival. It centres around Mackenzie (known as Mac) trying to forget what had happened to her in the past. Her Dad has remarried and her family unit has expanded. She now has a stepmother and a little sister Lily. Mackenzie is getting on with her life and trying to move on. She has friends, a boyfriend and is part of a cycling club.

For me, I thought there was way too much about bikes in the story. I didn’t really enjoy that element of the story, and I don’t think it really added to the story in any way. I guess it’s a nice breather, if you’re finding the rest of the story too intense. I think it’s because I have little interest or knowledge about bikes, so I didn’t feel compelled to keep reading those sections.

In the main part, Dancing With The Devil is a good read. It doesn’t take long to read and the love Mackenzie has for her sister is incredibly sweet.

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