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Dark Horses: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Susan Mihalic

Narrated By: Alex Allwine

Date: February 2021

Duration: 10 hours 26 minutes


“[A] heart-pounding, can’t-take-your-eyes-off-it debut novel.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“Roan Montgomery’s sweeping and raw story of courage, resilience, and clear-eyed grace will never leave me.” —Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author

A darkly gripping debut novel about a teenage girl’s fierce struggle to reclaim her life from her abusive father.

Fifteen-year-old equestrian prodigy Roan Montgomery has only ever known two worlds: inside the riding arena, and outside of it. Both, for as long as she can remember, have been ruled by her father, who demands strict obedience in all areas of her life. The warped power dynamic of coach and rider extends far beyond the stables, and Roan's relationship with her father has long been inappropriate. She has been able to compartmentalize that dark aspect of her life, ruthlessly focusing on her ambitions as a rider heading for the Olympics, just as her father had done. However, her developing relationship with Will Howard, a boy her own age, broadens the scope of her vision.

At the intersection of a commercial page-turner and urgent survivor story, Dark Horses takes the searing themes of abuse and resilience in Gabriel Tallent’s My Absolute Darling and applies the compelling exploration of female strength in Room by Emma Donoghue. In much the same way that V.C. Andrews’s Flowers in the Attic transfixed a generation of readers, Susan Mihalic’s debut is set to a steady beat that will keep you turning the pages.


  • Tanja C.

    I thought this book was so well written and smart. It is about a young girl who is coming of age who has grown up in a very very abusive family. A mother who never wanted her and a father who makes her his whole life. She has only known the life she has been raised in. No friends goes to school on a special schedule and has been training her whole life to be a champion, perfect an Olympian. It is about incest which is a hard subject to listen to or read, but I thought the author did a very good job of being a matter of fact from the victims point of view. The narration was perfect !

  • Anne L.

    Promises more than it delivers. A rather wordy style, in oral rather than written language, the opposite of chiseled. The language of the modern 16 year old narrator, without the spunk and creativity of some teenagers. Still it was good listening. As regards the narrator, the contrived drawl she puts on to impersonate the father is exasperating. Putting on accents rarely goes down well. Otherwise she is good.

  • Anonymous

    Seems like there was a way to tell the story without all of the Incest.

  • Anonymous

    Well written story about a horrible subject matter. Narrator was excellent!!!

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