I’m always on the lookout for an excellent horse-related book or series to read. There aren’t many out there that qualify, or at least I haven’t found many that qualify. I was so excited when I had the opportunity to read and review The Jagged Circle by Shelley Peterson, in the hope that I had stumbled on a worthy horse-related book.
I’m happy to report that Peterson did not disappoint! The Jagged Circle is the second book in the Jockey Girl young adult series. This book combines the best of two worlds, horses and criminal investigations. A page-turning thrilling equestrian series….yes, please!!!
Evangeline “Evie” Gibb is spending her Spring Break tending to the horses on her Grandmother’s farm while her friends are vacationing. Evie loves horses, especially her horse Kazzam, but she is bored with the same old routine. Evie recently rode Kazzam to victory at the races, earning the nickname “Jockey Girl.” This excitement was short-lived after Kazzam sustained an injury; now, he can no longer race. Missing the thrills of horseracing, Evie and Kazzam are looking for something new and exciting to bring back the exhilaration of racing.
When Evie takes Kazzam out for a ride, they happen upon a teenage girl who is near death. Suddenly Evie and Kazzam have found themselves in the middle of an investigation involving missing persons, suicide, murder, and cult activity. In addition to this newfound excitement, Evie learns that a nearby farm is holding a steeplechase event. Soon Evie and Kazzam are training to compete in the upcoming event, just as the investigation kicks into high gear. Now there is an excess of excitement that threatens the safety of Evie and Kazzam. Will authorities solve their case, ending the string of harrowing events? Will Evie and Kazzam embrace the world of steeplechasing?
Shelley Peterson has brilliantly woven an equestrian-based storyline with suspenseful, thrilling plot twists, resulting in quite the page-turner! There is a beautiful balance of both of these elements throughout the book. The descriptive writing style of this author made me feel as if I was watching this story unfold. Her character development of both the human and animal characters allowed me to form an emotional connection to the characters. Because of this connection, the thrilling aspects of the storyline impacted me, and I was fully engaged in the twists and turns.
I found that it is unnecessary to read the first book in the series to enjoy The Jagged Circle. That said, I enjoyed this book so much that I do plan to read the first book in the series soon, and I would recommend you do the same.
Those who have a love for horses will enjoy this book, especially if they enjoy the crime thriller genre. It’s not often that I find an enjoyable equestrian-related series, so I appreciated reading The Jagged Circle and look forward to reading more of Evie’s Jocky Girl adventures.
If you would like to read my full review on NetGalley you can do so here.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Dundurn Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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