Why do I feel so compelled to make my endorsement of this book into a confession? Likely because I am a terrible book snob and before this particular James Patterson book came along, I had never felt the least bit inclined to read anything of his oeuvre (I told you I was a snob). But because I'm a snob, I know something about the world of compettive show jumping, and I couldn't resist this story of a mother and daughter competing for a spot on the Olympic team. The writing is only so-so and the characters are strictly 2D, but it didn't matter; Patterson knows how to spin a yarn and move the reader along (his trick? Short. Chapters. Over a hundred of them!). I could not put it down. We all need a light read now and then, so go out there, find a James Patterson novel about something that interests you (and note, I can barely ride a horse, so you needn't be an expert, only vaguely curious) and read it. I promise you pleasure and the satisfaction of finishing, if nothing else.
Emotions rule us all—and turn two women's lives into a ride they can barely control—in this "hugely entertaining, riveting page-turner" (Louise Penny) following the complicated relationship between mother and daughter as they face off in the Olympics.
Maggie Atwood and Becky McCabe, mother and daughter, both champion riders, vowed to never, ever, go up against one another.
Until the tense, harrowing competitions leading to the Paris Olympics.
Mother and daughter share a dream: to be the best horsewoman in the world.
Coronado is Maggie’s horse. An absolutely top-tier Belgian warmblood. Sky is Becky’s horse. A small, speedy Dutch warmblood.
Only James Patterson could bring you such breakneck speed, hair-raising thrills and spills.
Only hall of fame sportswriter Mike Lupica could make it all so real.
About the Author
James Patterson is the world's bestselling author. The creator of Alex Cross, he has produced more enduring fictional heroes than any other novelist alive. He lives in Florida with his family.
Mike Lupica is a veteran sports columnist—spending most of his career with the New York Daily News—who is now a member of the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame. For three decades, he was a panelist on ESPN’s The Sports Reporters. As a novelist, he has written sixteen New York Times bestsellers. His daughter has been a competitive rider since the age of ten.
“Patterson and Lupica manage to get deep into the world of high-level show jumping and also, incredibly for two men, deep into the lives of three generations of strong women. I don’t know what’s more compelling—the white-knuckle descriptions of the horse shows in the lead-up to the Olympics or the tense, complex relationships among the three women. We grow to care deeply about these horsewomen. This is a hugely entertaining, riveting, page-turner of a book. A thrilling and thoughtful read.” —Louise Penny, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Gamache series
“The Horsewoman is more than a thriller--it’s an eye-opening ride through the high-stakes world of equestrian show-jumping. Patterson and Lupica make a great team, writing at a full gallop and with faultless timing of the lives of three fearless women connected by blood, competition, and a passion for fast horses.” —Carl Hiaasen, bestselling author of Squeeze Me