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The Demise of the Soccer Moms

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Haunted by fear after witnessing a brutal attack on her mother and the disintegration of her parents' marriage, Amy Lewis is determined to protect her own marriage from even the hint of a threat. Her fears for herself and her twin daughters are enflamed when a woman in her neighborhood is murdered.

Charlotte Whittington simply wants a safe neighborhood for her daughter and
Paperback, 378 pages
Published September 5th 2011 by D2C Perspectives (first published December 26th 2010)
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Sabrina Ogden
Mar 01, 2011 Sabrina Ogden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"With her shoulders pressed against the wall, she could still see a sliver of the living room. The man rolled off her mother's body and yanked her hair, snapping her head sideways. He whispered in her ear. Then he smacked her face with the back of his hand."

The Demise of the Soccer Moms centers around Amy Lewis, a woman who becomes outwardly perfect and inwardly a disaster after she witnesses her mother's brutal rape as a child. The tragic event left Amy's mother depressed and withdrawn when her
Apr 30, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Where I got the book: won a free copy from the author's blog.

The Demise of the Soccer Moms is Cathryn Grant's debut novel. Amy, Jane, Kit and Rachel have been friends forever. Their kids have grown up together, and their lives revolve around soccer and suburbia. But the suburbs aren't as safe as they should be--there's a rapist and murderer on the loose. And then Charlotte shows up: spiky hair, no bra, Doc Martens and a very big camera.

This is a story that starts out feeling very mundane and the
Jan 02, 2011 Dorte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This American suspense novel is the writers first novel.

“After a moment of silence, a thud shook the walls of the living room and the hallway outside Amys bedroom. Her mother yelped. Amy rolled onto her back. The walls shivered again. There was a thick, damp sound like the pounding of her mothers meat tenderizer on a piece of beef.”

When Amy Lewis was a little girl, her mother was raped in their own living room. She was too terrified to do anything, but for the rest of her life she remembers her
May 09, 2011 Owen rated it really liked it
In compliance with FTC guidelines, I disclose in my review that I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

It's not often I get to read a book that simply reaffirms my rampant misogyny.

Just kidding, but this book is a massive (and probably untended) delight. I'm a huge fan of dystopian fantasy/sci-fi, where authors create this beautiful and terrible world and run you through it. This is essentially the same only it takes place almost entirely in a rich upper class community.

Jovana Shirley
Oct 17, 2012 Jovana Shirley rated it liked it
Amy’s life is forever changed when she witnesses her mother being raped. As a frightened child, she never admits to what she saw and believes her father when he convinces everyone that her mother deserved it.

Fast forward to adulthood—where we meet a group of soccer moms living in the suburbs. Their relationships are easy going and superficial, until Amy’s perfect life is disrupted. A serial rapist is on the loose. A single mother, Charlotte, and strange daughter move into town. Charlotte is not
Apr 29, 2011 Terri rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
The Demise of The Soccer Moms by Cathryn Grant is a glimpse into an intense side of what it's like to live and raise your family in the suburbs. The main character, Amy, is haunted by her past. As a child she witnessed the brutal rape of her mother. Now that Amy is the mother of twin daughters, she is determined to keep her family safe when a string of rapes start happening in her own neighborhood. Amy has a group of friends that remind you of what it's like to have a clique in high school. And ...more
Christi Craig
Jan 17, 2011 Christi Craig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"...[A]ll the beautiful yards and parks make it look so peaceful and quiet. That can make you feel safe and it's not always safe." ~The Demise of the Soccer Moms

Cathryn Grant writes Suburban Noir, and in her debut novel she successfully reveals the dark side of Suburbia, the illusions of perfection, the insecurities, the vague - or not so vague - threats.

In The Demise of the Soccer Moms, Grant introduces us to a group of women bonded by a sport that is sometimes more about fitting in than it is
Jul 23, 2011 golightly23 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy of The Demise of the Soccer Moms from in exchange for a written review.

In the beginning, the book was a real bore. It just didn't make sense and it seemed pointless to be writing a book about a bunch of petty self-centered women with self-esteem issues. On top of a storyline that seemed to be going nowhere, I found the editing bad at times. Further, parts were so overly descriptive that it began to irritate me. It was quite annoying and I had to se
Jul 05, 2011 Kelly rated it did not like it
I tried, I really tried, to read and enjoy this book. Instead I had to force myself to actually finish it.

Amy witnesses a horrific crime as a young child, and had kept that secret all her life. As a result of her internalization her entire life is consumed with what is perfect, what is "right", and what the neighbors think. Her carefully structured world falls apart when Charlotte, a single mom with artistic flair and a unique sense of style, moves to Amy's idyllic neighborhood. What follows is
Linda Lewis
Jan 02, 2011 Linda Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Cathryn Grant’s debut novel works on many levels. If you want suspense, it’s in there. For me, it built until I had to fight to keep from looking ahead for relief. Yet, the author’s story-telling skill made me slow down to savor the reading experience. If you want a look at the possible effects of trauma and emotional abuse of a child, you’ll find that too. If you’re looking for a glimpse into the dark side of suburban life, she serves that up well.

Amy, Rachel, and Charlotte, Grant’s three main
Jennifer McFadden
'The Demise of the Soccer Moms' is a wonderful debut novel by Cathryn Grant. I read it all day yesterday and could not go to bed until I knew how it ended! The story was packed with suspense and had a perfect pace. The description of this pristine neighborhood was wonderfully done through the characters' actions and thoughts, without slowing down the story. The main characters' personalities felt genuine throughout the book.

Amy's character had a realistic viewpoint and behavior of an unstable w
Heather Adkins
Jul 19, 2011 Heather Adkins rated it really liked it
Whew. This book was full of women with ISSUES.

Grant gets 5 stars for her writing--such beautiful imagery and amazing details, that is what goes into a great work of art. The only reason I give it 4 stars is because of my conflicted feelings over the characters.

I wanted to wrap my hands around Rachel's neck and end her pathetic, clingy existence. I wanted to do the same thing, only more torturous to Amy for being so mentally unstable and self-centered. And I wanted to put Charlotte in my pocket
Natasha Alexander
Jan 09, 2011 Natasha Alexander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished Cathryn Grant’s debut novel, The Demise of the Soccer Moms, and found it a thoroughly engaging read.

Grant draws some interesting characterizations among the suburban moms who people her story. Her most compelling is a chilling depiction of Amy, a woman whose mental health spirals downward with increasingly disastrous consequences.

The threads of parental competition, anxiety and wanting the best for your kids, while drawn with an intentionally heavy hand, will resonate with other
Jul 31, 2011 Marsha rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book to review from I had a hard time getting into this book. It seemed more a book about a bunch of whiny women. And then it picked up steam. Amy really headed off the rails. I was confused at how her "friends" could ignore what was happening to her. If I had a friend that acted that erratic, I would have brought it to someone's attention! The author made a point of telling us numerous times about what had happened to Amy when she was young. I am not 1 ...more
Shelli Proffitt Howells
Cathryn is such a talented author! I thought this book was good with flashes of brilliance. Cathryn has a way of getting under the skin of her characters, revealing more than most people would be comfortable with. The characters are authentic and reflective of real people. The opening scene is haunting and hooks you immediately. I enjoyed the psychological ride along with her characters. An excellent debut, and I'm looking forward to reading her next novel.
Amber Moore
Jun 27, 2011 Amber Moore rated it really liked it
This book was great! It certainly makes you take a whole other look at scocer moms and wonder what is going on with them. Crazy pranks, and you were intrigued the whole book. It was amazingly written and yet in parts it was so true to life! I enjoyed every second of this book and will be referring to my friends.
Apr 29, 2011 Ronda rated it liked it
Goodreads Giveaway! Definitely worth reading!
ThIs book would get 3 1/2 stars if I was able to give it that.
Apr 26, 2011 Joann rated it really liked it
I won this book through First Reads. This is an engrossing story with some very interesting characters depicting the darker side of suburbia. Definitely a worthwhile read.
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Cathryn Grant's short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines, The Shroud Quarterly Journal, and been anthologized in The Best of Every Day Fiction. Her short story, "I Was Young Once", received an honorable mention in the 2007 Zoetrope All-story Short Fiction contest.

Her psychological suspense fiction reveals the motives and desires that lead to suburban crime.
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