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Publisher's Summary

Emotions rule us all - and turn two women’s lives into a ride they can barely control in this “hugely entertaining, riveting page-turner" (Number one best-selling author Louise Penny).

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.

©2022 James Patterson and Mike Lupica (P)2022 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

“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, number one New York Times best-selling 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, best-selling author of Squeeze Me)

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Performed well, Exhausting Political References

I’m so tired of the constant politicizing of things, so when i read books I’m ready to truly escape all that. But here again, the DACA narrative, ICE Agents are bad, Americans are “ugly”…I’m so disappointed that there seems to be no place to escape this constant, exhausting, polarizing, narrative. STOP!

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This is a young adult novel at best

I would absolutely have returned this book if I weren’t a person involved in the horse show world, and I kept hoping it would turn around because of who the author is. Even despite my personal interests, I could barely stand to listen to it. Sorry, but there are no saving graces on this book. The narrator just made a bad story even more painful to listen to.

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Predictable

Doesn’t seem like a James Patterson book. Very predictable. Shallow. Jumping rounds were narrated by the rider( and there are a lot of them). Repetitive. Won’t remember this book in a week.

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Bravo!

Loved this story, the authenticity, no sad parts about animals. Spot on and incredibly enjoyable. From one Horsewoman to this one… well done!

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Tedious

Maybe if you are a super horse person. I felt impatient with the prolonged scenarios.

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Horse lover

I devoured this book in a weekend. A wonderful story woven with exquisite details of the show jumping world.

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Great storyline

I thought the story was great especially seeings how the main characters went to the Olympics.
Biggested negative was the foul language.

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A great story

Loved it. Complex and real life issues.
It made me think and feel about family relationships.

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Shit happens

This story is so close to real , you feel you are along for the ride. Enjoy.

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I almost didn't. That would have been a mistake!

Patterson and Lupica wrote a great book. if you love horses and a great story this book is for you.

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