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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Court Out (A Netball Girls’ Drama) by Deb McEwan is a gripping tale that will intrigue young female readers and those who want to explore the emotions women can hide beneath the surface. It’s a story of friendship, lust, greed, and betrayal. The reader is introduced to a newcomer into the netball team, Marsha Lawson, who sees the game as the only escape from her troubled past. In fact she was thirteen years old the last time she played the game. What she doesn’t know is that her team-mates have a life of their own after they play together, and they also have secrets, and deadly ones, too. Now, during a tournament, two players go out to get revenge, and this sets off a wave of raw emotions with deadly consequences for the team. Can Marsha and the other team members avoid being pulled into the fray?
Deb McEwan’s novel is a beautiful read and the author has created a story that is excellently thought-out and characters that are so real the reader feels like they have known the characters all along. Marsha caught my attention from the very beginning of the story and I was intrigued to discover why she couldn’t explain her not playing netball since she turned thirteen. The author uses suspense to create a strong sense of interest in the reader. The themes are so beautifully written into the story and I loved the fact that the author does a lot of “showing” rather than “telling,” creating a powerful dramatic effect on the reader. Court Out (A Netball Girls’ Drama) features a great plot, compelling characters, and a lot of drama. It is intoxicating. Be ready for a ride into the world of young women exploring their passions, discovering their hearts, and letting their emotions unfurl.