Gold by Chris Cleave

About the book

IF your dreams pull you in one direction and your heart in another, which should you follow? This is the question that haunts Kate Meadows, a world champion athlete whose eight-year-old daughter Sophie is battling a recurrence of childhood leukemia just as Kate is about to compete for her last chance at an Olympic gold medal. For years, Kate has sacrificed everything for her family and watched her best friend and closest rival, Zoe Castle, conquer the world stage. Kate has never won gold and will have to go through Zoe;who has everything to lose to get it. Now her child is facing a life-threatening illness, and the stakes are higher than ever. How can she do what is right for her daughter without abandoning all of her dreams?

Reviewed by Bookends Reading Group:

We had an entertaining discussion. A fairly middle of the road book. We felt that it had been written quickly on the coattrails of the Olympics. Some of us though interested in the cycle sport’s training felt it was rather overwritten. The relationships between the characters felt unrealistic. As the book was wound up so quickly it felt disappointing.

Star rating: **

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