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Sunday, December 12, 2021

Review: Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly

Watch Her Fall
by Erin Kelly

Thanks so umuch to Hodder & Stoughton for this gifted book.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publish Date: April 1, 2021
400 Pages
Genres: Thriller, Suspense

Swan Lake is divided into the black acts and the white acts. The Prince is on stage for most of the ballet, but it's the swans audiences flock to see. In early productions, Odette and Odile were performed by two different dancers. These days, it is usual for the same dancer to play both roles. Because of the faultless ballet technique required to master the steps, and the emotional range needed to perform both the virginal Odette and the dark, seductive Odile, this challenging dual role is one of the most coveted in all ballet. Dancers would kill for the part.

Ava Kirilova has reached the very top of her profession. After years and years of hard graft, pain and sacrifice as part of the London Russian Ballet Company, allowing nothing else to distract her, she is finally the poster girl for Swan Lake. Even Mr K - her father, and the intense, terrifying director of the company - can find no fault. Ava has pushed herself ahead of countless other talented, hardworking girls, and they are all watching her now.

But there is someone who really wants to see Ava fall ...

My Review:

Do y'all remember that Supernatural episode where that ballerina put on some cursed shoes and literally danced her feet off? This book kind of reminds me of that.  It starts off kind of slow but then gets faster and faster until you're spinning and then... your feet fall off. 🤣 Well... at least I kinow what I'm talking about.....

This was the #BuddyReadsToDieFor pick for November.  End of November and this month so far have just been really busy so not am I only finishing this late, this is also only the second book I've finished so far this month. 😳  This month is definitely a refresher month for me and I can hopefully revamp somet things in the new year.  ON WITH THE BOOK REVIEW.

This one took me a minute to get into.   I wasn't sure what to expect and the atmosphere of being a ballerina and all it entails is stressed strongly.  I certainly would never have the discipline or will power to be a dancer, that's for sure!  At times I felt like this one lulled and occasionally it took me a minute to figure out which POV we were in.  But that ending really is an amazing pay off.  I think because I decided to listen to this on audio AND because I've been so busy it took me a couple weeks to get fully through it, it didn't have as big of an impact on me as if I had read it physically in a session or two.  

How far would you go if you wanted something badly enough?  How do you spend your life dedicated to the arts... just to know it could be stripped from you at any time?  TOO MUCH PRESSURE!!  Overall I did really enjoy this story.  While some parts could feel repetitive and lulled, the pay off at the end makes it worth the read.


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