Title: Watch Her Fall
Author: Erin Kelly
Publication date: 1/04/2021
My rating: ★★★☆☆
Goodreads rating: 4.17
Genre: Thriller, mystery
*Trigger Warnings – Death, controlling behaviour, mentions of disordered eating*
I would like to thank Kate Keehan and Hodder & Stoughton for sending me a PR copy of this book to review for the blog tour. All opinions and views are my own and are not influenced by receiving a copy of this book in any way. I would also like to thank the author, Erin Kelly.
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 …
Overall Opinion Of The Book:
Watch Her Fall is such an interesting book that has me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to come next for the entire time I was reading it. The plot was intriguing and draws the reader in instantly. As the synopses suggests, the book focuses on Ava and her journey as she finally achieves the roles she has always dreamed about in Swan Lake.
As someone with a limited amount of knowledge on Swan Lake and ballet in general, I found the book so interesting. It was a great insight into what it is like behind the scenes in ballet. While this is a fictional book, the experiences some girls and women have seems very real. For example, the pressures to look a certain way, and to fit the “mold” of what a ballerina should be like, especially when it comes to eating and body shape.
The book is split into different acts which was great, and reflects the way in which a ballet would be set, this was such a great writing device. In addition to this, there were quite a lot of parallels to the ballet itself throughout. We follow a handful of different characters in the novel, and at times see the same events playing out from different character’s points of view, which provided a great insight into their individual thoughts and feelings. There are a lot of ulterior motives that the reader gains an insight to.
The plot as a whole was an interesting one, and kept me guessing throughout. At times, I did feel a little lost, but that is certainly the intention here. As the story progresses and the plot unfolds, you can see why this is the case, and there are many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. The plot knits together well as the story progresses.
How the story all ties in is very clever, and the plot is intricate. It was interesting to see the different motives of each character. Just as the reader begins to think that they have cracked it, another revelation occurs that sets them in a completely new direction, which is brilliant!
Overall, this was a well written thriller that kept up the intrigue and suspense throughout. I would have liked to have read a little more about how things were resolved at the end. But, the way in which it does end was clever, and I loved the hints given in the closing article.
Even if you do not know an awful lot about ballet, I would highly recommend picking this book up. I enjoyed the plot and gaining more of an insight into what goes on behind the scenes, and the pressures even younger ballerinas are put under.
The characters are intricate and the plot will keep you guessing throughout. If you are already a fan of ballets and thrillers, you will love this book! The plot was well paced, and there were so many twists and turns that I did not see coming, which is fitting for a book about ballet and Swan Lake!
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