Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly – Review

Genre: Thriller
Published: May 2021
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 391
My Rating: 🦋🦋🦋🦋/5

“He had been waiting her whole career, which was now her whole life, for her to grow into the ultimate role. And now every ten hour day, every bloodied ballet shoe, every pleasure denied, had paid off.”

Erin Kelly, Watch Her Fall

Ava Kirilova has worked hard for many years to become the best ballet dancer she can be. Now all of the pain and years of sacrifice has finally paid off and she is going to be the star of the production of Swan Lake. But being at the top is not all rainbows and sunshine. Not everyone wants her to succeed and there’s someone waiting in the wings. Waiting to Watch Her Fall.

For some reason I have always been so fascinated by gymnastics and ballet.
Gymnasts and ballet dancers are so graceful, something I am definitely not ☺️ maybe that’s why I love watching both.
When I was younger I even borrowed nonfiction library books about ballet from the library 🩰
Watch Her Fall combines my love of thrillers and my interest in ballet. Sadly, I have never watched a live performance. I have only watched videos and read books about ballet. The way ballet dancers are able to move with such strength and grace is completely mesmerizing.

The combination of it being about ballet and a thriller. I could not resist and I was not disappointed. Told from Multiple POVs, there is some repetition, but because it is told from different perspectives I actually enjoyed it and I really thought it added some more depth to the story.

You’ll think you know what’s going on and all of a sudden everything is turned on it’s head. I started a couple of chapters about confused, but as the story went on it all made sense.

Ava is a complex character. Can be unlikable but you can get where she is coming from. She’s worked so hard and sacrificed so much to get to where she is and she has a certain air of arrogance when interacting with the other dancers.

Ava’s father is the founder of the company and theatre owner and she’s constantly trying to win his approval. Unfortunately even though under his supervision, she has become the best dancer at the company, unfortunately this is all she knows how to do. He has never allowed her to gain independence as with many of the dancers at his school. So it really delves into parent-child dynamics and what influence this has into adulthood.

If you are looking for a deliciously dark and twisted thriller, then I would definitely recommend picking this one up.

Disclaimer: I was sent this free copy for review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. This does not influence my review or rating in any way. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

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