Watch Her Fall, the new thriller by Erin Kelly, is out now
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 . . .
What they're saying about Watch Her Fall:
“This multi-layered, deftly written thriller set in the cut-throat world of ballet has all the ingredients of a must-read... Expect deceit and duplicity and one hell of a twist!” RED
“Kelly’s best yet... Genius twists and turns.” GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
“A dark, brilliant read with the most amazing twist” CLOSER
“With major Black Swan vibes, this thriller is one of the best books we’ve read this year” SUN ON SUNDAY FABULOUS
“Full of intrigue and secrets, this is set in the dazzling and claustrophobic ballet world” PRIMA
“With its compelling arena, this dark thriller executes a fouetté turn half way through that will leave you breathless” HEAT
“Set in the cut-throat world of ballet – the perfect backdrop for a twisty thriller that's sure to leave you breathless.” WOMAN & HOME
“Kelly offers a nuanced account of the lengths to which dancers will go – or are driven to – when ambition is transmuted into obsession... Ava is a fascinating blend of control, power, and precision in the public sphere, but who is privately plagued by neuroses... A noir pas-de-deux that overflows with femmes fetales, but one written with a compassionate understanding of the intolerable pressures ballerinas must learn to live with” IRISH TIMES
“I was utterly immersed in this rarefied but cut-throat world. From the first page I was wrapped up in Ava's swooping, all-consuming passion and totally gripped by the explosive twists which held me to the very last page.” Adele Parks, PLATINUM
“Clever and brilliant” BELLA
'From the first page I was wrapped up in Ava's swooping, all-consuming passion and totally gripped by the explosive twists which held me to the very last page' ADELE PARKS
'Most ambitious and captivating book to date . . . so thrilling and unexpected that it made my head spin' LISA JEWELL
'Superbly dark, gloriously twisted and utterly seductive - this is Erin Kelly at her mind-bending best' RUTH WARE
'Her plots are the smartest in the industry, but with this one she somehow captured the intense, constrained, sinister world of ballet. I absolutely loved it' GILLIAN MCALLISTER
'Watch Her Fall is not only a cleverly plotted, beautifully written thriller; it is also a mesmerising glimpse behind the curtain into a world few of us will ever see' CLARE MACKINTOSH
'The brilliant Watch Her Fall will take some beating' THE BOOKSELLER