#BookReview- The Ballerinas @RKapelkeDale and Burning Water @IngeGoss #Suspense


Two Great Choices for Spring!

Between spending my days out in the garden and my evenings trying-to-write-the-book-that-doesn’t-want-written, I managed two enjoyable reads this week.

The Ballerinas is a Netgalley find. The cover captivated my imagination and then the blurb sealed the deal.

Description via Amazon.com

Dare Me meets Black Swan and Luckiest Girl Alive in a captivating, voice-driven debut novel about a trio of ballerinas who meet as students at the Paris Opera Ballet School.

Fourteen years ago, Delphine abandoned her prestigious soloist spot at the Paris Opera Ballet for a new life in St. Petersburg––taking with her a secret that could upend the lives of her best friends, fellow dancers Lindsay and Margaux. Now 36 years old, Delphine has returned to her former home and to the legendary Palais Garnier Opera House, to choreograph the ballet that will kickstart the next phase of her career––and, she hopes, finally make things right with her former friends. But Delphine quickly discovers that things have changed while she’s been away…and some secrets can’t stay buried forever.

Moving between the trio’s adolescent years and the present day, Rachel Kapelke-Dale’s The Ballerinas explores the complexities of female friendship, the dark drive towards physical perfection in the name of artistic expression, the double-edged sword of ambition and passion, and the sublimated rage that so many women hold inside––all culminating in a twist you won’t see coming, with magnetic characters you won’t soon forget.

My Review

The world of ballet is highly competitive and often carries lifetime consequences.

Delphine, Lindsay, and Margaux grew up in the prestigious POB (Paris Opera Ballet), pushing each other toward perfection and the coveted star position within the corps.

Delphine’s mother was one of the POB’s legends of the stage. Her painting still holds a place of honor within its esteemed walls, adding to the expectations the staff and other dancers have of Delphine. Adding to that stress is the loyalty she has for her best friends, and the clear knowledge there’s only room at the top for one.

Mistakes are made, and Delphine abandons her promising career to run away from what she’s done. In St. Petersburg, she’s given a second chance- as a choreographer, though even that comes with a price.

Now, she’s returned to Paris hoping to repair broken bridges and prove herself among her peers.

If only the past wasn’t waiting to knock her off her feet.

This is an emotional read about friendships, the choices we make, and most of all- forgiveness.

I thought the book was well-written, though it could have used a few less four letter words, and less jumping between the past and present. It became exhausting to keep up with the emotional angst, but overall, a good read.

Burning Water is a book club pick- a murder mystery set in the alpha-dominated oil industry.

Description via Amazon.com

A Man Goes Up in Flames.

Was it an accident or murder?

Gwynn Reznick returns as a rookie private investigator…

…to find the truth.

Placed in an accounting role to watch the key players up close, she uncovers financial irregularities while delving into clues that lead her into dangerous situations. To obtain information, she becomes entangled with a tough crew of oil field workers. Their interpersonal jealousies and mysterious pasts intersect to obscure the truth.

Unraveling connecting threads that link to multiple disappearances, Gwynn discovers she’s pitted against polished criminal professionals and finds herself in the center of a devious scheme.

Money shortages and illicit affairs…

…point to several suspects.

Will her sleuthing blow her cover before her backup team arrives?

Any reader who enjoys action, adventure, murder mysteries, or just a plain good read will love Burning Water, the third book in the Gwynn Reznick series.

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

My Review

Don’t turn your back on these guys!

The oil industry is a multi-billion dollar enterprise, and as is often the case with that kind of incentive, the criminal element has a toehold within the corporation.

When a man dies under suspicious circumstances, P.I. Gwynn Reznick is brought in to investigate. Working undercover as an assistant accountant, she soon turns up serious discrepancies in the payroll and more missing men.

Using her powers of persuasion, Gwynn gathers information and soon has enough to call in reinforcements to work the case. Payoffs, angry employees, attempted murder, there’s plenty to like about this engrossing novel.

Coming in on the third book in the series, I was confused by all the characters and their roles in the story, but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment.

So, that’s it from me. What have you been reading?

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39 thoughts on “#BookReview- The Ballerinas @RKapelkeDale and Burning Water @IngeGoss #Suspense

  1. Great reviews, Jacquie. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Harmony. They both have great storylines.

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  2. Two intriguing reviews, Jacquie. Congratulations to the authors!

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    1. Two very different reads, again. I enjoyed both 🙂

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  3. Great reviews, Jacqui’s. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. You bet! Thanks for stopping by, Jill 🙂

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  4. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader May 11, 2021 — 3:41 am

    I hate when we get lots of “four letter words” 😂

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    1. I was bad for that with my early books, I’ve since graduated, lol

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  5. I fancy Burning Water. Thanks for the reviews, Jacquie.

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    1. Awesome. I’m glad I highlighted a book that took your eye, Elizabeth 🙂

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  6. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on these books, Jacquie. Being from Texas, “Burning Water” piqued my interest.

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    1. Ooh, I bet you can definitely relate 🙂 I’m from Alberta, Canada’s oil sands.

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  7. D.L. Finn, Author May 11, 2021 — 9:09 am

    Thanks for sharing your reviews and insights, Jacquie 🙂

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  8. Lovely reviews Jacquie, Burning Water is pulling me in. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It’s a good murder-mystery, Balroop. I think you’d enjoy it!

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  9. Both sound good, Jacquie, but I do like the sound of the one about the ballerinas. It somehow reminds me a bit of Phantom of the Opera.

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    1. I loved that play! It was the first time I’d ever been to live theatre and I was blown away by the production!

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      1. I love it too, Jacquie. I have watched it in the theatre several times and I’ve also watched the movie.

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  10. Both of these sound good, Jacquie. I love the cover of Ballerina’s. So pretty, and you’re right about how competitive it is. Yikes. My folks used to live in oil-drilling country, so that one struck a cord too. Thanks for the recommendations and keep going on the book that doesn’t want to be written. Happy Gardening!

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    1. My great- uncle owned land in Texas way back when, and when the oil company wanted to come in he was paid shares for them to take it from his land. He did pretty well ( no pun intended, lol)

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  11. What an interesting metaphoric title and cultured story! A lovely review!💫🍃🍂

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    1. Thank you, AOC. Hope you’re having a wonderful week 🙂

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  12. Jacquie, two fantastic reviews and you’ve swung from both sides of the spectrum – friendship and emotional in the tough world of ballet and the hard nosed oil industry and murder! You’ve spoilt us and I’ll definitely look out for the The Ballerinas. At one stage last week I had four books on the go and like you, all so different. A children’s book by Darlene Foster, a romantic heartwarming and hearttugging novel called ‘Unbreak Your Heart’ (both these for Netgalley) as well as Maggie O’Farrell’s amazing ‘Hamnet’ (loving it and dreaming the story!) and finally the true life story of British Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen’s battle with Covid called ‘Many Different Kinds of Love’! Happy Reading and look forward to reading more of your reviews!

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    1. Ooh, those all sound wonderful, Annika! I think I’ve read Darlene’s book (if it’s the same one), and it was excellent!

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  13. Marvelous reviews, Jacquie. When I was little I begged and begged for ballet lessons. That GIF slayed me!
    Congrats to the authors. Hugs all around.

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    1. Lol, I was looking for a beautiful ballerina gif, but when I saw this one it was too tempting 🙂

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  14. Ballet is such a tough career. This sounds exciting and fresh. Thanks for sharing, Jacqui

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    1. Their poor feet! It’s described in this book and all I could think was ouch, ouch, ouch! lol

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  15. Hi Jacquie, you are always welcome! Your shares are so exciting in love, giving a faith and fate. Thank you for your well wishes! I am gliding within the fast movement of time. I hope your week is going well too! Hopefully, this coming Summer season will give us a big lift from the pandemic! The warmest hugs to you Jacquie! ☀️💫💞

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  16. Thank you for these great reviews! As always, my tbr list gets longer and longer. lol

    P.S. I don’t know why, but wordpress keeps unfollowing your blog. It’s very annoying because I don’t want to miss anything, so I’ll just keep checking in. xo

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    1. That’s happening to me with your blog, as well! WordPress doesn’t want us to be friends, lol

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      1. Well, WordPress can just forget about trying to stop us! 😀

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  17. The ballerina competition makes me think of the Black Swan movie with Natalie Portman. I’m more intrigued by Burning Water. Nice reviews, Jacquie!

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    1. Thanks, Teri. Yes, my mind went to Black Swan when I saw this book, as well- not as dark, though 🙂

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  18. All of your recent reviews sound like intriguing reads, Jacquie.

    I stopped getting notifications of your posts. I popped in to see if you were on a break, but you have been here posting lovely reviews. I’ve been on a semi-break. Happy reading!

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    1. WordPress unfollowed me from a bunch of blogs so I’ve been trying to catch up with everyone, again- err!
      I took a short break to finish a book I had under deadline, but I’m back now 🙂

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