Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Published August 8, 2016

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

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I was looking for a fiction book about ballet and this one popped up at exactly the right time. It traces the interweaving lives of several ballet dancers, male and female, plus their extended friends and family. The book moves forward through time quite rapidly, but then dips back again and again, so that each time you learn more about events.

I think the big reveal is quite an obvious one for everyone, although there were moments whether I wandered if it wasn’t going to take that route. Of course it did, which only served to add to the drama. It felt like that part was the smallest though, the least important, which is odd given the nature of the secret!

It took a while to grow on me, this book, particularly because the characters aren’t all that sympathetic, especially at the beginning. But I really started to enjoy it, and was then disappointed when it ended!

Rating: Unrated

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