A haunting story of a damaged family, dangerous secrets and the sea
At twenty, Sara is tormented by an inexplicable terror so profound she has been unable to leave her home in five years. Like the mermaid in the fairy tale her grandmother once told her, Sara feels that she is Dancing on Knives, unable to speak.
Then one stormy night, her father - the famous artist Augusto Sanchez - does not come home. His body is found dangling from a cliff face. Astonishingly, he is still alive.
The mystery of his fall can only be solved by the revelation of long-held family secrets and by Sara's realisation that strength can be found in the most unlikely places.
At once a suspenseful murder mystery and a lyrical love story, Dancing on Knives resonates with the entrancing - and dangerous - music and stories of the sea.
About the Author
Kate Forsyth is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty books, including The Witches of Eileanan and Rhiannon's Ride series for adults, and The Puzzle Ring, The Gypsy Crown, and The Starthorn Tree for children. She has won or been nominated for numerous awards. Her books have been published in 13 different countries, including Japan, Poland, Spain and Turkey, and Kate is currently undertaking a doctorate in fairytale retellings at the University of Technology/ Her recent novels include Bitter Greens a retelling of Rapunzel and The Wild Girl, the story of how the Grimm brothers collected their folk tales.
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Comments about Dancing on Knives:
I have always liked Kate Forsyth's books, and the idea of her having reworked this story many times before appealed to me. However, I had – and still do – mixed feelings about Dancing on Knives. While it sprinkles hints of The Little Mermaid throughout in a subtle and masterful way, I found the story itself to be not as interesting. While The Wild Girl deals with very dark themes, I felt that Dancing on Knives was just…depressing. It dragged at times, and not much happened. However, I liked the ending, which was a blend of positivity and negativity – a nice, real close. Sara's change over the course of the novel was both interesting and liberating and made the ending all the more enjoyable.
On the whole, I would recommend Dancing on Knives, as it is another addition to Kate Forsyth's admirable works, and deserves to be read, despite whatever qualms I had about it.
Comments about Dancing on Knives:
Really a 3.5 out of 5 ... once again the quality of writing is superb. This was Kate Forsyth's first novel I believe, and after a couple of reworks was released as Dancing on Knives. The story is bleak, don't expect a happy go lucky tale, if there's one thing I admired about the book it was the ability to drag the reader into the depths of despair. I was depressed reading it! The only reason it scored a middle of the range mark, is simply because I couldn't engage with the characters, I didn't feel for them and at times was quite frustrated with the whole Sanchez family! But you can't take away from Kate's writing and storytelling skills...she's one of the best.
"A surprising combination of family drama, murder mystery and love story. Lyrical and exhilarating. Sara’s journey is striking as she faces her fears and moves on; she is a heroine of the modern order." - Johanna de Wever, Australian Book Review
"Family saga, fable and whodunit all rolled into a vivid and lyrical whole." - Elizabeth Knox
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 2nd June 2014
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.4 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.41