A damaged family and their generations of dangerous secrets At twenty, Sara is tormented by terror so profound she hasn't left her home in five years. Like the mermaid in the fairytale her Spanish grandmother once told her, Sara imagines she is dancing on knives. She feels suffocated by her family, especially her father - the famous artist Augusto Sanchez - whose volcanic passions dominate their lives. Then one stormy night, her father does not come home. His body is found dangling from a cliff face. Astonishingly, he is still alive, but the mystery of his fall can only be solved by the revelation of long-held family secrets. At once a suspenseful murder mystery and a lyrical love story, Dancing on Knives is about how family can constrict and liberate us, how art can be both joyous and destructive, and how strength can be found in the unlikeliest places.
Dancing on Knives
Random House Australia
1 Reader Reviews
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.