The Ingenue by Rachel Kapelke-Dale @macmillanaudio #booktwitter #bookreview


My Dark Vanessa meets The Queen’s Gambit in this new novel of suspense about the bonds of family, the limits of talent, the risks of ambition, and the rewards of revenge.

When former piano prodigy Saskia Kreis returns home to Milwaukee after her mother’s unexpected death, she expects to inherit the family estate, the Elf House. But with the discovery that her mother’s will bequeathed the Elf House to a man that Saskia shares a complicated history with, she is forced to reexamine her own past–and the romantic relationship that changed the course of her life–for answers. Can she find a way to claim her heritage while keeping her secrets buried, or will the fallout from digging too deep destroy her?

Set against a post #MeToo landscape, Rachel Kapelke-Dale’s The Ingenue delves into mother-daughter relationships, the expectations of talent, the stories we tell ourselves, and what happens when the things that once made you special are taken from you. Moving between Saskia’s childhood and the present day, this dark, contemporary fairy tale pulses with desire, longing, and uncertainty, as it builds to its spectacular, shocking climax.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin’s Press.


Saskia is a former piano prodigy turned boxer. She has returned home to Milwaukee and the Elf House after her mother’s unexpected death. But, the bad memories are outweighing the good. Then she discovers her mother left the house to someone else. Saskia was supposed to get this house…so what happened?!?

Saskia is unsure where to turn after this shocking revelation. So, she goes straight to the source. The man she had an affair with at a VERY young age!

This story started strong and I was totally giving it 5 stars. Then the main character, Saskia does something completely out of character. And to be honest, it made me mad. I expected something, just not exactly that. I changed my rating to a 4. So you need to read this to find out! Then you need to find me somewhere online and let me know what you think.

The narrator, Stephanie Willis, did a good job. There were places in which her voice was too low. Not sure if this is a production problem or a narrator problem. Now, don’t get me wrong…I just kept turning the volume up. Because I HAD TO KNOW WHAT WAS HAPPENING!

There is so much more I want to say…but I just do not write long reviews. No one has time to read that. But this novel really hit the emotions from all directions! So, I am changing my rating back to a 5…mid review mind you! Any book which keeps the emotions rolling as you are writing the review…FIVE STARS IT IS!

Need a good novel with dark undertones and a freaking twist…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

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