I was pretty meh about dancergirl. I was a little worried going into Circle of Silence that it would feel a little contrived and like I was being played for the sake of suspense. Fortunately, Circle of Silence was able to draw me in and had me guessing through the entire novel.
I think what I liked best about Circle of Silence was the slow build up of suspense, both through the eyes of Valerie and the point of view of the MP leader. As Val begins to work on the MP mysteries, the increasingly deranged view of the MP leader makes everything feel a little tenser. Val doesn’t know just how crazy he is beginning to get, and yet we know as readers. It helped amp up the tense atmosphere in a way that made absolute sense.
I liked Val and felt like I connected with her better than I did Alicia in dancergirl. I was also a huge fan of Jagger. There was just enough of their story in the background to make the novel feel like it had a little extra something without being overwhelmed by it. It’s sweet and just enough romance to bring a smile to my face.
Circle of Silence is a wonderful companion piece to dancergirl, or to read as a standalone novel. It’s well written and has wonderful characters. The suspense is amazing and will keep people guessing right up to the end.
The initial reason I started reading dancergirl was because I wanted to make sure Circle of Silence made sense when I started to read it. I had no expectations of what the book would be like, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The characters were very well written and I was especially fond of Jace. I wish there had been more of him and more relationship development between him and Alicia. I also wish there had been more of Ali’s mother in the story. The current trend of having extremely absentee parents gets a little more annoying each time I read it.
The writing was easy to read and flowed well. The beginning was a little awkward because there was a lot of explanation of details that didn’t have much bearing on the development of the story. Once that was out of the way, the story flowed easily along. The dance descriptions were gorgeous and Tanzman has an immense talent for writing that imagery, but on the flip side, she also has the ability to write tension and suspense.
As for the story, I felt like it was a little predictable in how Tanzman tried to make it unpredictable. I figured the ending out pretty early, and yet it still felt a little out of the blue, but not really in a good way. To me, there wasn’t enough character motivation given to let the ending make sense. It felt more like that outcome was chosen because it would seemingly be something unexpected.
Overall, dancergirl was a good book, but it fell flat in a few spots. It’s a good, quick read and has no major flaws, just little things here and there that held me back from falling completely in love with it.