Dance of Shadows Exclusive: More pages from Margaret Adler’s diary

I shared a page I had found  from Margaret Adler’s diary just a week or two ago. Today I found another in a pile of papers.  We, her friends and family, are all concerned she has been missing so long and we want nothing more that to find her safe and well. Margaret disappeared from the New York Ballet Academy and her sister, Vanessa, is determined to find out what happened to her. We hope that by posting the diary entries you may be able to piece together the clues that will help us bring Margaret home. To view the previous pages go HERE and keep an eye out for more, somebody must be able to help!


 [October 10]

Dear Diary,

Is it so bad to lie to your mother if you know that the truth would only make her worry? She calls me most every day, and most every day I tell her the same things:

  1. I love it here (true)
  2. Classes are difficult but rewarding (true)
  3. I don’t understand why I have to study math (true)
  4. I am making friends with lots of my classmates (a lie)
  5. The teachers are inspiring (a sort of lie)

I can’t tell her how venomous some of my classmates are or else she’d tell me that I need to just smile and offer to be their friends. That’s my mom: she thinks that mean people are her fault, that she just has to be nicer to them. Me, I think that mean people have a defect in their souls. If their faces were as misshapen as their souls, they’d be a bunch of ghastly monsters.

And the teachers are inspiring, but they are also a little . . . weird. Josef, for example, advises us to “let it in” while he’s pushing us through combinations and exercises. Let what in? He never says. At first I found his intensity kind of sexy but now I find it kind of scary. He is all about dance. Nothing and no one else matters.

Is that the price one has to pay to become a great dancer? Is that even worth it?




Dance of Shadows

by Yelena Black

Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you’re close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner’s heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . . Vanessa doesn’t believe that her sister is a runaway. She wouldn’t leave her family behind without saying a word. The only way Vanessa can discover the truth behind her mysterious disappearance is to follow in Margaret’s footsteps, but to do so she risks her sanity and maybe even her life . . .

Vanessa Adler is one of the talented few to get a place at the acclaimed New York Ballet Academy. Between backbreaking rehearsals for the school’s production of The Firebird she desperately tries to find out what happened to her sister before she vanished. There are rumors that the pressure of performing the lead role, the same role Vanessa is now rehearsing for, drove her mad. Other girls have gone missing too. Can the role be cursed? Vanessa’s new relationship with leading-man Zep only seems to complicate things further. What is he hiding from her and can she really trust him?

Available worldwide on February 14th from Bloomsbury

US I UK I Australia I New Zealand


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Parrish
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 07:24:16

    this sounds like a book my wife would enjoy.



  2. Petty Witter
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 02:13:07

    I’ve been reading lots of good things about this book, many thanks for sharing this with us.



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