The Ingenue: A Novel
The Ingenue: A Novel by Rachel Kapelle-Dale
Genre: Women's Fiction
No. of Pages: 313
Date of US Publication: 6 December, 2022
My Rating: 2 Stars
What is the life of a child prodigy like?
This is the story of a near middle aged woman who is trying to figure out who she is after a childhood as a prodigy, the story of the love parents have for their child, the story of things that have been happening for way too long and shouldn’t. Not ever again.
I was on board for this one right up until the final quarter. That ending??
I was invested in this story, I really wanted to know how Saskia was going to move on, I wanted to see what would happen with secondary characters, but then, out of the blue, it’s over. Just like that. I found it so underwhelming and unsatisfying with far too many loose ends. I understand that like in life, an ending won’t always be clear but in a story like this one, a more neatly tied up end is something I find necessary.
Ultimately, the ending ruined this one for me.
eARC kindly provided by St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.