Can’t Wait Wednesday #64: The Ingenue by Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Posted November 9, 2022 by WendyW in Blogging, Bloglinks, Book Blog Meme / 36 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally, they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The Ingenue by Rachel Kapelke-Dale
Publication Date: December 6, 2022.
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Women’s Fiction


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.

Why I Can’t Wait!

I enjoyed the author’s previous book, The Ballerinas, so I’m excited to read this one.

What book or books are you anxiously waiting for? Comment below!

36 responses to “Can’t Wait Wednesday #64: The Ingenue by Rachel Kapelke-Dale

  1. This does sound dark and also possibly emotional with having to face the past. Hope it turns out as good as the Ballerinas, Wendy

    • Yes, that should be interesting. I have only read one other book by her, and don’t see her books around much, but she writes really well.