The Turnout

The Turnout

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 03/08/2021
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The Turnout
A gripping and sinister read!
Having read previous books by Megan Abbott, I knew that I was going to be in for a taut, gripping, and quietly unnerving read - The Turnout certainly deliv... READ MORE
Emma B-W
The Turnout
The Turnout
This is my fourth or fifth Megan Abbot book and I have to be completely honest - her books stress me out. And I mean that as a sincere compliment. Her nove... READ MORE
Lesley at Commercial Street Dundee


The new thriller, set in the hothouse world of a ballet school, from the multi-award-winning writer Megan Abbott.

With their long necks and matching buns and pink tights, Dara and Marie Durant have been dancers since they can remember. Growing up, they were trained by their glamorous mother, founder of the Durant School of Dance. After their parents' death in a tragic accident nearly a dozen years ago, the sisters began running the school together, along with Charlie, Dara's husband and once their mother's prized student. The three have perfected a dance that keeps the studio thriving.

But when a suspicious accident occurs, just at the onset of the school's annual performance of The Nutcracker-a season of competition, anxiety, and exhilaration-an interloper arrives and threatens their delicate balance.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349012476
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 600g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 34 mm

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The Turnout
Beauty & Pain
It's rare that I feel completely seen in a book. Usually, the dance ones get a lot of things wrong, but this one? I just feel so exposed. Megan Abbot mana... READ MORE
Milica S.
The Turnout
Megan Abbott - The Turnout
Ballet has always been the world of sisters Dara and Marie. Their glamourous mother, a former ballet soloist, had kept them close and after the parents’ de... READ MORE
The Turnout
I'm a big fan of Megan Abbott, and The Turnout might be her best yet. Marie and Dara are sisters and they run a ballet school along with Charlie, Dara's hu... READ MORE
Jim Hanks
The Turnout
A truly repulsive picture of life within a traditional ballet school.
Megan Abbott gives us a truly repulsive picture of life within a traditional ballet school in ‘The Turnout.’ The bullying pupils, the pushy parents, the o... READ MORE
Sarah D
The Turnout
Not very gripping...
Thanks to Virago for letting me read The Turnout in advance. Unfortunately I wasn't a fan of this one at all! I found it really boring and too long; the pr... READ MORE
Rachel Walker
The Turnout
Ballet Horror
I bought this book on the strength of a really good short story I’d read by the author and I was not disappointed. Isn’t a human monster more scary than so... READ MORE
The Turnout
Captivating and haunting
An intoxicating and terrifying look at the insular world of Dara and Marie, two sisters who have never known anything but their family's ballet legacy. Hav... READ MORE
Deirdre Sheridan
The Turnout
Abbott does it again
I believe reading a new Megan Abbott book is one of life’s absolute pleasures. She is one of my favourite writers and prose stylists and the fact that I wa... READ MORE
Ophelia  Ciocirlan
The Turnout
There was a bit of this i really loved but others that didn't work for me. I did like the world-building and the way the dance studio seemed like its own c... READ MORE
beth younge
The Turnout
Tension and twists...
I have never read one of Megan Abbott’s books before, but the description caught my imagination. Dara and Marie are sisters, the daughters of Madame Duran... READ MORE
Karen Radford
The Turnout
slow burning suspense....
This was a bit different to what i was expecting but in a good way! I have read Megan's previous work so i think i was expecting more of a fast paced thri... READ MORE
Zoe Woodend
The Turnout
Unsettling and exquisite
If you’re a fan of well-written psychological thrillers, then you really should be reading Megan Abbott. The American author is a modern queen who’s pushed... READ MORE
Craig Sisterson
The Turnout
Dark and twisty
This compelling tale is set in a Ballet School run by Charlie, Dara and Marie who are preparing for the annual performance of The Nutcracker. Their famil... READ MORE
wendy flood