Mata Hari’s Last Dance Book Review

Book: Mata Hari’s Last Dance

Release date: July 19, 2016
 Pages: 288
Publisher: Touchstone Publishing
Source: Review Copy

Summary: Paris, 1917. The notorious dancer Mata Hari sits in a cold cell awaiting freedom…or death. Alone and despondent, Mata Hari is as confused as the rest of the world about the charges she’s been arrested on: treason leading to the deaths of thousands of French soldiers.

As Mata Hari waits for her fate to be decided, she relays the story of her life to a reporter who is allowed to visit her in prison. Beginning with her carefree childhood, Mata Hari recounts her father’s cruel abandonment of her family as well her calamitous marriage to a military officer. Taken to the island of Java, Mata Hari refuses to be ruled by her abusive husband and instead learns to dance, paving the way to her stardom as Europe’s most infamous dancer.

From exotic Indian temples and glamorous Parisian theatres to stark German barracks in war-torn Europe, international bestselling author Michelle Moran who “expertly balances fact and fiction” (Associated Press) brings to vibrant life the famed world of Mata Hari: dancer, courtesan, and possibly, spy.

 My Thoughts: The plot of this book and its setting really drew me in. The originality of the plot was something I enjoyed, as well as the fresh change in setting, and being part of different countries and worlds. There was sentiment and sadness in the book, and I did feel empathy for Mata Hari at times, however not all the time. I was searching for more of a romance in this book, I felt like it lacked in that sense. I also found myself flipping through some pages, because the book didn’t seem to hold my interest the entire time. Overall, I really liked the concept of the book, and how I could relate towards some of the characters, but it fell a little bit short for me.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy!
Writing: 7/10
Characters: 7/10
Plot: 6/10
Ending: 9/10
Originality: 9/10
Overall: 38/50

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