The Balance of Fear

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Pub Date 01 May 2021 | Archive Date 07 Nov 2021

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Elizabeth Stanton fled New York for Seattle, trading a career on Broadway for a teaching position in theater arts and a house built like a beautiful fort. But when she discovers one of her students dead inside an empty theater, Beth risks her own safety to discover the truth of Alyson’s death—a truth that lies hidden in the histories of four women and the events surrounding the production of the play Madame Butterfly. In this psychological mystery life imitates art, with deadly consequences.

Elizabeth Stanton fled New York for Seattle, trading a career on Broadway for a teaching position in theater arts and a house built like a beautiful fort. But when she discovers one of her students...


A Note From the Publisher

Publication of The Balance of Fear is to be followed in December 2022 with publication of its prequel The Good Defense. Elizabeth Stanton has lost her grandparents and her aunt Cleo, but she has the apartment she grew up in, a small group of close friends, and her career as a Broadway dancer. Then she reaches her hand into her coat pocket and pulls out a peep show token.

Publication of The Balance of Fear is to be followed in December 2022 with publication of its prequel The Good Defense. Elizabeth Stanton has lost her grandparents and her aunt Cleo, but she has the...


Advance Praise

"This was a great quick mystery read! I loved everything about it! Especially the awesome characters!"

"I’m surprised I’ve not heard much about it so far, and I’d definitely recommend it."

"This was a great quick mystery read! I loved everything about it! Especially the awesome characters!"

"I’m surprised I’ve not heard much about it so far, and I’d definitely recommend it."


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After Beth finds the body of one of her students, the search for the killer is on. The book is set up as any thriller: there’s a body, they find out the what and how, there’s several suspects, and a plot twist. I personally really liked it! I breezed through it, which isn’t very hard for a book that’s only 240 pages. I’d guess it’s a psychological thriller, because of all the mind games and back stories, which are written very well. You slowly learn more about Beth’s past, but it stays quite superficial. It’s really just about the case and some minor back stories, but doesn’t really go in depth. All in all I’m surprised I’ve not heard much about it so far, and I’d definitely recommend it.

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Elizabeth discovers one of her students dead inside an empty theater, Beth risks her own safety to discover the truth of Alyson’s death. four women lie and secrets are buried and the events surrounding the production of the play Madame Butterfly. This was a great quick mystery read! I loved everything about it! Especially the awesome characters! Thanks Publishers and NetGalley for this a were awesome book!

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The balance of fear is a mystery novel that follows the death of theatre student Alyson and four women in the community. This book was a pretty great mystery read, I was engrossed from the beginning because of how many different storylines aided the plot, and it ended beautifully. I would love to see the book enacted someday because I think it would translate very well in media. However, I would have loved to see more of the detective’s involvement through the story, and some more sleuthing and serious plotlines. Although the storylines started off and pulled me in, they weren’t wrapped together at the end. As a reader, I could tell what was happening but I would have appreciated a little more action and the consequences of the revelation of the mystery in the context of the book: what Beth, Susan, and Ami, would have done. I would love for it to be tied up at the end. Mental illnesses were very well portrayed in the book and weren’t stigmatized nor stereotypical; the characters were believable but would want to learn more about them and see them interact often.

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Great mystery read and also addressed mental disorders in a sensitive way. I ended up reading it in one evening as I was so absorbed by what was in front of me and I had to see how everything was going to end… An absolute must-read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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