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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Midnight Dress- Karen Foxlee

WOW…. Really that’s all I want to say.
This book was great and I couldn’t put it down. The synopsis on the cover doesn’t do it justice.
Yes there is a beautiful mysterious dress, yes a girl goes missing…But that’s not all, not even part of it.
First off the book takes place in Australia which is pretty unique, I, at least, don’t see it a lot. So the back drop for the story is beautiful and new.
The characters are good and almost believable teen girls, which is also hard to find in YA.
The culture is different, so it was interesting to see how a single dad manages to take his teen daughter on a rather wandering hobo like lifestyle where they move from one town to the next living in a trailer. Here in the USA that is almost impossible, CPS is all over that kind of shit. So I am interested to see if child services actually works differently in Australia or if the author tweaked some things for sake of the plot….either way bravo.
Rose and Pearl are two totally different people who become best friends. Pearl is beautiful and popular and only cares about leaving their small town and finding her Russian father. Rose is a misfit, trying hard to find someplace to belong while acting like she doesn’t care.
There is NO ROMANCE in this novel. There are discussions about love, lust and sex, there are a few clumsy teen make out sessions and gropes but love doesn’t fuel this novel.
The book is written in  a great way, the first part of every chapter is in italics present day after  the girl has gone missing and then the rest is normal font in the past telling us the events that led up to the girl disappearing. The author’s style is also very up front and nothing is sugar coated. So a warning there are hints of rape, molestation and a relationship between a 30 + guy and a teen girl…Those parts were a little disturbing, but they needed to be.
The mystery was a little hard to solve for me at first, I had it figured out by the end, but the author threw in a great red herring to lead readers astray.

This novel has no magic, it is simply YA fiction and really very good, anyone who likes YA and is looking for something outside of what this genre usually produces should read this book.


  1. I came across this book via a friend's review and it ended up on my TBR list (it still is). Your review addresses some points I haven't heard mentioned yet, like the educational issue or the capital-no-romance one :). And it's great that the mystery holds well. Now I want to read this book even more!

  2. This sounds really interesting! I need to put this on my list!


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