The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
Review by M
The Midnight Dress is a very textured novel and the writing mostly matches its evocative setting. The UK cover promises this and the chapter headings develop it too. Like the midnight dress, the story is stitched patchwork piece by patchwork piece. I loved that about it.
The back cover promises magical realism but I felt that the story’s insinuations and intrigue slightly overshadowed the magic. At first, I enjoyed the story but then it went down cold paths that I didn’t think matched the overall warm tone of the story. I’m left disappointed by the ending.
Publication details: 2013, Hot Key Books, London, paperbackThis copy: review copy from the publishers