Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The Midnight Dress, by Karen Foxlee
The story itself is told in a broken narrative, with each chapter beginning with a police investigator trying to figure out what happened to the missing girl, and then the chapter switches back to the past where Rose and Pearl become acquainted, the dress is made, and things eventually fall apart. More so than normal, the flashback approach is cumbersome and difficult to work through. In the interest of being mysterious and "lyrical," the writing is dense and tricky. I found it a lot of work to read and, in the end, not really worth the trouble (too much back tracking and confusion whenever I drifted and lost focus). Reading shouldn't be that much work!