Hello Gemmies! As a member of the Faring Society, I am so excited to participate in the Fierce Reads Book Blog Tour for White Fox by Sara Faring. It is my pleasure to help spread the word for this contemporary YA mystery. First up on the tour is my book review...enjoy!
Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary
Publishing Date: September 22, 2020
After their world-famous actor mother disappeared under mysterious circumstances, Manon and Thaïs left their remote Mediterranean island home—sent away by their pharma-tech tycoon father. Opposites in every way, the sisters drifted apart in their grief. Yet their mother's unfinished story still haunts them both, and they can't put to rest the possibility that she is still alive.
Lured home a decade later, Manon and Thaïs discover their mother’s legendary last work, long thought lost: White Fox, a screenplay filled with enigmatic metaphors. The clues in this dark fairytale draw them deep into the island's surreal society, into the twisted secrets hidden by their glittering family, to reveal the truth about their mother—and themselves.
White Fox by Sara Faring is an eerie and mysterious YA thriller. I was so excited to receive this book to review and I was not disappointed, White Fox is the perfect summer spooky read! It pulls you in from the very first chapter. We find ourselves following two sisters Noni and Tai who embark on a mission to try and figure out what happened to their superstar actress mother Mireille Fox, who disappeared when they were young. Trigger warning, this book contains talk of suicide, murder, dealing with grief, and panic attacks.
White Fox is not your average mystery, it is a bit of a slow burn mixed with a coming of age story, and big pharma shenanigans all rolled into one. I believe the slow burn is purposely done to help set the tone of the book (the action really starts to pick up at the 50% mark). Each page unveils a small piece of the mystery by providing clues and divulging disturbing occurrences from the point of view from the two sisters Noni and Tai. The plot also constantly gets interrupted with additional information on their mother's disappearance, provided in the form of a missing film manuscript and newspaper articles. You need to try and decipher what the clues in the script and articles mean. I found myself wrapped up in the vivid imagery that made up this dark, mystical, and atmospheric world. It all works together to keep you off balance as you read on. I could never quite guess what was going on or where the bread crumbs were leading. It left me on edge and wanting to learn more about why these things were happening.
I enjoyed the overall aesthetic, writing style, and the imagery depicted throughout White Fox. The island and forest where a lot of the scenes take place were practically a character all on their own. White Fox is more of a mystery/plot driven story than a character driven story if that makes sense. And again I think Sara Faring has done this purposely. We really get to know Noni and Tai but I never felt a real connection to any of the other characters. Everyone else seems to have a secret agenda or be underhanded, and it all adds to the uncomfortable and unnerving feeling you get while reading. You really don't know who to trust until the end.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a unique reading experience. If you enjoy mysteries, technological thrillers with a sci-fi twist, and sisterhood, then go read this book. I give White Fox 4 out of 5 gems. I cannot wait for this story to be out in the world for all to read and enjoy. Happy Reading!