Ladies if you ever decide to get revenge on a guy who did you wrong - read this book first. Payback can be sweet but sometimes comeuppance comes with a high price tag. Kill Dress by John Young is a supernatural fable with a killer plot.
Five beautiful young women, April, Joi, Nancy, Heather and Kim, are best friends. They're always there for each other, ready to lend a hand when one of the group has a problem. When Kim is dumped by her boyfriend the girls rally round her and decide she needs a vacation. Kim and Joi travel to Louisiana and meet an old woman whose ancestors made garments for Queen Nefertari, Queen Cleopatra, and the Queen of Sheba. She offers to make Kim a dress and although she takes no measurements, she presents Kim with a beautiful seductive garment and refuses to take any money for it. Just return it when you're finished with it, she tells Kim. Kim has no idea that the old woman has used mystical fibers to create an enchanted dress that no man can resist. When those close to Kim start dying, some people think it's because of the dress, but she refuses to believe it and maintains her right to wear what she wants. What would possess a woman to wear something so dangerous?
The intriguing premise of this supernatural mystery drew me in and kept me reading until an end I didn't see coming. But I would have liked a longer story allowing the characters room to develop their individual personalities. They felt flat and I wasn't able to connect with them and develop sympathy for their conflicts. If you are looking for a quick plot-driven escape, you'll enjoy Kill Dress.
Publisher: Outskirts Press (November 23, 2009)
Paperback: 74 Pages