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3.36  ·  Rating details ·  445 ratings  ·  172 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 22nd 2020 by Imprint
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Angela Staudt
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to Fierce Reads and the author for an eARC for being on the street team!

White Fox is my first book from the author, and it was definitely different from anything I have read. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this intriguing mysterious book. It was not as scary and creepy as I thought, but much deeper and more atmospheric.

White Fox follows two sisters who return to their home which is on a very strange island because their father passed away, and they think they can find
Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
Even though I wasn't a fan of this author's other book so much, this one sounds amazing and I'm honestly impressed that she could come up with two such drastically different premises so soon! I can't wait to read this one <3 ...more
Lea (drumsofautumn)

“I guess grief is like that: the banshee patiently waiting in the many-halled house of your mind, so quiet in certain moments, until you turn a corner and see how it takes up rooms and rooms, cracking their floors and windows with its volume, its weight.”

White Fox is a novel that started out very intriguing and promising for me but eventually lost me along the way of unraveling the mystery.

To be fair I think there was a problem with me expecting a Thriller more so than a Mystery so I
Melanie (mells_view)
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
”Beauty isn’t that which is beautiful, it is that which pleases us.”

White Fox is a beautifully layered YA psychological mystery about sisters, family, and secrets. I loved how this story is told from multiple POVs, but also how the author explores storytelling within the story, which adds a magical dark fairy tale aspect to the already mysterious island setting of Viloxin.

At its simplest this story is about two distant sisters, Manon and Thaïs, wanting to find the mother that abruptly disappeare
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-interested
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

White Fox is the sort of book that creeps up on you, digs in its claws, and makes you wonder what just happened. Isolated estates, dark secrets, rotting glamour, and a fraught sister relationship combine to unpack the misogyny of celebrity, toxic family relationships, and the ways in which a veneer of wealth and privilege can cover up a blighted reality.

With a mixed media format, unlikeable characters, and a great many unanswered questions, this book walks the line of we
Cody Roecker
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Edit: my official blurb was released a little bit ago!!!

"An atmospheric masterpiece...White Fox is sure to be beloved by all who get their hands on this golden work."

Initial thoughts:

Spectacular. Very reminiscent of a more sinister OVER THE GARDEN WALL mixed with the background of a high class family. Adored every thrilling second.
Thank you to Macmillian audio for an ALC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I haven't read Sara Faring before, but this was such a cool story. When their world-famous mother disappears, Manon and Thaïs are sent away from their Mediterranean island home by their father. In their grief, their sisters drift apart, but they haven't forgotten the mystery of their mother. Ten years later, they're lured back home with the promise of finding White Fox, their mother's last work whi
This was a bit not what I had expected. I can't tell if it exceeded my expectations (or if it didn't). I wasn't surprised nor was I let down. I did like the book, but at the same time it didn't really blew me away (hence the 4 star rating). I think the aesthetic, writing style, and the images depicted throughout the book made me want to keep reading.

It reminded me of the French film, "Last Year at Marienbad". What it had in common were the subtle changes (from present time to film/script). I im
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I was utterly blown away by The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring, so you know that White Fox is one of my most highly anticipated releases this year. And the core of what I love about Faring's books - thrilling and detailed atmospheres and elegant writing - were brought into White Fox. From the very beginning, White Fox begins bewitching readers from page one. I can't put my finger on what
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*Spoiler free*

After the whirlwind that was The Tenth Girl, I was beyond eager to read Sara Faring's new book, White Fox. Two sisters find the lost script of their missing mother. A house that's strange and holds many secrets. It's Sara Faring: I was ready to get my mind warped once again.

White Fox is very different than The Tenth Girl. The Tenth Girl is all ice and blood, while White Fox is earth and life. It wasn't what I was expecting, but that doesn't mean I didn't love it any less.

First off,
Nov 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
I hate what I'm about to say... I don't want to hurt the author's feelings at all! I'm so sorry, Sara!

Let me preface this by saying that this was a thick book. I have so many books I want to read that if a book is over 360 pages, I tend to shy away from it. But this one sounded SO GOOD. And, I'm a teen librarian, so I thought, "Oh, I MUST read this!" And, I was the first on the wait list at the library. I just saw all of that to say, I was in anticipation waiting to get this book. I went into i
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
I feel like I would have enjoyed this book more if I was also given some special tea.

“White Fox” follows two sisters, the bright influencer Tai and the more reserved and bookish Manon as they return home to uncover the truth behind their mother’s disappearance ten years ago.

I’ve been seeing this book around since the cover reveal and it was one I couldn’t wait to read so maybe part of the disappointment stems from the high hopes I had when opening it for the first time but they were quickly da
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-ya-ya, netgalley
I'm DNFing this one...

The writing is choppy and the transitions from Noni/Manon to Tia/Thias or whatever her other name was just didn't work for me. I was also getting frustrated with the completely made up setting of the book. I haven't read many realistic/contemporary fiction novels that take place on a made up island with a made up history and made up language. It all came off as very cheesy. I feel like setting this in some notoriously secluded Mediterranean island or something else could ha
Monica (crazy_4_books)
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, 4-stars
IMPORTANT WARNING: This book totally spoils the twist of Sara's first novel "The Tenth Girl". If you're interested in reading that book, DO NOT read "White Fox" first, YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!
It was hard for me to decide what to rate this book. On the one hand, this book may appeal to a larger audience than Sara's debut novel "The Tenth Girl" because: first, it's a more standard-ish mystery suspense novel aimed to YA readers mai
Erika Lynn (shelf.inspiration)
5 Stars

“Beauty isn’t that which is beautiful... It is that which pleases us.” - White Fox.

See more on my Bookstagram: Shelf.Inspiration Instagram

REVIEW: This book follows sisters Manon and Thaïs who left their Mediterranean home after their famous actress mother disappeared under mysterious circumstances. During these years, the sisters ended up drifting apart due to their differences and their grief. However, their mother’s unfinished story still haunts them, and they can’t stop thinking ab
Sep 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-shelf
3.5 stars

This book had so much potential, but it fell a little short for me. At times there was so much description to set the creepy tone of the book that I got bored and drawn out of the story. I felt like I got 50% into the story and there was still nothing happening.

I loved the scenes with Manon and Hérrakí because of the tension between their characters and how opposite they thought. I also really loved the White Fox script. It felt like a giant riddle, and I liked getting a glimpse into
(I received an e-arc of White Fox from Fierce Reads as part of The Faring Society! Thank you Fierce Reads!)

I didn't entirely connect with the characters (and I have strong feelings about them), however, the plot was something else. It was strange and puzzling. Plus the way the story was told—with parts of a movie script, newspaper articles, and interviews interwoven into the book—made it both unnerving and atmospheric in the right moments.

Full review soon!

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Jinsok Maitri
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reiew. Manon and Thais are the daughters of a famous actress who went missing a decade ago. After their father dies and they return the the island where they grew up, they start investigating her disappearance. Mireille was well=loved. Maybe too much so. And the family had lots of secrets that keep you guessing all the way to the end. I love it when an author introduces twists into the st ...more
Sowmya (bookishelflife)
Thanks to Fierce reads for an eARC of the book in exchange of an honest review.All opinions expressed are my own and are not compensated in any way

White Fox is a curtain raiser for my spooky reads season aka Autumn, it is certainly a book with unique premise and format that has bits of screen play which acts as bread crumbs for the mystery that is to be resolved. The dark twisted tale revolves around hidden family secrets and broken relationships, it has all the ingredients to make a creepy thri
Absolutely atmospheric. This novel is told from the POV of two sisters and alternating news articles, movie scripts, letters and the like. Manon and Thais’ mother disappeared a decade ago under mysterious circumstances. Lured home, they soon find themselves deep in societal secrets and family lies rushing to uncover a truth that someone wants to keep buried.

I want to give props to Heidi Rew and Stephanie Willis for bringing to life the creepy undertone and gothic eerie feeling of this novel thro
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Intriguing premise and some lyrically interesting prose, bogged down by the two primary characters - one morose, awkward and envious, the other frivolous and self-centred (both stereotypical YA tropes, though this isn’t being marketed as a YA book). Like other reviewers I started losing interest in the slow resolution of the “mystery” of their missing mother: I had to force myself to finish this novel.
Anna Bright
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, mystery
*incoherent yelling*

EDIT: okay, proper review time.

Manon and Thaïs's mother disappeared over a decade ago. She was a famous actress, an it-girl, an enigma, the wife of a Big Pharma tycoon. And when she left, she took with her everything that held Noni and Tai together.

Ten years later, an invitation to a high-fashion retrospective honoring the elusive Mireille Foix will be what summons them home from New York City, to the island of Viloxin that is as insular and mysterious as Mireille was. There,
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

*Thank you so much Imprint and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review WHITE FOX*

Content Warnings: Talks of suicide, talks of murder, suggested murder, on page panic attacks, underage drinking.

When I read The Tenth Girl last May and I immediately fell in love with Sara's story telling. The Tenth Girl kept me on the edge of my seat with dark imagery, intriguing mystery and a science fiction twist that I didn't see coming. When Sar
Isabella (The Feminist Bookworm)
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blurbed
OK, so I read a manuscript of this pre-COVID to blurb, and I loved it, I happily gave it a blurb. I always feel the need to reread books I read in manuscript form, because who knows what could have changed, right? And this one especially... pre-COVID feels like another lifetime, and the amount I remember of what I read during early 2020 is quite minimal. So glad I reread it.

It was INCREDIBLE. I think it's 10x better than The Tenth Girl, which I really liked. I do think this one has more commerci
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
[3.75/5] White Fox centers around two sisters who return to the lush Mediterranean-esque island and ancestral mansion where they grew up. Manon (Noni) is the oldest, a quiet aspiring writer. Thais (Tai), the youngest, is stunningly beautiful and social media-obsessed.

They’re called back to attend a gala honoring their mother, a world-famous movie star who disappeared a decade earlier. The girls are determined to figure out what really happened to her.

I really enjoyed the feeling I got while read
Jan 02, 2021 marked it as abandoned
I’m not a big New Year’s Resolutions person, but I did vow to be a lot more ruthless about DNFing books that are just plain bad or that I just don’t like.

This one, unfortunately meets both of those criteria.

This book was marketed as comparable to The Hazel Wood, which is, to put it kindly, quite a reach.

I gave it 100 pages, which is what I’m trying to give every book before DNFing, and it didn’t pass muster.
Toya (the reading chemist)
I don’t know what it is, but Sara Faring’s writing and I never seem to mesh like we are supposed to. Bummer.
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it
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Interesting story, dull characters. Bit of a meh read overall
Aug 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you Imprint for providing me with the arc to review.

White fox is definitely one of the most unique books I’ve read. It’s atmospheric and very wild and for most of the story, I had zero clue what was actually happening.

We follow Manon and Thais, two sisters who lost their mom a decade earlier and are trying to solve what actually happened to her. The world this story takes place in sounded so beautiful and just completely wild and at times, strange. I loved the coastal feel of the is
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Born in Los Angeles, Sara Faring is a multi-lingual Argentine-American fascinated by literary puzzles.

After working in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, she worked at Penguin Random House. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in International Studies and from the Wharton School in Business.

She currently resides in New York City.

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