Book review – The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress by Beryl Bainbridge

Beryl Bainbridge was an English author who wrote 20 novels before her death in
girl2010. This was the final book she wrote, and she actually passed away before she had finished the book…

The book starts with Rose arriving in America where she is met by Harold, an older man who has agreed to help her find Dr Wheeler, a man from Rose’s childhood who it turns out Harold also knew. As the book progresses, and the pair make various stops along their journey, we find out more about why each character wants to find Dr Wheeler.

I found this book hard to get into and it didn’t grip me quite as much as I felt it should have. The two main characters were both intriguing, but I would have liked the action to focus more on them than the other random people that flitted in and out of the story. I also found out when I was just over half way through that the book was ‘unfinished’ and I must admit this put me off a bit – I felt like I was reading a book that may not have been how the author had intended.

Overall I wasn’t really blown away by this book, but it did make me want to read more by Bainbridge.

My rating: 6 out of 10



  1. Interesting, I didn’t know Beryl Bainbridge had written so many books! The only one I’ve read is Every Man For Himself (about the Titanic), and I recently picked up another book by her that I haven’t read yet.Great review! This one sounds skippable, but it does remind me that I should look at more of her books.

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