Review: The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser

The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser
The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser by Hosanna Emily

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser was #1 on my “to-read” list for quite some time. I finally got it sent to me, and what a perfect birthday present!

The mystery spun in this novella begins when Emily Kessler sights an intruder on her family’s land in the middle of a dark and stormy night. Middle-schoolers, in particular, will enjoy the fast-moving plot and pleasant characters.

A part of me read Hosanna Emily’s book and wished for deeper, more consistent character development and a less-than-perfect setting and conclusion. But the truth is, it unfolds in simplicity to match its intended audience of middle-schoolers. Taking a step back, I hence recommend it, without hesitation, to readers of that age. The dialogue is natural, the descriptions are quaint. The characters are just the sort of people whom any 11- or 13-year-old would like to befriend.

Accompanying the picturesque people and plot, Hosanna Emily’s mystery teaches readers invaluable principles based on its theme Bible verse: “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalm 27:1. Young minds – all minds – eagerly feed on whatever morals are represented in the literature they consume. This book edifies them with truths from the very Word of God.

To summarize, I loved The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser. The truths that it stands for and the charm of its narrative make for a wholesome and sweet little read. I recommend it to middle-schoolers who value the truth of God’s Word and to readers of all ages who enjoy simplicity.


Shout-out to my dear friend who wrote this book. Seriously, Hosanna. Knowing you as a person makes it incredibly difficult to give an unbiased review. I initially gave your book 4 stars until I realized that I could only truly justify it for one reason: not wanting to come across to my readers as biased. I loved your book!


Let’s talk

  • Regardless of whether you are a middle-schooler, do you enjoy books written for such an audience?
  • How do you think fiction authors should ideally integrate Scripture into their stories?
  • Have you ever visited author Hosanna Emily’s blog? (Hint, hint)
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5 thoughts on “Review: The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser

  1. What a lovely review, Jordy! I totally agree- Hosanna Emily’s book was really good. ❤
    I still enjoy reading some well-written middle-school books (especially ones like this!) Much of what I read is probably considered "middle-grade" anyway since I don't read much modern YA stuff, since it's mostly just unwholesome junk in my opinion. ;(

    Thanks for the great review!

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    1. It’s true; reading literature intended for younger readers is a way to avoid some of the unwholesome alternatives. It almost seems like we – as a society – understand our higher ages as a licence to indulge in such unwholesome material under the banner of entertainment.

      Thanks for dropping a few words!

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