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Alice by Christina Henry
Series: The Chronicles of Alice #1
Published by Ace on August 4, 2015
Genres: Fantasy Noir, Horror, Paranormal
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll...
In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.
In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…
Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.
Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.
And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.
I received Alice from Ace Roc stars and am finally getting to it, in the preparation of the release of book 2, The Red Queen in July. I have wanted to read it since I had the impression it was a mystery of sorts. I ignored the impressions of it being loosely connected to the Alice in Wonderland stories since I have never enjoyed them. I also paid no attention to the fantasy and horror labels.
Alice is DARK. I would classify it as fantasy horror, more than a mystery. It does have some of the same confusing feels of the Lewis Carroll book. The author has cleverly brought in some of the name and circumstances. It is well-written.
Surprisingly, I liked it. I read easily with my attention captured. I wanted to know more. However, it is dark and unpleasant. There are few good guys here. Murder and rape are everywhere. Still, progress is made and I will read onward.
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