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.
“Things that are worth nothing are easy to come by.”
Since getting my kindle it’s not often that I have an actual book in my hand and I’m not sure whether that was part of the reason I managed to easily devour this book in a little over 24 hours. Needless to say since starting reading yesterday I’ve spent every waking moment trying to sneak in another chapter or two, or even three.
Although it’s not my preferred genre (I’m more of a crime/thriller girl) but I must admit I really enjoyed it and will be searching out other books with a similar theme. However, I must point out that the story may not be everyone’s cup of tea due to some of the more disturbing themes in the book such as rape, people trafficking, prostitution and torture, but as they aren’t overly detailed it worked just fine for me.
The main protagonists, Alice and Hatch, begin the take in a mental asylum where they have been for the last 10 or so years until one day a fire breaks out and they escape. The story follows them as they try to find their way around the Old City regaining their lost memories in order to defeat the darkness that escaped with them.
I loved the dark twist on the classic Alice in Wonderland novel and I loved how Christina Henry has taken characters from the original – the Caterpillar, Cheshire Cat, Walrus, White Rabbit, all of whom are portrayed in human form, and reworked them into her tale, my favourite being Cheshire.
Don’t get me wrong, there are parts that I wasn’t a huge fan of, such as the fact that all the women in the book, Alice included at the beginning, seemed to be dependent on the men, owned by men or ultimately saved by men.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, such much so that I have already ordered the second book in the series Red Queen and will be looking forward to starting that as soon as it arrives.
If you’ve read the book, what did you think? I’d love to know.
Title: Alice (The Chronicles of Alice #1)
Author: Christina Henry
Page Count: 325
Publication Date: 28 June 2016
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