Alice Isn’t Dead: A Novel
Alice Isn’t Dead, from the author and creative mind behind the fantastic Welcome to Nightvale, is a fleshed-out and novelized version of a story that began as a podcast of the same name. I had actually listened to the first–and only the first–episode of the podcast and had to stop because the horror of the monsters Fink conjures is so visceral. In other words, I wimped out halfway through the first episode. But the basis of the story was memorable and intriguing enough to lure me to the novel. And it was well worth it.
The story follows a woman, Keisha, who’s taken a job as a truck driver as part of her nationwide search for her missing wife, Alice, who everyone else has assumed dead. Based on the title, it’s not a spoiler to say that Alice isn’t, in fact, dead. But in the process of discovering that Alice isn’t dead, Keisha uncovers a nefarious breed of man-eating monster living just under the skin of society, lurking along roadsides and in the shadows of forgotten rest stops. And then she discovers a corporation with powerful connections that’s trying to fight them off. Maybe.
What develops is a lyrical, captivating, imaginative story that will seep into your consciousness and remain for quite some time–and that isn’t a bad thing. Alice Isn’t Dead is an excellent journey that walks the line between fantasy, drama, and adventure in a suspenseful, incredibly enjoyable way that pays off. Highly recommended,
|Page Count||336 pages|
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