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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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley for an honest review.

ALICE is a darker, more twisted look into the world of Alice in Wonderland.  The characters and world building is very well-developed. Rabbit is not the fluffy bunny we all loved as a child, but one of four bosses of the Old City. He sells girls into the sex slave trade. The other bosses are the Walrus, Caterpillar, and Cheshire. The only one of theses bosses that is not into the sex slave trade is Cheshire. Now ten years ago Alice was found outside of New City jabbering about a rabbit, and she was covered in blood, and had a cut on her cheek. Her family thought she was crazy and a threat to herself. They locked her up in the asylum for ten years. While she is in there she becomes friends with the man who is in the room next door. They communicate through a mouse-hole in the wall. His name is Hatchet. He got the name when he was found with an ax in his hand and there was men dead all around him. He doesn’t remember anything from that day. He has gaps of memory loss. The night they escape the asylum is when it catches fire, and everything is in chaos. Something also escapes with them that has been locked up for a very long time in the basement.

He has been forgotten like the Magicians that put him there.  The name of the thing is called the Jabberwocky. Alice and Hatchet will travel across the Old City to find something the destroy the Jabberwocky, and also face what happened to them in the past. This book also has elements of the book of old, but in a more twisted sadistic way. I loved the book and could not put it down. I was rooting for Alice and Hatchet throughout the book. This is a great twist to an old tell. I recommend this book to everyone, and I give ALICE 5/5 STARS. Christina Henry has a hit on her hands with this book. If you love her Black Wing novels you will love this book. I want more Alice.