Alice by Christina Henry

In the early hours of this morning I finally finished reading Alice – I started reading this book in February! 

From the blurb:

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.

Christina Henry has written a dark sequel to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. 

At the beginning of the book we find a 26 year old Alice in a mental institution. She has never been able to get over what happened to her ten years ago. Alice has only splinters of memories from that fateful tea party; she knows that something terrible happened to her, but she can’t quite recall the details. She remembers what happened as if it was a hazy nightmare which she can’t quite escape. 

Alice befriends the man in the next cell, Hatcher, who went mad and killed a lot of people with an axe. Hatcher is convinced a monster is trying to get him, and when she hears the Jabberwocky stirring in his prison below, Alice starts to believe him…

The institution collapses as the Jabberwocky escapes his prison, in an explosion of fire and destruction. Alice and Hatcher manage to get free, and vow to stop the monster from destroying everything in it’s path. 

Alice is broken and tormented by memories of her last adventures, but she knows that she is the only one who can stop the Jabberwocky.  

This book is amazing! It is a dark, twisted, horrifying sequel to Alice in Wonderland. It’s not so much Alice by Tim Burton as Alice by Marilyn Manson.  It really reminded me of the Xbox game Alice The Madness Returns.

I stopped reading the book in February because I was severely depressed, but now that I am feeling better I was able to finish it. 

If you like dark fairytale you will love this book – I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Cheerio!

Stephani Xx

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