In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo with the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blonde, 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.
A creepy and engaging dark retelling! I loved how dark this book was, and how the characters weren’t quite what you’d expect.
I also really liked the general story, even if Alice isn’t always terribly reliable. But that’s good too – especially at the start, the way it’s written really worked for me. And the horror of what she feels comes across well.
What I didn’t like was the epic mistreatment of women throughout. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not shown as good, and Alice and Hatcher don’t take part, but it’s consistent and horrible. I like that we are some get away, but I’m not sure how much it added to the story to have it there. Other than making the world horrible and dark? Which I think there are other ways to do.
Alice and Hatcher’s casual killing and disregard for everyone else (though that’s more Hatcher) is also hard to read. I actually understand it, and they probably couldn’t have done much more most of the time, but I missed a level of compassion I think.
I did really enjoy it, and it drew me in well, but I’m still not sure right now if I will pick up more of her books.
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