Alice by Christina Henry
A very dark and disturbing retelling of Alice in Wonderland
Synopsis: Alice and Hatcher meet in an insane asylum. One day, the Jabberwock escapes his prison- and so do Hathcher and Alice. Their drug addled minds do not allow them to remember their entire pasts but as the story unfolds, the two characters remember the trauma they endured and seek vengeance on those who caused it.
My thoughts/feelings: Are there any books that you really enjoyed but didn't feel like you could recommend to many people - there was just something about the book that you knew would limit the audience of who would enjoy the book?
Alice is that book for me. I LOVED it. The first #christinahenry book I read was Lost Boy. I really enjoyed that dark retelling of Peter Pan and was excited to read a dark retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Alice crosses the lines of dark and goes straight into a demented tale of abuse and gore. This book is not for the faint of heart. It touches on many, many triggering topics, and is violent and cruel and vile. It's a completely twisted and psychologically disturbing version of Alice. And yet, I couldn't put it down.
"She must start believing in impossible things, for impossible things kept appearing before her eyes."
"Just because I'm mad doesn't mean I'm not right. And you were mad not so long ago yourself."
"She wanted to weep, but the time for weeping had passed."
"One day, long ago, she'd gone seeking an adventure and found terror instead. That day had changed the course of her life, and left her hands awash in blood. It was not her fault, but this was how it must be. She understood that now."
"Alice had been raised to think violence was wrong, that a person should never take another's life. She was learning that there were times when it was necessary, and even right."
"In not being afraid, she had frightened him, because a girl who was not afraid was a girl who might harm him."
"It made Alice realize how much of life was full of empty stuff, objects longed for because the hope of them made your small life seem bigger, better, brighter."
"Life is not much like stories, Alice thought."