Alice Isn't Dead

Alice Isn't Dead

From the New York Times bestselling co-author of It Devours! and Welcome to Night Vale comes a fast-paced thriller about a truck driver searching across America for the wife she had long assumed to be dead.“This is not a story. It’s a road trip.”Keisha Lewis lived a quiet life with her wife, Alice, until the day that Alice disappeared. After months of searching, presuming...

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Title:Alice Isn't Dead
Author:Joseph Fink
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Alice Isn't Dead Reviews

  • WV

    I like this even more than Welcome to Night Vale. There, I said it.

  • Hanna

    I cried at the end. It's not even a sad ending, I've just been following the podcast since the very beginning and can't believe the story is over. I loved it. I love it. The podcast. The book. Both absolutely creepy, thrilling, inspiring, and wonderful.

  • Blake

    "She couldn’t go home. Because home wasn’t a place. Home was a person. And she hadn’t found that person yet.”

    WOW. And I thought I loved Night Vale. Full disclaimer, I only listened to the first season of the Alice Isn’t Dead podcast, so I can’t compare this to the podcast very much.

    Holy shiz balls. This book, guys. If you’ve been looking for a queer story where the plot didn’t focus on the characters coming out, or dealing with suicide, or any of the stereotypical crap we have to deal with in re

    "She couldn’t go home. Because home wasn’t a place. Home was a person. And she hadn’t found that person yet.”

    WOW. And I thought I loved Night Vale. Full disclaimer, I only listened to the first season of the Alice Isn’t Dead podcast, so I can’t compare this to the podcast very much.

    Holy shiz balls. This book, guys. If you’ve been looking for a queer story where the plot didn’t focus on the characters coming out, or dealing with suicide, or any of the stereotypical crap we have to deal with in real life, this is the book for you. A queer woman of color gets to lead a MYSTERY/HORROR ROAD TRIP NOVEL. HOW COOL IS THAT?

    This book is very creepy. It’s concerned with the empty, abandoned places hidden on the sides of highways and the evil that lurks within. It’s also about a woman searching for her missing wife. Both plotlines are interesting and engaging and WOW Fink’s writing is utterly hypnotic.

    I had tears in my eyes reading the ending to this book, because the characters felt so REAL. The story’s ending felt EARNED. And this is a book that’ll go up in my all time favs. Do yourself a favor, and check this one out. You won’t regret it.

  • Fiona

    Alice isn't Dead. Keisha, her wife, knows this to be true, and so she's set aside her life and embarked on a journey across America to find her and bring her home. But, this being based on a podcast from one of the creators of Welcome to Night Vale, you might have guessed that the course of this particular true love was never going

    Alice isn't Dead. Keisha, her wife, knows this to be true, and so she's set aside her life and embarked on a journey across America to find her and bring her home. But, this being based on a podcast from one of the creators of Welcome to Night Vale, you might have guessed that the course of this particular true love was never going to run so smooth. And you'd be right, because there are forces at play here, and as she finds herself caught in a secret war that's run for centuries at least, Keisha starts to realise that there really might not be a way out of this one.

    I'm a long-time fan of Welcome to Night Vale, and I enjoyed this podcast as well - though the book definitely skimps on the "regional urban myth per episode" format they embraced through the first season, before allowing the overarching plotline to come to the front and stay there. I'm still looking for the book or podcast that focusses on that, and does it well... But Alice isn't Dead doesn't disappoint when it comes to that overarching plot. It's allowed the freedom to proceed at a leisurely pace, which I think is a good choice when at least your initial readers are going to come from a podcast where you're usually waiting between instalments. The writing, too, is unhurried without being lazy, and Joseph Fink writing alone is a delight. It's straightfoward prose, and yet there's something captivating about that simplicity and straightfowardness that suggests it's the "natural makeup" of writing styles; it takes a lot more effort and thought to seem so natural and uncontrived.

    The story is relatively straight forward itself, which makes the few subsequent twists even more effective. I love Keisha - her anxiety is part of her from the first few pages, and yet even when it almost cripples her, it's never allowed to define her. Instead, it shapes her, and there's more than one terrifying confrontation where she snarls that terror at whatever opposes her. After all, as she says, when you live your life terrified, you're prepared for fear, you face it every day just leaving the house, and the big bad monsters are going to need more than just being

    . It was empowering for we Anxiety Bros, and never crossed into feeling patronising or pandering.

    This was a great book, one I'm sure I'll come back to again. Whether you've listened to the podcast or not, if you like your horror and your heroines both to have teeth, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

  • Thekelburrows

    I mean I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when it turned out that Alice wasn't dead.

  • Arnis
  • Brandon

    Alice is dead.  Or is she?

    From the creator of the wildly popular podcast, Welcome to Night Vale, comes a story about a young woman roaming the highways of America as a truck driver looking for her wife whom she believes to still be alive.  Along the way she will encounter deformed. zombie-like men and women, members of a secret government agency and a group of timeless mythical beings.

    Like Welcome to Night Vale, Alice Isn’t Dead started as a podcast a few years ago under the banner “Night Vale P

    Alice is dead.  Or is she?

    From the creator of the wildly popular podcast, Welcome to Night Vale, comes a story about a young woman roaming the highways of America as a truck driver looking for her wife whom she believes to still be alive.  Along the way she will encounter deformed. zombie-like men and women, members of a secret government agency and a group of timeless mythical beings.

    Like Welcome to Night Vale, Alice Isn’t Dead started as a podcast a few years ago under the banner “Night Vale Presents..”.  Now, creator Joseph Fink brings you the complete story from start to finish in the form of a novel.

    I found the first half of this duller than a bag of hammers.  Sure, there’s lots of world building to establish here but the pacing was slower than molasses in January (and this is coming from someone who loves good world-building).  When it came time to turn up the horror elements to eleven, I didn’t find that any of it grabbed me or put a chill deep into my bones.  I think this has to do with the fact that I appreciate more atmospheric terror when it comes to my scares rather than straight up gross-out body horror.

    It’s not all bad though - the novel’s main protagonist, Keisha, was someone I identified a lot with given her struggles with anxiety.  I felt a deep connection with her and her initial inability to stray from the beaten path.  Even though the whole purpose of taking that job with a trucking company was to find her missing wife, she nearly balks at the opportunity to follow-up on a lead because she is afraid she will jeopardize her job.  As the novel progresses, she becomes stronger and more determined.  Fink succeeds in presenting a character with natural progression rather than going with the tried and true, “I’m a badass now” trope.

    The history of Keisha and Alice’s relationship is revealed slowly over the course of the story and given my connection with Keisha, I found this to be the most enjoyable part of the novel, despite it lacking all the scary bits the book is primarily sold on.  Fink shows true talent when getting down the intricacies of a long-term relationship.  I won’t go so far as to say he’s better at this than the Lovecraftian story-telling style he’s known for (his Night Vale podcast is tremendous), but it’s definitely something I hope is not lost in the shuffle when everyone is just focusing on the horror elements of the book.

    In the end, just like Fink’s prior novel “Welcome to Night Vale”, I’m just not digging his written work.  I think he is an incredible audio-storyteller and given that “Alice Isn’t Dead” is also a podcast, I’m thinking about going back and listening to that show from the beginning.  I’m guessing that might be the preferred narrative seeing that is how it all started.

  • Melki

    A distraught woman gets a job as a long-distance trucker so she can search for her missing wife. In her travels she stumbles upon a vast . . . um . . . serial murder conspiracy . . . I guess? Much inner contemplation, and

    A distraught woman gets a job as a long-distance trucker so she can search for her missing wife. In her travels she stumbles upon a vast . . . um . . . serial murder conspiracy . . . I guess? Much inner contemplation, and many flashbacks ensue.

    As you might have surmised, I was pretty disappointed in this one. The story may work as a podcast, but as a book it was slow, dull, and really could have used some humor. I

    enjoy the parts of the story where Keisha and Alice were together, and I began letting out deep sighs when the writer returned to the "thrilling" mystery.

    This is one that I forced myself to finish, and now I'm wondering why I bothered.

  • Aleksandra

    To tell the truth, I stopped listening to the podcast after about 5 episodes because it was too creepy and I'm scaredy-cat, but for some reason I think the story in a book format would work better for me.

    and I just want to read a roadtrip book about Keisha looking for her wife Alice, who hopefully isn't dead.

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