“This isn’t a story. It’s a road trip.”

Another chilling mystery from Joseph Fink, co-creator of It Devours! and Welcome to Night Vale, hits our shelves and lands in the hands of the First Look Club. Reviewers Clifford and Katya take a ride down the highways of America in search for answers, adventure, and a darn good story. Read their thoughts below.

From Podcast to Page

Clifford says: If you have been following the Alice Isn’t Dead podcast, then you simply must read the novel. One isn’t an adaptation of the other, but think of them as companion volumes. […] The novel fills in holes and provides an omniscient point of view to the world that the podcast established.

Katya says: It took me two reads to divorce the novel from its original format. […] Fink took another tack, trading [an] intimate first-person narration…for a third-person narrative that allows the reader into minds and lives beyond Keisha’s. For fans of the podcast, it’s not a bad experience, just a different one. First-time readers (and non-listeners) won’t know what they’re missing.

Meet the Cast

Clifford says: [The Thistle Men] smell faintly like rot, their faces don’t look right, and they feel like they’d be at home in an H.P. Lovecraft story. But more importantly, they’re malevolent, they’re everywhere, and they’re part of a conspiracy that Keisha – and the allies that aid her on her search – must now uncover. A conspiracy that may have something to do with Alice’s disappearance.

Katya says: Until I read a recent interview with Fink, I didn’t realize that almost every character in the book is a woman, save for the Thistle Man. “My philosophy with ‘Alice’ is, every character is a woman unless there is a specific reason they are not,” Fink says. “Because it just seemed, why not? It’s entirely possible to tell this story that way, so why not do it.”

The Verdict

Clifford says:  Alice Isn’t Dead is a well-paced novel, and I found myself spending more time reading it just to see what happens next. There are questions in the end that are perhaps best left to a future installment, should the author decide to write a sequel.

Katya says: While readers may be reeled into Alice Isn’t Dead by the horror elements Fink is known for—alternately falling in love with, and fearing, the cluttered desolateness of town after town, highway after highway—they will stay for one thing: the love. And maybe, just maybe, they’ll fall in love with the medium that started it all as well.


Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink is available at Fully Booked branches and Fully Booked Online.

Clifford is a freelance content writer and musician who is fueled by caffeine, graphic novels, and bad puns.
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Katya has had a torrid romance with fiction for over two decades. She works in advertising and has four poodles.
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[Thoughts and views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Fully Booked. Then again, we love our authors anyway.]

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