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The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland (A Silkstone Standalone Comedic Mystery Book 3) Kindle Edition
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There is a reason the Alice on the cover is in a Straight Jacket. Oh and White Rabbits, lots of white Rabbits.
Alice Harte's life is falling apart. Her boss at the real estate agency where she works is a litigious and murderous man with ties to "The Mob" in Florida. She KNOWS he has literally beheaded someone in the past.
Her whole life she has dreamed of living in England and meeting a man similar to John Cleese. In an attempt to start breaking away from her boss who is threatening her with a lawsuit, she flies to England to meet Nigel Channing, who has been charming her through e-mails and phone calls.
As her life in Miami falls apart, with mobsters and a pending fraud lawsuit, her romantic savior in England looks more and more tarnished by the hour.
How will she ever keep her head and win the lawsuit? And what about love?
Overall Rating: 4 ¾ Stars
Plot/Storyline: 5 Stars
There is a saying that there are no new stories, only new ways to tell old stories. Ms. Silkstone took the original Alice in Wonderland, and deftly wove it into something uniquely her own. Throughout this story there are continual references to the original, as the main character is enamored with AIW. Alice tells her story as a series of diary entries (instead of chapters) as her life falls apart.
This book was a fun, fast paced read and almost as strange as the original AIW, in a good way. Her trans-Atlantic relationship with Nigel keeps her hoping for a HEA, but Nigel has many strange people and things going on in his life too.
The climactic scenes in the courtroom were fascinating. The many threads of the story pulled together at the end came together smoothly and I really enjoyed it. I loved watching the courtroom scenes play out. Ohhh the dirty little secrets all coming to light and taking out the bad guys one by one... great!
Characters: 4 Stars
I really enjoyed the cast of characters.
Alice's boss Leslie is a frightening sleezeball.
His wife Maris is an amalgamated combination of neurosis, scheming, vindictiveness, and loneliness. Any woman willing to pee in her ex's cologne bottle is .. just wow!
Alice's romantic interest Nigel turns out to be a rather inept conman juggling multiple relationships.
Nigel's ex-wife is psychotic & deranged.
Surprisingly the character I did not believe perfectly was Alice herself. At 42 ¾ and twice BADLY divorced, she is still far too trusting and willing to blatantly ignore warning signs in her relationship with Nigel. His British accent and excuses are all she needs to fall for him time and time again even though she has evidence throughout the story of his infidelities and livelihood inconsistencies.
Writing Style: 5 Stars
Ms. Silkstone's story was very well written. I loved the descriptions throughout the story, they covered everything from the sights and sounds of Alice's life to the smells of rotting fish and fright and horror.
The characters are a lot of fun in their wackiness. Nigel is somehow charming and comical, gross yet gallant. He's an engaging enigma who somehow has captured Alice's blind adoration. Of all the characters, I felt he was the one with the most life. Alice herself felt to me like she didn't quite reach her full potential as a character. She was almost there, but felt a little lacking somehow. Perhaps it was the choices she made and the way she went about things that didn't seem quite right. The other characters were quirky and fitting to their roles in the story. Leslie and Sunglasses, two main characters that have a lot of impact on the direction of Alice's life, seemed to disappear for a while in the middle of the book, leaving me to momentarily forget what Alice's conflict actually was. For that reason, it felt a bit like a few major sections to a story that came together at the end, but didn't interconnect as well as I had anticipated. In spite of some explanation, I still didn't feel like I totally understood Nigel's connection to the entire story.
If you're in the mood to slide down the rabbit hole, this book will take you there.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this light-hearted read (after having just finished reading a truly scary ghost story).
For one who has ever found themselves living with their feet planted firmly on the ground, but their head filled with fictional images from some of their fictional favorites this book is sure to entertain.