Kim Taylor Blakemore’s twisty, historical tales have, dare I say, a “delightful” tendency to begin with the discovery of a dead body. In After Alice Fell, that body couldn’t have been found in a more intriguing setting—a creepy asylum with sinister secrets hiding behind its tightly locked doors. Or, at least, Marion believes they are hiding something when she goes to collect her recently deceased sister, Alice. They say she jumped. Marion thinks she was pushed. And she’s not going to stop digging until she uncovers the truth behind Alice’s fall.
After Alice Fell is expertly crafted, from the complex character development, to the layered family secrets, to the disturbing atmosphere of the asylum itself. Like the inky, black lake bordering Marion’s family estate, the stunning writing in this novel sucked me in, and the compelling, page-turning plot held me under.
And now, I invite you to dive into the dangerous past with this exquisite masterpiece from the acclaimed author of The Companion (which, for the record, opens with several dead bodies). And, if all that isn’t enough, let’s just say the body count is never the same at the end of the story as it was at the beginning...
— Alicia Clancy, Editor