Friday, May 25, 2012

Review: "Alison Wonderland" by Helen Smith

Title: Alison Wonderland
Author: Helen Smith
Publication Date: May 1, 2010
Publisher: Tyger Books
Pages: 222
Source: GoodReads
Format: E-book
Purchase Here: Amazon

After her husband leaves her for another woman, twentysomething Londoner Alison Temple impulsively applies for a job at the very P.I. firm she hired to trap her philandering ex. She hopes it will be the change of scene she so desperately needs to move on with her shattered life. At the all-female Fitzgerald’s Bureau of Investigation, she spends her days tracking lost objects and her nights shadowing unfaithful husbands. But no matter what the case, none of her clients can compare to the fascinating characters in her personal life. There’s her boss, the estimable and tidy Mrs. Fitzgerald; Taron, Alison’s eccentric best friend, who claims her mother is a witch; Jeff, her love-struck, poetry-writing neighbour; and—last but not least—her psychic postman. Her relationships with them all become entangled when she joins Taron for a road trip to the seaside and stumbles into a misadventure of epic proportions! Clever, quirky, and infused with just a hint of magic, this humorous literary novel introduces a memorable heroine struggling with the everyday complexities of modern life.

'Only occasionally does a piece of fiction leap out and demand immediate cult status. Alison Wonderland is one.' The Times

There was a review that stated this book was an instant cult classic. I am very scared that this cult involves shig lovers. Yes, I went there. And if you read this book, you will go there too, whether you want to or not.

This book seems very chaotic. It feels as though Smith has several stories in her mind and just cannot determine how to put them together. The writing would carry the book, if there weren't so many holes where plot and characters are concerned. I am really bummed because I really wanted to like this book. It is not that I hated it. I just did not particularly understand the point or enjoy it that much.

I am giving "Alison Wonderland" 2 stars because although it had great potential, it is severely lacking in too many areas.

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