Splintered by A. G. Howard
Splintered by A. G. Howard. Pub. Amulet Books London, 2013.
Many have tried to expand on the story of Alice in Wonderland but few have succeeded as well as A. G. Howard. This is an excellent read for fantasy lovers and those that know ‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe.
It poses the possibility that Lewis Carroll’s book was a real-life account of Alice Liddell’s experience and that Alice became mentally unsound after her experiences but did manage to bring up a family.
It is believed that because of mistakes made by Alice in Wonderland that all female ancestors would have a curse that caused them to hear what plants and animals were saying. Voices in the head is not a good thing in our society and the main character in this novel, Alyssa has a mother Alison who is in a mental institute, often in a strait jacket, who tells Alyssa that she will be next.
Alyssa and her brilliant father visit Alison every day and during these visits Alison talks to Alyssa in what she thinks are riddles but in fact are clues to her past and future.
She tells Alyssa that she must go down the Rabbit Hole again to remove a curse that makes all the ancestor’s go mad. But where and how to do this? Alyssa unravels some clues while visiting her mother, finds a key and goes through the Looking glass, down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland.
The inhabitants are happy to see Alyssa and think it is Alice returned. To find out any more you will have to read the book.
I was sold on this book after the first paragraph. It is beautifully written and the ending will melt the hearts of those of you that have romance in their souls. For the serious there are mental health issues especially ECT. Senior secondary and gifted readers will get the most out of it.