In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.
In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…
Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.
Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.
And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.
Alice is held in an asylum with her memory shattered but stray thoughts and dreams of a vicious Rabbit bring glimpses of her troubled past. She has struck up a friendship with the patient known as Hatcher but when a fire breaks out they somehow manage to escape; but the world outside is not the safe haven Alice thought. Magic used to exist and Magicians had great powers but now it's a seedy world with cruel gangster types in charge. Hatcher believes something powerful was released when the fire broke out and Alice and Hatcher begin a perilous journey through the labyrinth that forms the Old City, in search of answers. As they face danger, memories become stirred up and Alice faces going back down the rabbit hole!
This is most definitely not a story for young readers. It's dark, violent, and bloody. Imagine the worst that humanity is capable of and then add some more because this fantasy almost turns into horror. Alice is a complicated story that gently unfolds but not all secrets are revealed. Alice may start out as a fragile and damaged creature, but her trials truly test her mettle and she most definitely steps up. Hatcher is still a little bit of a mystery but the clues are all there to follow.
Suspense, danger, and even the beginnings of a romance lie within these pages but more than that, pure entertainment written with passion lies ahead for readers and I'm desperate to read more.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.