This is one for anyone that like’s Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland. All of the main Alice characters are alive and kicking here in Cameron Jace’s Insanity. And for those of you who know the story well, there are plenty of Alice references throughout the story.
We start off with like any other mad story. Just a girl in an insane asylum, who can’t remember what she did to place her here. Undergoing traditional rounds of shock therapy and where her only friend is the lily in her window.
Turns out, our main character Alice Wonder, killed all of her classmates and her boyfriend; for no apparent reason. No memory of it or any of her classmates; but would claim that Wonderland is a real place, well until the electric shocks had her forget all about that. Along with everything else. Throughout the story, we meet all the great Alice characters: Alice Wonder, Carter Piller (complete with his hookah-pipe), a pair of guards I swear are Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dumb, the White Queen, the White Rabbit is strongly hinted at. What would any Alice story be without the great Cheshire Cat?
From the back of the book:
After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.
This is a great murder mystery, where everyone is a bad guy. Cater Piller, the professor who believes her sane, is nicknamed Piller the Killer. The wonderful White Queen wields a sword better then any soldier. Our Cheshire Cat, to no surprise, is up to no good. Even our heroine Alice is not all that innocent, after all she did kill all her classmates.
So who do you root for when everyone has murder in their closets?