“Alice is near breaking point. Floods have left her beautiful dream home a damaged mess, her step children’s lack of respect is giving her migraines and, worst of all, her husband is giving her no support to lean on. Her life is slowly spiralling out of control.
When Alice’s daughter, Anne Marie, repeatedly falls victim to aggressive vandals, Alice finally can take no more. She decides to take control of the mess that has become her life, and finally frees herself from the chaos that has been bringing her down.
Freedom, however, isn’t as sweet as Alice first thought it might be. She finds herself yearning for something she can’t quite put her finger on. In her quest to find it, Alice finds herself turning to drink…”
Alice is a compelling novel about a woman who has really gone through the wringer. She thinks that finally she has found happiness but piece by piece her life starts to fall apart and the pressure is becoming increasingly hard for Alice to bear. As things get tougher Alice turns to the bottle to drown her sorrows, only this only adds to her problems as her life becomes a pressure cooker.
The author portrays Alice’s alcoholism realistically, and her character was easy to empathise with. It is no surprise after what she was went through that she finally snaps. The book is quite dark and dramatic in parts as it travels to the deepest parts of Alice’s mind, however it is still readable, and I found it hard to put the book down.
I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, but Alice does end up with support around her, and has to get her life back on track. The plot is well written and it’s clear the author has put a lot of research into alcoholism. I would recommend this book if you like rough around the edges “finding yourself” stories.
Thanks to Emma Mitchell and KL Loveley for the advanced reader copy.
About the Author
K.L Loveley is an exciting new author from Nottinghamshire, in England. Her debut novel ‘Alice’ is at times, a gritty but true to life story of a woman who finds herself in desperate straits.
The author’s love of writing began with a gift of a five year lock up diary at the age of seven and she has never stopped writing since. In addition to writing novels, the author writes poetry and will be sharing some of these on her blog.