First lines Friday is a meme hosted by Wandering Words. It is approach a book with preconceptions – never mind the cover, we all form opinions about genres and age-ranges, authors’ previous works and publishing formats.
First line Friday takes all that away, and start with what matters: the words.
“Alice Silver had never met anyone who had killed before, but that all changed the day Dorothy Grimes walked past the window of Alice’s favourite coffee shop. “
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The Other Alice by Michelle Harrison
What happens when a tale with real magic, that was supposed to be finished, never was? This is a story about one of those stories . . .
Midge loves riddles, his cat, Twitch, and – most of all – stories. Especially because he’s grown up being read to by his sister Alice, a brilliant writer.
When Alice goes missing and a talking cat turns up in her bedroom, Midge searches Alice’s stories for a clue. Soon he discovers that her secret book, The Museum of Unfinished Stories, is much more than just a story. In fact, he finds two of its characters wandering around town.
But every tale has its villains – and with them leaping off the page, Midge, Gypsy and Piper must use all their wits and cunning to work out how the story ends and find Alice. If they fail, a more sinister finale threatens them all . . .
I read The Other Alice over Christmas, and think I may reread at some point this year to write a review. Think Inkheart – a writer goes missing, and her brother finds her characters have taken on a life of their own. I loved Midge’s perspective, and I loved the fact Alice’s characters were not 2D tropes – their quests were as important as Alice and Midge’s.
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