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Alice Isn't Dead

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  285 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
From the New York Times bestselling co-author of It Devours! and Welcome to Night Vale comes a fast-paced thriller about a truck driver searching across America for the wife she had long assumed to be dead.

“This is not a story. It’s a road trip.”

Keisha Lewis lived a quiet life with her wife, Alice, until the day that Alice disappeared. After months of searching, presuming
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Hardcover, 322 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Harper Perennial
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Melki
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not that long before, on a highway in Georgia, a wife she hadn't seen in over two years had left a billboard with some advice, and now she was going to listen to it. Who was she to fight a war this lopsided? Her wife had perhaps decided to fight it, and her wife had disappeared.

A distraught woman gets a job as a long-distance trucker so she can search for her missing wife. In her travels she stumbles upon a vast . . . um . . . serial murder conspiracy . . . I guess? Much inner contemplation, and
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WV
I like this even more than Welcome to Night Vale. There, I said it.
Brandon
Alice is dead.  Or is she?

From the creator of the wildly popular podcast, Welcome to Night Vale, comes a story about a young woman roaming the highways of America as a truck driver looking for her wife whom she believes to still be alive.  Along the way she will encounter deformed. zombie-like men and women, members of a secret government agency and a group of timeless mythical beings.

Like Welcome to Night Vale, Alice Isn’t Dead started as a podcast a few years ago under the banner “Night Vale P
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Aleksandra
Mar 27, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018-releases
To tell the truth, I stopped listening to the podcast after about 5 episodes because it was too creepy and I'm scaredy-cat, but for some reason I think the story in a book format would work better for me.

and I just want to read a roadtrip book about Keisha looking for her wife Alice, who hopefully isn't dead.
Hanna
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I cried at the end. It's not even a sad ending, I've just been following the podcast since the very beginning and can't believe the story is over. I loved it. I love it. The podcast. The book. Both absolutely creepy, thrilling, inspiring, and wonderful.
Erikka
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alice Isn't Dead is one of my favorite podcasts. The story is Keisha's search for her wife and her subsequent stumble into a world of creepy zombie men and twisted government agencies is compelling and so well-written. This book is simply the podcast in a different format. I'm reviewing this now, but know that I haven't read the last 25% or so because it was getting into spoiler territory. I will definitely finish reading it as soon as the podcast and book match up.

Update: Finished it. Loved it.
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Michael Cook
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alice Isn't Dead is a really good novel. It's a really good horror book, a really good sci-fi/fantasy book, and a really good book about humans in general. Just from reading the plot summary, you might think this was a book all about some vast conspiracy involving the U.S. Government and a bunch of weird monsters. You'd be sort of right for thinking that, but it's also about so much more. Underneath all the monsters and supernatural wars is a love story between a woman and her wife. It's a story ...more
Demi
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a satisfying read—a perfect blend of horror, suspense, and the rediscovery of a romance. I love the desperate clinging to humanity that suffuses Fink’s novels and podcasts; even in this highly anxious time, we read love stories about a woman who will do anything for the love of her wife.
Blake
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"She couldn’t go home. Because home wasn’t a place. Home was a person. And she hadn’t found that person yet.”

WOW. And I thought I loved Night Vale. Full disclaimer, I only listened to the first season of the Alice Isn’t Dead podcast, so I can’t compare this to the podcast very much.

Holy shiz balls. This book, guys. If you’ve been looking for a queer story where the plot didn’t focus on the characters coming out, or dealing with suicide, or any of the stereotypical crap we have to deal with in re
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Carey Gibbons
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have a hard time with podcasts - WTNV is one of the few I don't zone out on. I need to give Alice Isn't Dead a try because I've found the premise so intriguing from the very beginning. But I'm just not good at visualizing audio. So I was really excited when I found out this book was happening. I wasn't at all disappointed. I've always wondered about all of the creepy things one sees while travelling across the country. This book tells you about those creepy things. It's in the same literary tr ...more
Kathleen
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2018
Alice isn't dead. She's just gone. Her wife thought she was dead for a long time, but now she knows better. Keisha has other problems. Grief over Alice consumed her life, but her life was consumed by anxiety before that, and will be consumed by anxiety once again. And then there are the Thistle Men. Serial killers so consumed by hatred that they consume others, making the road, the world a very unsafe place.

I love everything about this book. From the war to the fighting, bombing, and organizing
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Kelsey
Of course, lots of people get murdered every year, but he thought he was different from those people, for reasons he could not have articulated because the idea that nothing horrible could ever happen to us personally exists not in our thoughts but in the base of our necks.


Firstly - I love Joseph Fink's handling of language. Everything he writes sounds like him: these slightly off-tune muses, at once so blatantly clear and plain in language but unsettling in the right light. He perfectly encap
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Jeimy
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I must admit I had not heard the podcast before picking up this book, but I was riveted by Keisha and the Thistles and , eventually, Alice.
Lily Kej
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Kara
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall it's still a cool story but they may have benefited from making even more changes from the original podcast than they did. Each part lined up with one of the seasons. Things that make sense in a podcast format ((view spoiler)) don't make as much sense in a novel.
Red
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a HUGE fan of the podcast and, so far, the Novel is JUST as satisfying. I don't think you have to have listened to the podcast to "get it." As advertised, it's a "complete re-imagining," that is familiar enough for the fan without being repetitive or predictable.

I'm SO SO excited for this come out for general release. It's on pace to be my favorite book of 2018!
Toni Semmens
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Wowsers! Such a weird parallel world Keisha lives in with Thistle men and trucks and cops that aren’t really cops. Keeps you on the edge of your seat listening and scares the other motorists. Was my first ever podcast and it’s got me addicted. Ending has you going REALLY! I have to wait till 2018 for the next episode! Only down side is occasionally Keisha gets a little waffly about the past but most of it’s context so you can live with it. Can’t wait for the 3rd and final sessions! I go
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Ian
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I was a little disappointed that this was basically a novelization of the podcast. This may seem silly, but I expected more in terms of plot and characterization.

This was a nice way for me to notice connections and answer questions I had because I struggle to stay focused during fiction podcasts and miss details.

If you love the podcast or haven't listened to it, pick this up.
Kelleyann
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having listened to Part 1 of the podcast, I've always absolutely loved Alice Isn't Dead but I never picked up listening to the rest of if (I attribute this to the fact that I'm terrible at listening to podcasts/audiobooks) - so needless to say, I was very excited when they announced there was to be a novelization. I will admit though (I know this makes no sense), as despite the fact that I'm terrible at listening to podcasts, I was a bit skeptical about how the story would translate into a book ...more
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
I loved Alice Isn’t Dead! Ever since I heard there was going to be an Alice Isn’t Dead book, I knew I had to read it. It’s rare I pre-order books, but this was one I pre-ordered on Audible the second it was available to pre-order.

It’s a great book, whether you’ve listened to the podcast or not. It has some of the same elements and events from the podcast and while it’s the same premise as the podcast, it’s also a completely different story. So if you’ve listened to the podcast, it’s also worth c
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Nancy
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where do you even start with a book like this? Alice Isn't Dead is incredible, inspiring, and easily one of the best books of 2018. And possibly my life. It's like nothing you've ever read.

Alice Isn't Dead is kind of about Alice, but it's mostly about Keisha. Alice is Keisha's wife, who presumably died months ago. Then, Keisha starts seeing her in the background of new coverage on every major tragedy in the US. Creepy, right? So Keisha takes a job as a truck driver that allows her to travel acro
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Aysel
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having just finished the Alice Isn't Dead podcast only a couple weeks before the novel was released, I was very excited to see how the novel would bring something new to the world that Joseph Fink and Jasika Nicole had so lovingly crafted. And I was pleased with the result.

The majority of the novelization doesn't actually deviate too much from the podcast. There are key moments from each season's finale that have been altered slightly in setting and execution, in order to fit better with the pac
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Kylee Ehmann
This book presents a streamlined narrative of one of my favorite podcasts. While I enjoyed the meandering pace of Alice Isn't Dead the podcast more than the novel, I really liked the novel. I love the theme of committing to a struggle against hate that will never end, but you fight anyways because that's what makes the world a little brighter for everyone. I think if you're really into the podcast ,or, have no interest in listening to the podcast but are intrigued by the concept, you will really ...more
Drew
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
It turns out Joseph Fink is the storytelling genius of the Night Vale duo -- a fact I discovered when I first started listening to ALICE ISN'T DEAD (podcast version), long after getting tired of Night Vale's inability to actually tell a story and to, instead, remain focused on kitchen-sink spooky-quirky weirdness. The Alice podcast has its flaws, to be sure, but it was a compelling and genuinely creepy listen, so I was excited for this novelization -- although that's maybe not the right word. (I ...more
Baker St Shelves
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A complete remake of the successful podcast! We meet truck driver Keisha desperately searching across America looking for her wife Alice who mysteriously disappeared. Along the way she runs into strange people and lands herself in a huge conspiracy.
I must admit that when the podcast was airing it didn’t catch my interest that much, but this book managed to have good scares, suspense, and even the struggles of living with anxiety; which is something both Keisha and writer Joseph Fink have in comm
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Billie
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I came to this having never listened to the podcast and I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. It meant I had zero expectations, but it also occasionally meant that maybe I was not as caught up in the story as I would have been had it been being performed. I also felt that it got too pointed with its message toward the end, which is super-annoying. I don't mind an allegorical story with a moral, but I do mind being beat over the head with the message and the moral, which I sadly tho ...more
Sibo
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked it, but some of the magic and etherealness of the story was lost during the transfer between podcast and novel.

There were some things fleshed out better in the book which I really enjoyed, and some things that were changed or left out that made the book more...palatable to a wider audience, I suppose? But also less strange. Major plot points that happened in some of my favorite episodes were left out of the novel, and I completely understand why—it's a different format and so the story
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Alex Cornell
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More focused reimagining of the great podcast

If you’re looking for major changes in Kesha and Alice’s story, this book isn’t for you, but this book smoothes out some rough edges of the final season of the podcast as the story grew too big to be told realistically by a woman talking into her Truck’s dispatch radio. It is a story about anxiety, courage, and what it takes to change a world rotting in hate.
Travis
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coming into this book I wasnt familiar with the podcast, so the story was new to me. I've had It Devours by Fink on my to be read shelf for ages but for some reason havent picked it up and started in on it. That will soon change.

I was fortunate enough to win this book on a giveaway from goodreads. It was a perfect Halloween-ish read for the month of October. I really enjoyed cast of characters and seeing this story unfold. Well worth the time spent reading, 4 stars.
Robert
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having read Fink’s two Nightvale novels and only listened the the first Alice podcast episode, I did not know what to expect with this one.
It is a darker story than I expected, yet maintains the texture of Nightvale. Fink has surprising insight to the human condition, wrapping them gently in an outlandish and horrifying story. The were a few scenes that were as psychologically scary as anything I’ve read.
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