Alison Wonderland by Helen Smith

A quick rundown…A quirky book involving Alison’s venture to become a private investigator

Strengths: its quirks! Made me grin!

Weaknesses: The first time I tried it, I couldn’t get into it, but I enjoyed it second time around.

Why I read it: Sent by the author – thank you!

Pages: 222

Published: 2010

Publisher: Tyger Books

Setting: London

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

Alison Temple is in a bit of a funk. She’s newly divorced and what should a woman do in that situation? Join the private investigation firm that found her husband out of course. Once there, she meets a range of quirky and odd characters doing a range of things that sometimes can give you a bit of an odd mental picture (my tip: if you don’t want to go there, keep reading and don’t pause).

I tried to read this initially after a long stretch of work where I was pretty sleep deprived and I just couldn’t get into it. Recently, I set a weekend aside to read this book and I think that was the best way – read it in chunks, suspend any thoughts of convention and enjoy the ride. It’s a fast paced book and should be read this way. It’s not as successful if you keep picking it up and putting it down. There are lots of great references to London which made this Anglophile happy. The characters are unique and both Taron and Alison remained with me long after I closed this book. I also want a psychic postman to call my own! Some of the lines will have you nodding at their wisdom, others will have you laughing out loud.

I think this is a book that could polarise people – you’ll either love it or hate it. But I’d recommend that you try it because it’s definitely original.

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