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Alice Isn't Dead

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,437 ratings  ·  261 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, 321 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.
Fiona
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hand upon hand, she thought, upon leg upon heart upon couch upon a day where we made pizza together. That's love, Alice. That's what it's made of. And so what is this?

Alice isn't Dead. Keisha, her wife, knows this to be true, and so she's set aside her life and embarked on a journey across America to find her and bring her home. But, this being based on a podcast from one of the creators of Welcome to Night Vale, you might have guessed that the course of this particular true love was never going
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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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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.
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.
Thekelburrows
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I mean I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when it turned out that Alice wasn't dead.
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
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Keisha Lewis and her wife Alice led ordinary lives amid their quiet love story.  The last few years, Alice was often on the road for work but checked in regularly.  Then came the day that she didn't return.  There was an investigation and searches but it was as if Alice simply vanished.

Keisha doesn't actually believe Alice is dead, though she held a funeral for her wife and grieves her loss.  No, Keisha knows Alice is out there on the road because she sees her constantly in the background of new
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Lauren Stoolfire
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Alice Isn't Dead is one of my favorite podcasts and while I enjoyed this slightly different take on the story here I definitely prefer the podcast. The sense of unease and dread is not as prevalent here and I really missed that. Plus, Jaskia Nicole performance really makes the tale.
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
Jennifer Ladd
Dec 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
I can see how this may be a creepy podcast but didn’t like the book. Would have been a better short story. Super political. Supposed to be some kind of statement about the author’s anxiety in the two protagonists. I don’t think anyone who suffers as they do would be able to accomplish ANY of what they do.
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.
Beth
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, horror, mystery
Review: 5

Thoughts: So I was a few episodes in the podcast when I learned there was going to be a book. Since I got sucked in, I had to pre-order. I'm not finished with the podcast, and I will need to do so, since the podcast is a little different than the book.

The book starts normal, and then danger comes out and rips off faces. Which I just love. What really got me into the book and the podcast is the mental disorder that is discussed. Anxiety. It's one that a lot of people suffer from, the MC
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Mae Crowe
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I've been bouncing back and forth about whether to give this book a 2 or a 3, and if it were able to, it would probably be given a solid 2.5. As is, I'm rounding up, because that's just what I decided to do.

My favorite part about this novel is easily the writing style. It's undeniable unique, somehow offering both discomfort and reassurance at the same time. It's something you need to experience to understand. And you know... Some part of me doubts that you'll ever find anything like it outside
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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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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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Alex Murphy
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Viggo
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
If I would try to judge this book based only on its content I would probably give it 3 stars, because it has some flaws and some things that could’ve been written better. But the podcast had flaws too and I love it anyway, so since the book brought me back to that world I can’t not give it 4 stars.
Overall I enjoyed this plot-focused novelisation of Alice Isn’t Dead. I love the atmospheric and weird filler-episodes of the podcast but they wouldn’t really have worked in the novel. Pushing three se
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Anna
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, supernatural
I attempted the ‘Alice Isn’t Dead’ podcast, as someone recommended it and I’d enjoyed Welcome to Night Vale. However I only managed one episode because I have great difficulty concentrating on podcasts. I need something for my eyes and hands to do while absorbing words! (Knitting is useful for this purpose.) So I was pleased to discover that the podcast is also available in book format. Except, plot twist, the book is not the same as the podcast. This is noted in the afterword and surprised me, ...more
Erin Mendoza
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. But I loved it as someone who has already listened to the podcast.
If you never listened to the podcast, I can't imagine this book would be as powerful.

I listened over years, listening to Keisha...and then to Alice...feeling like I know them. The podcast happens in bitesized chunks, often leaving me on a cliffhanger. But hearing it, adds to the experience.

The book is not the same. You don't feel the same thing. BUT, I powered through the book in 2 days. Getting the same story
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Patrick Dewind
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it. The story in and of itself is nicely done, weird, and different.

It may be the first book that spells "okay" or "OK" as "ok" that I've ever read.

Having been a fan of the podcast as well I enjoyed the differences and similarities between the book and the podcast. Far more similar than different, though. I may have enjoyed it a bit more if I waited longer between listening to the podcast and reading the book.

A worthy read, though. Covers some interesting territory about anxiety. I ha
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Jeff Powers
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a die hard Nightvale fan, and while I haven't had a moment to explore the showrunners other fictional podcast offerings, I knew I had to pickup this book. And while far different from the Nightvale stuff (as it should be), I really enjoyed it. It took me back to classic tv shows about characters lost in a world familiar and yet terrifying. It is like X files on the road. Great characters and fascinating monstrosities. I also like that it felt complete. Not as a piece of some larger whole, b ...more
Mary
I've never listened to the podcast. But I have enjoyed Joseph Fink's other novels and really enjoy his writing style.

I enjoyed this book. As far as horror's go there are some moments that got my heart pumping. Chills? No. But again, I've never read a horror book that gave me chills or instilled a real sense of fear in me. (Not trying to say I'm a tough guy, but books and words don't seem to scare me.)

I felt like the pacing of the story was good. I can see where some people would have thought the
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Nicholas Martinez
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
While I was hoping this would be a new story compared to the podcast, it was just as thrilling to read as it was to listen to it. I personally think the podcast gripped me a bit better, but I also listened to it while driving and there is something that just makes Keisha's story more chilling when you're driving along long stretches of highway as she does. Regardless, the book can be a little slow to situate readers, but it was a fun read and reminds me that words can be just as powerful on the ...more
Luke Walker
My second book in a row that's really hard to assign a star rating. There's plenty to enjoy here (the pacing and character are first rate), but there are also flaws. Some of the story feels underdeveloped and while there are examples of superb prose, there's also writing that feels like the work of of a young man wanting to sound like a writer instead of just letting the story take charge. I know how patronising that sounds and it's honestly not meant to.

Alice Isn't Dead is worth reading and I e
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Amber
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: box-of-shame, horror
I'm a huge Night Vale fan (podcast and books), so I thought I would like this one more. However, I found the sort of rambling, meandering storytelling that works in Welcome to Night Vale didn't work here. I found myself frustrated with anything not advancing the main plot, and it it took way too long to get answers about anything. When we do get answers, I thought they were pretty spare and unsatisfying. I never quite understood what Thistle actually wanted. The explanation of the Thistle Men an ...more
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Joseph created and co-writes WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE. He is a writer and editor, and the co-owner of Commonplace Books. Awhile back he moved from California to Brooklyn. Subsequently, events unfolded.

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