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Alice Isn't Dead

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  381 Ratings  ·  71 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.
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
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
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.
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.
Blue Cypress Books
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super enjoyed this page turning horror story. Confession: I don't listen to the Nightvale Podcasts but have thoroughly and completely enjoyed the books. Go figure.
Lily Kej
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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Todd
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Could not put it down.
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
K. Rose
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(Light spoilers perhaps)

I pre-ordered this book as soon as I heard about it, because I am a huge fan of the Welcome to Night Vale novels (and podcast). Alice Isn’t Dead does not get as specifically weird as WTNV, but it is a cousin: full of beautiful writing and accepted strangeness in the world. Except, this time that world is our world – you will recognize it – and that might be what makes this book work. This is a book about people who feel outmanned by evil forces but can’t sit by and do not
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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
Emma
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I went in to this expecting a reimagined version of the Alice Isn't Dead podcast story, and was pretty disappointed by how little changed. Very very minimal differences, and no big changes to some of the clunkiest parts of the podcast (view spoiler).

The small details added don't really make up for the details removed: including a ton of my favourite eps like the Factory, the Teleporting Diner, the Motel with the
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Shea
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Above all, I believe that the story of Keisha and Alice Taylor and the world that they exist in is one of terrible beauty. This novel expands upon a story that has already shaped my understanding of and introspection for the world around me. I appreciate the room the novel has to entertain various points of view throughout its perilous subject material, the chance to explore the age old conflict beyond its main characters. I do however feel there is something lost in adapting a third person form ...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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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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