Book Review: Alison Wonderland December 7, 2010Posted by Jaidis in 4 Tree Reviews, Book Reviews, Jaidis Shaw Reviews.
When Alison joins Mrs Fitzgerald’s Bureau of Investigation as a private detective, her new job takes her on a series of loosely linked adventures involving an abandoned baby, a transgenic animal and secret tunnels under The Thames. She travels from London to the seaside town of Weymouth and back again with her new best friend Taron, a girl with a hundred candle smile. But someone is betraying her. Is it Taron? Is it Jeff, the sweet-natured inventor who writes her poetry? Or are there darker forces at play?
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I recently finished reading Alison Wonderland by Helen Smith and found it to be quite refreshing. Written with UK grammar and spelling, this book does take a few chapters to get comfortable with the writing style. As well as the difference in grammar, Alison Wonderland jumps from character to character, letting us experience their separate thoughts and feelings as their share a combined journey in the book. After you get used to the writing style, you can comfortably follow Alison on her ups and downs as she acquires a job at a private investigators office. She handles mostly cheating husband cases but soon finds herself investing a different case. At times I felt as though there was an abundance of details as Alison often gets sidetracked with various thoughts to herself that can sometimes confuse the reader. Sometimes you are left thinking what the point is of some of the characters’ thoughts. However, it all came together nicely and was a pleasant and quirky read. There is some mild adult language throughout and adult themes that may make some readers a bit nervous so I would definitely suggest that it be read by strictly mature audiences.