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Mr. Wicker

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Alicia Baum is missing a deadly childhood memory. Located beyond life, The Library of Lost Childhood Memories holds the answer. The Librarian is Mr. Wicker—a seductive yet sinister creature with an unthinkable past and an agenda just as lethal. After committing suicide, Alicia finds herself before the Librarian, who informs her that her lost memory is not only the reason s ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Raw Dog Screaming Press
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Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: february-2015
DISCLAIMER: The author and I share a publisher. However, I purchased this novel for full price.

Whenever I read a book, my husband often asks me how I liked it. Usually I answer something along the lines of “It was okay. Not totally my cup of tea, but I enjoyed it.” His response: “Oh, so that means you’ll give it 5 stars.”

Here’s the thing I’ve noticed. Writer/English major types don’t tend to rate books the way “normal” people do. A history of trained literary criticism means that we are more eas
Bruce Gargoyle
Full review at http://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress... (Aug 15)

I received a digital copy of this book for review from the publisher.

Ten Second Synopsis:
When Alicia commits suicide, she thinks that her problems are behind her. Alicia soon learns that most depressing law of the universe: things can always get worse.

Mr Wicker was a lot more graphic in its horror and violence than the books that I usually read, but I suspect it will greatly appeal to those who regularly enjoy this genre. Graphic de
Jun 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book contains a multitude of clunky, awkward, or just plain bad similes, like bacteria in an unpopped pimple. The plot wanders and roams alarmingly, like a Honda being driven by an armadillo on the beltway. I only finished out of sheer stubbornness, like a lugnut smeared with Superglue. In fact, I found it absolutely undigestible, like a Twinkee that's been in the cupboard since 1966. I understand it started life as a screenplay. Gee, I can't fathom why it wasn't picked up - it's as light a ...more
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
In her debut novel, Alexander draws from mythological sources, particularly Celtic, to form a richly imaginative story that combines elements of fantasy, horror, romance, and historical novels.

In the throes of depression and instability horror writer Alicia Baum succumbs to suicide. Rather than offering any release, she finds herself in a timeworn library before a strange man who speaks of lost memories and a desire born from destiny to have her stay beside him, Mr. Wicker, in this mysterious re
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Alicia Baum is a horror writer who thinks she has successfully committed suicide only to end up across from a demon called Mr. Wicker. He wants to subject her to all kinds of vile things and she ends up more confused to have ended up from being with him to being in a psych ward, which would be jarring for anyone.

One of the praise quotes compares the author to an angrier Neil Gaiman, but after reading "Mr. Wicker," I sensed more of a Clive Barker feel to it. One of the aspects that most resonated
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I was a tad disappointed that the ravens weren't more anthropomorphic and that they weren't given more "air time." It's a Furry thing. :-)

But it's really hard to be disappointed by anything else in this book. The plotting seemed very Neil Gaiman and the dialogue reminded me of the best voices of Richard Matheson. In fact, most of this book with it's pacing and structure reminded me of The Shrinking Man, Hell Hous
G.G. Silverman
This book started off strong and did not pull any punches. From the opening scene when the protagonist commits suicide, to some of her encounters in a mental institution, the author does not hold back. I really enjoyed the main character of Alicia Baum; she is strong in that she has opinions and looks out for herself, but she's also vulnerable and that makes her interesting. There are some really creepy characters and scenes in this book, totally delivers on the horror and tension. The end of th ...more
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Wicker by Maria Alexander was a dark fantasy written with such visuals that I can still see Mr. Wicker waltzing around the candle lit library with Alicia in his arms smudging her with his ash. This story is packed full of twists and turns and characters that we cringe away from because of her attention to the sinister details.
Flor San roman
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: horror fans, dark fantasy fans
This was a lot of fun because even though it has horror elements it was a mystery that had to unravel in its own time. And time is the mystery here. What is going on now? What happened back then? What about WAY BACK then? Ancient rites and forgotten memories are weapons and learning the truth may be the greatest torture of all. But what are we without knowing where we came from?
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fabulous exploration of the causes and consequences of suppressed memories. I really enjoyed this.
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! The mythology is completely original, deep and both frightening and seductive at the same time. Such a good read!
Hal Bodner
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Maria Alexander has been around for awhile and I've long been a huge fan of her work. It was shocking, therefore, when I discovered that MR. WICKER was her debut novel. That an author with her talents and track-record doesn't have a dozen or more books out there is a damned shame.

Let me start with a disclaimer or sorts: There is absolutely nothing about MR. WICKER that would ordinarily appeal to me. It's not my kind of book and, to be frank, had it not been written by Alexander I would probably
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you're tired of the usual "strong" female characters you're going to love Alicia Baum. Is she tough? Hell yes. Does she have emotions, faults, make bad choices and sometimes falter. Also, hell yes! But even though she's been through a lot she doesn't stop fighting until she finds the truth.

This book is full of surprises and mysteries both great and small. There are the powerful images of ravens and libraries to discover as well as a large chunk of historical fiction to explore. There's a touc
Jul 05, 2015 marked it as abandoned
Too dense and grim a start
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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+Thomas Hooker
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly wonderful story for Halloween (All-Hallows Eve) or any time. Book Pub turned me on to this book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every part of the story. So many different connections over time and over different religious and philosophical approaches, Many different characters were all able to succeed in each of their goals, even though each had been told they would never be able to be successful. Great writer. Definitely look forward to more of these books.
Rebeca F.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually wanted to give this book 3 stars, but felt it would be unfair of me to do so. Why? Because it's pretty well written and the story's interesting, fast paced, entertaining and has some lovely images. It's just that it isn't my style. One shouldn't start a book with unfounded expectations, but this one was a Bram Stoker's winner so for starters I was expecting horror. And it's not, I don't even know how to classify it. It's slightly gothic, but gothic in Harlequin's gothic style. Yes, wh ...more
Michael DePiano
Mar 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
I am writing this review in hopes of saving at least one person from making the same mistake that I did by being sucked in by the cover and the blurb on the back-cover. Before I go further, I will say that I am a heterosexual male in my early 30s so maybe I am not the best reviewer to listen to on this particular book.

Mr. Wicker started out strong, but I quickly realized that it was something I could lump in with the typical fluff written by and written for sex- and relationship-starved frumpy
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am not a horror fan. At all. This is a book I would probably never have read if I didn't know the author personally. Thankfully this is not your typical blood-drenched gorefest (which I would never have been able to finish). Yes, plenty of horrific things happen--both natural and supernatural!--but horror is not the point of Mr. Wicker. This is a novel filled with imagery that in many places reads almost like poetry. There are multiple mysteries to unravel, populated with characters to root fo ...more
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

This book was really weird. I read this for my Reader's Advisory group because this was an award winner (Bram Stoker award winner for first novel) and I like showing off reading lesser know awards.

To be completely honest the only reason I picked this up was because it has a creepy librarian in it (even though I dislike horror and don't like being scared. The whole plot of the book was great. Alicia dies and ends up in the Library of Lost Childhood Memories, where she me
May 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Slow to get my attention. The story behind what happened to Alicia in her youth was intriguing enough eventually to get me to want to finish the book. However, the story seemed disjointed, and I'm not sure what all of the different parts meant. It seemed like she had started with some good ideas, but didn't really know how to put them all together. I'm not sure how Mr. Wicker actually fit in with Alicia's back story, or what his story had to do with why he runs the library or why he got put ther ...more
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, fantasy-adult
Do not pick this up if what you really want is a violent horror novel, something with slashers and monsters and psycho powers. Instead, this is a strange, suspenseful type of horror novel, one which speculates on shared beliefs and what makes things really scary. When widely separated children begin fearing the exact, same bogeyman, is he real, or just an urban legend that has gotten out of hand? A couple of odd characters and a romance that takes time to grow on the reader have held some folks ...more
Elaine Carass
could not finish.

This book started of so promising. Alicia attempts suicide and finds her self in a library were she meets Mr Wicker. she then wakes up in a hospital in care of Dr Farron who mainly works with chrildren all who mention Mr Wicker. Thats the good bit but the more in to the story the more I was board. It seemed to stop with the mystery of Mr Wicker and deal with the relationships of doctors and patients and i found myself skimming chapters with the hope that something would happen.
Sandra Ramirez-Noguchi
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not quite sure how to describe this book. Very dark indeed. Centers on a man named Mr. Wicker who resides in purgatory inside a library that contains all the bad memories of those who suffer from child abuse in volumes with the victim's name on it. Strange story with creepy characters. Recommend if you can deal with difficult subject matters.
Julie Luther
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, books
It was okay. Mr. Wicker was an interesting character, as was his library. I only character I really liked was Dr. Farron. I just found Alicia annoying. The flashback was dull, for me, and could have easily been told in a page. It was odd to run into Huggin and Muninn again, after having just encountered them in Krampus the Yule Lord, by Brom.
Darlene Quinn
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I try to read something in each genre. Although listed a horror and definitely not my kind of book, after meeting the author and hearing her personal story I decided to give it a try. The writing is excellent with all the elements of a good read. Suspense, death of character, and a wonderful perspective of lost childhood memories.
Kyla Ward
It's strange how charming fine words can make the most hideous events. The tale that can't be said to begin with Alicia's attempted suicide, but certainly picks up from there, has both in abundance. Genuinely fresh, extremely readable, with a bouquet of blood, ash and lavender.
Kat Dalziel
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kat by: Dirge Magazine
Shelves: books-i-own

Dark, loving, brutal, heartbreaking, disturbing, devastating. This book surprised and moved me in ways I never expected, and I can already feel, only seconds after reading the last words, that it will continue to sear my soul for years to come.
Jan 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
Mills and Boon level language which overcooks every paragraph...gave up after twenty pages. Will never read a 'Best Debut' prize winner again....
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
I picked it up expecting a horror novel, and instead I got a weird, cliched romance triangle. Not pleased about the switcheroo, and struggled to get through the actual novel.
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Maria Alexander is an award-winning author of YA and adult fiction. Her debut novel, Mr. Wicker, won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Her debut YA novel, SNOWED, both won the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel and was nominated for the 2017 Anthony Award for Best Children's/Young Adult Novel. She’s represented by Alex Slater ...more
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