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Alice Isn't Dead

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  4,681 ratings  ·  769 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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Ryan I would listen to the podcast and forego the book. A lot more actually happened in the podcast than in the book. Maybe the book was good as a stand al…moreI would listen to the podcast and forego the book. A lot more actually happened in the podcast than in the book. Maybe the book was good as a stand alone, but I was very disappointed after listening to the podcast. (less)

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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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aleks
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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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.
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.
Elizabeth Souther
Feb 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was going to give this 2 stars because there's some quotes I liked but y'know what, no, I'm giving it one star because I Hate It. The description of this sounds so promising, but please don't be fooled, the plot is ridiculous, vague, and incredibly unsatisfying, and the characters are noticeably one-note. Just.....think of The X-Files, and how it starts off with some strong mysteries but eventually veers off into "we didn't plan this story out that far in advance and the myth-arc is going to c ...more
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.
Alex Murphy
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Bandit
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book proclaims from the get go to be not a story, but a road trip. Well, awesome. I love stories and dream of road trips. Bring it, book. And the book did. To be fair, obviously, yes it’s a story, quite a good one at that and yes, as a road trip it’s actually quite nightmarish, certainly not the one you’d want to find yourself on. But what a trip. Alice isn’t dead. She’s been gone for a while, buried even (sans body), but her wife knows otherwise. And sets off driving a truck across the cou ...more
Erica
I had been excited to listen to this. I made it through the fourth CD before giving up.
I think I expected something more along the lines of Pines in tension-building and weird happenings. I thought there'd be a touchpoint in the madness to hang onto. However, this was vague, random, herky-jerky, and somewhat silly. It was also boring. I was struggling by the second disc so when Melki confirmed that throwing in the towel was the way to go, I threw hard.

The weirdest part of my reading experience w
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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.
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
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
Kirsten #daresomeone #dontgiveuptheship #flipacoin #gobarefoot #saysomethingnice #beagrouch #wearadress #
What a road trip! And what a book!!

This book is quite an adventure. Part monster story, part LGBT love story, part coming of age, part good versus evil story, part social critique. Complete with kick-ass characters.

I just loved this book. It had a message and was also great fun!
Michael Cook
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
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
Kara
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ok i expected to have a fun romp with some supernatural elements i did NOT expect to fully be cryin about humanity and mortality and justice and love ALSO this pulled me out of a two-month reading slump in the best way Anyway read it
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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Alec Rigdon
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
While I often found myself frustrated with the confusing style of story telling or lack of details in certain parts, I left the book liking it more than I thought I would. Everything in this novel seems delivered in earnest, which was a deviation from the Nightvale novels that Fink co-wrote. The seriousness of it all leant to a tone I wasn't quite prepared for, but found after some time. There are many beautiful passages scattered throughout, but I advise you to have patience with this one.
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
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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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.
Alexandra
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
truck driving across the country; back and forth, looking for her supposedly dead wife. rest stops with immaculate bathrooms and vases of flowers. rest stops with filthy bathrooms and people in hoodies appearing and disappearing.

deserts. a clown motel. murders. mystery. support groups. a diner in poughkeepsie.
a missing wife. gas station snacks. anxiety.

omg this book had it all.

i read the welcome to nightvale book and it was eh but this was SO much better.

i really liked how joseph fink descri
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jordan
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so first off I haven’t listened to the podcast yet as of writing this review, so all opinions are based on the book alone. It was interesting, and not what I expected it to be - but then, I wasn’t really expecting it to be expectable, if that makes sense. That being said, it was hard to put a finger on what genre this was supposed to be. Mystery? Dystopian? Horror? It was definitely creepy at first (which I appreciate since it’s not often that a book can put me on edge like that) but it kind ...more
Harris
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
A bit of a disappointment, Alice Isn’t Dead was touted as a reimagining of the spooky, affecting podcast but in its novelization lacked some of the things that made the podcast so gripping and, for the most part, was more of a lackluster distillation of the original rather than adding anything new.

As with the podcast, there are a lot of heady, thought provoking ideas filling up the novel, each intriguing in their use of the horrors of our daily existence in the United States to make the inevita
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Caroline
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
The podcast felt a lot more leisurely, even rambling. The book was much more to-the-point, cutting most of Keisha’s rambling into the radio and several scenes that weren’t crucial to the plot. I really enjoyed the podcast, and I think a lot of what I liked was Jasika Nicole’s narration. The book was kind of strange to read because I could hear a lot of it in her voice (especially lines that were the same). I don’t think the same creepiness in how the thistle men talk and the weird noises they ma ...more
Shannon
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
2/5

So, I tend to have this issue with the works of Joseph Fink: I am pulled in by a super interesting premise, quirky style, and an engaging open, and then somewhere along the way I get lost in the bizarrely, unexplainable supernatural elements that overwhelm the rest of the plot.

So I was actually really engaged in this book when I first started it: I love the creep factor of strangers unexplainably going missing on the expanse of the American highway system, and I love a spooky monster tale.

S
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Mae Crowe
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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Felicite Reads
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
Well, I didn't love this book. I also really didn't like it, either. BUT I did like what the author was trying to say, just not the way he said it. Regardless, page 298 was my favorite.

Keisha's wife, Alice, is missing and later presumed dead. Keisha doesn't know how to move forward without her wife, so she focuses on the other bad things in the world, all the bad things happening to other people. While watching the news one day Keisha spots Alice in the background. That's how Keisha's search fo
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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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