“Whispers from bugs and flowers? Seems legit.
Welcome to a new tale of Alice, one that will shine a new light on the Wonderland readers have grown to love. This novel will make you throw all you think you know out the window as you delve into this debut novel.
Down, down, down the rabbit hole we go…and from the start I was hooked. I found this book to be The Bell Jar meets a teen eighties movie. Seriously.
As the story opens, Alyssa is trying to cope with being a teenager, having a job, having a crush, and having a mom in a mental institution. But that’s not all. She hears the whispers, the whispers that put her own mother away. Is Alyssa destined to suffer the same fate, or is there more to those whispers?
After a moment of nonsensical clarity, we are thrust into the world of Wonderland. A world that is full of twists and turns in more ways than we could ever imagine. Readers will re-visit the ills that Alice left behind in Wonderland when she left, and it is up to Alyssa to put everything back in order to save her sanity. No one can be trusted—not even Alyssa herself. Or is that a part of the madness that is Wonderland?
My connection to this novel and Plath’s deals with the feel of the novel. As I was reading this novel, I was unsure if I was descending into madness with Alyssa or if there was something concrete within the plot. I will not say more than that because it will ruin important elements of the plot, but I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
The connection to a teen eighties movie deals with the character of Jeb, Alyssa’s crush, and next door neighbor. I love Jeb, and I love that he accepts Alyssa for all she is. But I also love that I felt as if I were in a Molly Ringwald movie every time he was on the page with her. Imagine Sixteen Candles in Wonderland? How fun!
But this is not a novel that focuses on Alyssa and Jeb. This is not a love story in that sense. This is a coming of age story, but it is also a story of having faith in those who love you. That element of the story is fulfilled with more than just Jeb.
As a whole, I found Splintered to be an engaging mystery that kept me guessing until the final page. It will appeal to those who love a good re-telling and to those who just love an interesting story. ”