Bedlam Stories by Christine Converse


Synopsis:

Set in the 1920s, intrepid reporter Nellie Bly fakes insanity to gain admission into the infamous Bedlam Asylum. While researching her expose, Nellie meets a young patient, Dorothy, who has delusions of a fantasy land she calls "Oz".

Digging deeper into the dark history of the asylum, Nellie uncovers evidence of human experimentations on another inmate, a young girl named Alice, who's "Wonderland" mirrors Dorothy's imaginary world.

Nellie is determined not to let Dorothy share Alice's fate as a human guinea pig. But the horrific experiments open a portal to these other worlds.

When the dark and twisted inhabitants of Oz and Wonderland clash for control, Nellie realizes that they aren't delusions at all - they are terrifyingly real.

Review:

This was an interesting read. It was pretty dark and was fun to read a story with familiar characters in such a different way. I actually read the synopsis before starting the book and thought I don't know about this. I mean it seemed like it could go either way - I could hate it or love it. Well I loved it at first. I slowly got disillusioned, but not too much.

This book starts off really good. I couldn't wait to see what was going on and what would happen. Nellie and Dorothy (of Oz) are journeying to the Bedlam Asylum. Nellie does a pretty good job of making sure the people running the place thinks she insane. She really goes as far as possible to sell it. Once she arrives there things get interesting and Alice is introduced slightly. She seems so creepy and all of her friends are just so great. The Cheshire cat, one of my favorite characters from Alice in Wonderland, was one of my favorite characters in this story. The ending where they describe how he eats to body parts and licks up the blood with his tongue like shards of glass was just so creepy fun!

The one issue I did have with the story was the Dr. I get that he is the insane doctor, but his reasoning and such just didn't live up to the high expectations of the rest of the book. It was alright, but I just felt a little...disappointed by the explanation. It was fine, but could have been better. The whole ending though was a little odd...just a little off. A little ridiculous in the confines of the story.

Overall though I did enjoy the story. I am looking forward to the next book to see what happens.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

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