Mr. Wicker Paperback – December 31, 2018
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From Publishers Weekly
Convincing in its haunting whimsy, Alexander's emotionally complex faerie tale comments on grim reality with chilling metaphors. . . Alexander (By the Pricking) makes the impossible feel probable, anchoring fantasy in everyday struggles. Alicia's spitfire defiance and charming vulnerability, and the eventual romance between her and Dr. Farron, inject warmth into chilling encounters between a world that shouldn't exist and undependable reality. Illness, loss, and heartache color this splendid, bittersweet ode to the ghosts of childhood.
From Library Journal
Starred Review, Debut of the Month
..".the fantastic premise of memories so terrible they need to be excised and hidden away makes this a horror novel to anticipate."
"Suicide, love, lust, lost dreams and twisted purgatories...Maria Alexander's Mr. Wicker is an original, crafted of startling images and darkly poetic language. Eerily effective." --Steven Barnes, author of Lion's Blood
"Elegant chills, genuine awe, and true tragedy are all ingredients in the spell cast by Maria Alexander's Mr. Wicker. Anyone who has encountered Maria's short stories surely expects her first novel to be extraordinary, and she doesn't disappoint. Mr. Wicker is rich, lovely, and deeply unnerving." --Lisa Morton, author of Maledictionand Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween
- Publisher : Ghede Press; 2nd ed. edition (December 31, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 282 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1732454248
- ISBN-13 : 978-1732454248
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.71 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #830,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The path the reader will take on the way to understanding the identify of Mr. Wicker resembles a roller-coaster ride: sometimes fast, sometimes slow, some surprises, some lulls...but never boring.
I'll just point these things out: There are several turns of phrase that made me stop for a moment and say, "Ohhhh - nicely done!" Also, I really liked the shift of the narrative tone based on the character focus - a common technique but I think Maria did a particularly good job of it. And, finally, she worked in references to Winnie-the-Pooh and Lovecraft in the same book - so that gets bonus points with me.
This story is dark and very shocking at times. The protagonist is relatable because she is flawed like most of us. Each chapter is written in an episodic way, giving the reader mini climaxes. The three main chacters are all strong and well developed. I found myself not knowing which one to root for.