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What I hoped for, so much better than "Red Queen"
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2020
"Looking Glass" - thankfully - has the same tone and feel as "Alice" did. While less gory, "Looking Glass" has plenty of creepy part that make your skin crawl. For those that struggled with the sexual assault and sex slavery of "Alice," this book (no spoilers) alludes to pedophilia but nothing actually takes place along those lines. All 4 of the novellas are good reads. They are long enough to develop into their own stories and stand alone. No they are not in chronological order necessarily but it doesn't matter. You have to read "Alice" and "Red Queen" first to understand them. Even if you've heard bad things about "Red Queen" (and there were many disappointing things about it) the stories do talk about events that happened in "Red Queen" enough that you'd be confused, especially pertaining to Hatcher. "Lovely Creature" was a true "Alice" story in every way. "Girl in Amber" was a bit hard to picture at time because it was a bit trippy like the goblin stuff in "Red Queen" but much creeper and not annoying. "When I First Came to Town" was a great new twist since it was from Hatcher's point of view and we finally got to see what happened leading up to him being with Hattie. "The Mercy Seat" was creepy in a different way than "Alice," can't explain without spoilers so I'll just say it's creepy. And we get the ending we'd hoped for for Alice and Hatcher, or at least the ending I'd hoped for. If you were disappointed/frustrated/angry by "Red Queen" and weren't sure if "Looking Glass" was worth trying, I will tell you it is. You won't be disappointed like you were with "Red Queen."