Monday, January 1, 2018

Book Review: 'Follow the White Rabbit' by Shelli Rosewarne


It’s hard to hide the truth forever.
Imagine experiencing desire while having no clue at all if you’ve ever acted on those feelings. Mary Ann’s amnesia is the first thing the reader learns about her, but I didn’t think about all of the repercussion of having no memories of her previous life until she began showing how it was affecting her. There was something about her longing to remember that struck a chord with me. I was intrigued by the new life she’d built. At the same time, though, I really hoped she’d at least get a few clues about her identity. She was so likeable that I couldn’t imagine what it would be like for her to never get find answers she sought.
I definitely didn’t anticipate the plot twist that Ms. Rosewarne had up her sleeve. It worked well with everything that was established early on, but the execution of it was a little abrupt. There was simply so much going on in that section that it would have worked better for me if this had been a novella instead of a short story. Another 20 or 30 pages would have provided enough space to explore everything that was only hinted at in this version. Had those fascinating nooks been given more time to affect Mary Ann’s reality, I would have easily chosen a much higher rating for this tale.
The only thing more fascinating to me than Mary Ann’s blank page of a past were all of the descriptions of what it’s like to work for the White Rabbit. It’s hard to picture two characters with personalities more diametrically opposed than these ones. What surprised me about their business relationship, though, was how they accounted for each other’s weaknesses. They were actually a very good team!
Follow the White Rabbit was a peek into the adult side of Wonderland. It’s a good choice for anyone who’d like to revisit this universe as a grownup.

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