Alice is the debut novel of the author
This is a novel that reads more like a memoir and as a fan of memoirs that is certainly no bad thing. Rich in description and attentive to detail, the events of one woman’s descent into alcoholism are chronicled here in a horribly fascinating way.
At first I wondered where it was all leading. I didn’t really warm to Alice at first – her life was too perfect and I thought she was slightly anal. The writer draws us in though and slowly reveals that Alice’s life is far from perfect.
As her life becomes more complicated we see the slow unraveling of a personality and a lowering of her self-esteem. Her previously carefully ordered life becomes one of disorder and drudgery as she tries to cope with her mutinous, slovenly and self-centred stepchildren who seem to enjoy thwarting her and plotting against her.
Alice turns to the bottle after going through what feels like a never ending war of attrition that drags her down and realising that her husband was not going to be there for her in the endless small battles and confrontations with his children. Does she still love him or even want to be with him anymore are questions that need answering.
The author has had a long career in nursing that would no doubt have helped her have an in depth understanding of alcoholism and the effects on an individual and family life.
Alice’s story kept me interested throughout in this well written and cleverly plotted debut.
K.L Loveley is a contemporary fiction author from Nottinghamshire, who writes gritty, realistic novels which tackle medical and social issues.
The author has enjoyed a successful 47-year nursing career with the NHS, during which she acquired vast skills. She has transferred her medical knowledge, and incorporated her excellent human observation skills into writing interesting stories about people affected by social and medical issues.
Her debut novel, ‘Alice’ tackles alcoholism head-on, and presents the reader with an empathetic account of a spiraling addiction and the resulting pattern of hopelessness that many fall into. It is available to purchase from Amazon and other leading bookstores.