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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lost in Wonderland by Nicky Peacock

About Nicky Peacock

Nicky is a published author of both YA and adult urban fantasy, paranormal romance and horror fiction. She lives in the heart of the UK, where she has run a writers' group for over 4 years to help new writers find their feet on the path to publication. A member of both the Society of Authors and the British Fantasy Society, Nicky has had over 30 stories published in various anthologies. She loves to talk to readers, so please feel free to either get in touch with her through her blog, or on any of the social media below.

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Guest Post

Research that has stayed with me...

Writers do a lot of research. We can’t really help it, when you write any book there is always a certain amount that needs to be done to ensure your facts are shiny and your words ring true. And with Lost in Wonderland, I needed to look into the minds of psychopathic killers. Now, I’ve always been fascinated by those who can kill for fun. It’s such a heinous act, that anyone who can do this (in my opinion) must have an essential part of their soul missing, but the more I looked into them, the more complicated everything became. Okay, I’m not a psychologist or criminologist (in a world where a college education is free, I might have been one) but still I’m a curious person and I ask a lot of questions. I talked to people who work with violent offenders and the mentally unstable. I looked up cases online and watched documentaries. I listened to podcasts of real cases that left me wondering if the guilty were innocent and if the innocent were really guilty. I spent an interesting evening watching Psychopath Night on Channel 4 (UK channel) that pushed the boundaries on the psychopath and actually gave instances where society needs these types of people (when they’ve not turned to killing the innocent that is) and the deeper I went into the subject the harder it was not to worry.

Even now, as I write this, I’m sitting in a local coffee house, drinking my tea and glancing around at the chatting crowds. One of them could be a psychopathic killer. One of them could be sat plotting their next murder. And they could have seen me looking at them! Okay, I’m just going to put my head down and get on with writing this guest post right now.

Psychopaths come in all shapes and sizes and that is their most worrying trait. They don’t wear big black silk capes, Halloween masks and continually clutch a blood dripping knife in their hand. They look just like everyone else. The only time you realize that you’re with one is when it’s too late. Whilst doing my research I asked friends and family about local crimes and stories that they had heard and discovered something quite terrible. Information that proves that these types of crimes are not just something that happens to ‘other people’...a friend of a friend I spoke to had had a family member murdered by a serial killer. I won’t say who and when, but just knowing this makes me shudder. It makes everything I’ve learnt less fascinating and more...real.

Okay, I’m not saying that you’re odds on going to come across a psychopath killer yourself and that you need to be alert to this every moment of the day, but curbing naivety certainly will help. Also, don’t hitch-hike, take car rides with people you don’t know, or jog alone with head phones on early in the morning/ late at night – although, to be fair, this is generally good advice all around.

Thank you for having me on your blog. Nicx.

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Review by Anniek

When Kayla and her brother Shilo were kids they saw how a monster took their mother. Shilo ran so hard to keep up and try to save his mother that he failed to protect Kayla. Their dad couldn't take the pain after his wife died and he chose to end his own life. Leaving Kayla and Shilo behind as orphans. Kayla found a new place with her foster parents in Wonderland. Shilo has been in an asylum ever since.

In Wonderland there are no rules. Everyone is trained to take down murderers and Kayla (in her new life known as Mouse) is very good at her job. Together with her foster siblings Cheshire and Rabbit they take down serial killers when the normal police department fails. Mouse looks young even though she is already nineteen years old. With the right clothes she still looks like a little girl. Once she was vulnerable, but now she is a force to be reckoned with.

Shilo has forgotten how life used to be outside the asylum. Because of his fear of the monster he is in no hurry to leave. He also has an imaginary friend who helps him through the days and also encourages him to find a way to get back to the outside world. The monster has tasted Kayla's blood and the time has come for him to collect his prize. Shilo knows that he has to step up to protect her and to finish what he failed to do in the past.

Lost in Wonderland is dark, intense and twisted. I really liked all the references to Alice in Wonderland. Because of that it made me feel like I was reading a fairytale which crossed over to the dark side. The characters all have their own strengths and weaknesses. Because of the fact that Nicky Peacock includes both they feel real.

I have read other books written by Nicky Peacock and she never fails to amaze me with her way of telling a story. She keeps me interested until the very last lines. She's leaving little clues within every chapter and because of them I didn't want to stop reading. If you have never read anything by Nicky Peacock you should give her stories a try. If you liked her previous books you should definitely pick up this one as well. I highly recommend any of her books and advise you to read them when the sun goes down. I think the cover of Lost In Wonderland is just as fantastic as the story.