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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Nowhere to Run: An Alli Wendy Affair by Lady DuWright is the first book in a series and a strong opening that will seduce fans of psychologically disturbing and dark urban fantasy novels. Alli Wendy is an eighteen-year-old girl who is looking forward to moving to university. But her troubles start with a nightmare that leaves her feeling disturbed. As much as she tries to forget it, the more it invades her consciousness. With old memories resurfacing and the nightmares growing stronger, she becomes more and more certain that a dark force is taking control of her life —or trying to. It is just a matter of time before it invades her reality. But when she encounters a mysterious man, he helps her see a world she never believed existed. With his help, Alli fights to destroy what is invading her mind. But can they stop it soon enough before it takes full control of her physical world?
The first thing that caught my attention when I started reading Nowhere to Run: An Alli Wendy Affair is the author’s beautiful prose. It is fluid and very descriptive and the narrator’s unusual way of saying things and her way of seeing the world is so well-written that she felt so close to me as I followed the story. While this is a story built around paranormal activity, it feels real and authentic, thanks to Lady DuWright’s gift for character. The world of the protagonist unfolds neatly before the reader’s mental gaze from the moment she feels her mom waking her up and telling her not to forget her lunch pack — she doesn’t remember using one recently. Her confusion and inadequacies become signs that something is wrong and the author uses such instances to write details into the story and to deepen the character. The story is suspenseful, filled with dark humor, and told in a voice that is irresistible. The point of view, exposition, and the plot points are marvelously written. I was completely absorbed in Alli’s frightening world and the first-person narrative voice just fitted so perfectly.