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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Do you love watching the likes of Twin Peaks or 12 Monkeys? Because if you're itching for a dreamy, surrealistic psychological thriller, then White City by author Alex Exarchos might be exactly what you need to scratch that itch. Welcome to White City, a place of wild parties and terrifying nightmares, where lust and sin drive your every action, and you're either a part of the Power, or you belong to the People. Mary Strong, a student pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology, is shocked to find out that her professor, Dr. Stein, disappeared on the same date as her grandmother fifty years ago. She is further distressed when she discovers that the dreams of her friend Lydia bear striking similarities to those of her own. Will she be able to solve the mystery?
White City is a highly imaginative rollercoaster of a ride that transports the reader into a world where actions, thoughts, and dreams blend together to create a wild cacophony of resonant harmony. Alex Exarchos's narrative is raw, powerful, dark, and melancholic, and yet somehow beautiful all the same. I was in a trance-like state for most portions of the novel. There's a lot of foreshadowing in the first half of White City, and the twists and turns of the second half make for plenty of aha moments. I feel White City is one of those rare books which will only get better with each re-read. It was a thoroughly engaging reading experience, and I will highly recommend it to fans of neo-noir and surreal mysteries.