Alison Wonderland by Helen Smith
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
With a title like "Alison Wonderland" and jacket copy that says that the title character works for Fitzgerald's Bureau of Investigation (FBI, get it?) I was really hoping for something quirky - sort of Jasper Fforde-esque. Not so much.
Alison is in her 20s, somewhat adrift (she has a casual sex partner she finds "convenient", her neighbor writes her poems) when she gets a request from another 20-something, Taron. Taron wants Alison's help finding an abandoned baby to give to her (Taron's) mother to be raised as a witch. Their search is intertwined with Alison's work assignment to get some information on a company genetically modifying vegetables and animals (there's a cute sounding shig - a sheep/pig cross).
The parts could have added up to something interesting, but that never really happens. The drugs Alison and Taron take, the psychic aspects to Clive, the shig, and Phoebe's appearance don't fit together as well as they might. This might be because this is a self-published book, but the conceit of the book is never quite realized.
ARC provided by publisher.