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A Phantasmagoric Nightmare
on 2 February 2017
In the little Finnish village of Rabbit Back, Ella Milana, substitute teacher and Literature grad with a failed relationship and an infertile womb stumbles on classic novels with changed storylines and starts her investigation at the local library. From there, she gains entry into the exclusive Rabbit Back Literature Society and finds herself in a thicker mystery surrounding its founder, enigmatic children's writer Laura White. A fantasy detective and psycho-erotic thriller unfolds.
Such a promising start, but the narrative soon falls apart under the weight of its own pompous ambitions. There are just too many instances of failed attempts to insert juicy nuggets like the secrets of the society, why the members are virtually strangers though they had been firm childhood friends, Laura White's almost ethereal persona, and Ella's own barrenness, which seemed to hint at some significance to the plot, but which turns out to be nothing more than a needless detail. There are many dogs that seem to be attracted by the supernatural but their ominous presence is there more as a mood device, and perhaps to add to the suspense and senseless violence.
There were many ideas and characters in this novel, which were too jumbled to form a plausible story, and the effect is a phantasmagoric nightmare which one can't wait to shake off with an uncomfortable shiver.