Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Rabbit Factor. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour and to Orenda Books for my copy of the book.
Just one spreadsheet away from chaos…
What makes life perfect? Insurance mathematician Henri Koskinen knows the answer because he calculates everything down to the very last decimal.
And then, for the first time, Henri is faced with the incalculable. After suddenly losing his job, Henri inherits an adventure park from his brother – its peculiar employees and troubling financial problems included. The worst of the financial issues appear to originate from big loans taken from criminal quarters … and some dangerous men are very keen to get their money back.
But what Henri really can’t compute is love. In the adventure park, Henri crosses paths with Laura, an artist with a chequered past, and a joie de vivre and erratic lifestyle that bewilders him. As the criminals go to extreme lengths to collect their debts and as Henri’s relationship with Laura deepens, he finds himself faced with situations and emotions that simply cannot be pinned down on his spreadsheets…
Warmly funny, rich with quirky characters and absurd situations, The Rabbit Factor is a triumph of a dark thriller, its tension matched only by its ability to make us rejoice in the beauty and random nature of life.
I have read a few of Tuomainen’s books now and they’re always entertaining and based on a rather unusual premise, so I was interested to see what he could do in an adventure park with a rabbit. I was absolutely not disappointed! I loved how Tuomainen’s descriptions took me to the adventure park and his writing style made me believe every single word, no matter how bonkers! There is a lot of humour in the novel and a few laugh out loud moments.
Henri is a first person narrator and I found it really easy to get to know him through his straight talking and logical approach to life, although some of the Maths went way over my head! Characters like Henri have been written before, but rarely with such compassion and truthfulness that really allows the reader to take him to their heart. I admired how he dealt with some difficult situations in the wake of his brother’s death. I loved his relationship with Laura and found it incredibly heartwarming. I really felt able to root for him and enjoyed reading as his character grew and developed in so many ways.
From beginning to end, I never quite knew which direction The Rabbit Factor would go, but I really wanted to find out! I loved the surprises along the way and I will be thinking about Henri, Laura and everyone at the adventure park for a while yet.
The Rabbit Factor is available from Amazon.
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