February 26, 2016

The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen

Rabbit Back

When you think of Scandinavian Fiction, do you think of Harry Nesbo and Stieg Larsson? While those books are pretty amazing, this one is nothing like those. It's haunting and creepy and weird, yes, but it's also funny and beautiful and magical.

Our heroine, Ella, is asked to join an exclusive literary society run by the foremost Finnish children's author. She hand picked all the members, and all the other members are famous authors. But weird stuff is happening. The words in books don't stay in place. The founder of the group disappears in an indoor snowstorm inside her house during a party. Ella is determined to find out what is going on with this kooky bunch.

When I finished the book I dropped it on the table and said, "Holy moly." Those last five pages. Just amazing. Did NOT see that coming.

This book reads really fast. Not just because there is quite a bit of white space on the page, and the pages are pretty think. Because it's a page turner. I didn't find it scary, a little creepy maybe, but each chapter left off in a bit of a cliffhanger. It's easy to tell yourself, "Just one more section."