A mystery without a solution. 3/5 stars.
The blurb: Only nine people have ever been chosen by renowned children’s author Laura White to join “The Rabbit Back Literature Society,” an elite group of writers in the small town of Rabbit Back. Now a tenth member has been selected: Ella, a young literature teacher.
Soon Ella discovers that the Society is not what it seems. What is its mysterious ritual known as “The Game”? What explains the strange disappearance that occurs at Laura White’s winter party? Why are the words inside books starting to rearrange themselves? Was there once another tenth member, before her? Slowly, as Ella explores the Society and its history, disturbing secrets that had been buried start to come to light…
As ever, clicking on the cover image will take you to the book’s Goodreads page.
Lindsay at bookboodle gave me this book. She didn’t enjoy it that much because it was incredibly weird (you can read her review here). Knowing all the fantasy fiction I enjoy, she thought I might get on with the book a bit better than her 🙂
So, did I love it? Not really. One of the quotes on the front cover says “unnerving, enigmatic”: I suspect these are reviewer euphemisms for “muddled” and “baffling”. And this is a shame. Certain elements of the story are intriguing and the whole thing is well-written. But, on the whole, it’s a confusing hodge-podge which comes to no conclusions. As I read, I keep feeling as if I’d find all the answers just over the page… but no. In fact, the blurb poses four intriguing questions; the book only answers two. And, to be honest, “The Game” isn’t really a mysterious ritual. It’s just daft.