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I really enjoyed this audiobook yet I must caution: the subject matter is perturbed and this is no happy story. This book brings into question themes of evil, innocence, justice and the many forms of mental illness and coping mechanisms the human psyche allows.
My expectations were not so different from what I was provided but I will admit I was taken aback several times by the the capacity of evil McHugh's world permits. Just when I thought the pain and suffering was over, more gasoline was poured onto the fire.
Mc Hugh's writing has a unique, mature quality about it and she is able to evoke so many powerful emotions. I experienced a great deal of anger, frustration, sorrow and longing for our heroine, Avery. Also, let me say what an INCREDIBLE VILLAIN Faye is. Puritanical, twisted, self-righteous to the extreme and a master of manipulation, cruelty and deceit. I don't think I've been so captivated and utterly repulsed by any fictional character in this manner before. Faye is not your predictable, stereo-typed villain. She is your worst nightmare.
Mc Hugh is also a clever writer; the metaphor and symbolism are no strangers to her. By the second chapter, I would not be surprised if you found yourself, mouth agape at the realization of title's meaning "Rabbits In the Garden."
As an audiobook, Mc Hugh's characters are brought to life through Kristin Allison's beautiful narration. She is highly skilled and was able to deliver the most flawless inflections and voice variations among the different characters. She was excellent.
I would absolutely recommend this book if you are looking for well written page-turner, something creepy and something with meaning and substance.
***Although this was no happy story, I ended this book with a twisted sense of satisfaction. GREAT ENDING!
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... but my suspension of belief was threatened way too many times. I won't ruin it for everyone, but my questions involve: how on earth did she beat to death wild rabbits? did police officers not have basic reasoning skills in this universe? cuz, really, how do they purpose a 12-year-old dragged huge adult bodies home and put them in her basement without being able to drive? There are many more questions I have, but those are a couple quick ones.
The narrator was robotic. It was hard to get into the story, aside from what I said above, because she sounded like someone put sentences in Microsoft Word, and told it to read what you just wrote. At certain points, she did well, but for the most part, it was without feeling.
Honestly, I really really tried to like the book. I feel the passion in the author, so that makes the book kinda interesting.