Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Review: Rabbit Hole by Kate Brody

Rabbit Hole
by Kate Brody

Publisher: Soho Crime
Pages: 374
Format: audiobook and ebook
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Ten years ago, Theodora “Teddy” Angstrom’s older sister, Angie, went missing. Her case remains unsolved. Now Teddy’s father, Mark, has killed himself. Unbeknownst to Mark’s family, he had been active in a Reddit community fixated on Angie, and Teddy can’t help but fall down the same rabbit hole.

Teddy’s investigation quickly gets her in hot water with her gun-nut boyfriend, her long-lost half brother, and her colleagues at the prestigious high school where she teaches English. Further complicating matters is Teddy’s growing obsession with Mickey, a charming amateur sleuth who is eerily keen on helping her solve the case.

Bewitched by Mickey, Teddy begins to lose her moral compass. As she struggles to reconcile new information with old memories, her erratic behavior reaches a fever pitch, but she won’t stop until she finds Angie—or destroys herself in the process.

Kritters Thoughts:  My first book of 2024 and while I for sure finished it, it was just an ok book from my point of view.  A book that could be described as much more character driven then plot and had a very slow roll.  I have found over my years of reading that I tend to lean and enjoy those books where the characters are great, but there is definitely some plot movement with great pacing.  

Teddy Angstrom's father has committed suicide and this is the second mystery that she is trying to solve.  The first is the ten-year-old mystery of her older sister's disappearance.  Teddy wonders if the two are related and why her father has chosen now to end his life.  She heads to reddit, the chat boards, and old school sleuthing to try to gather the clues to solve it all.  

For me, when I read the synopsis I felt as though the book was leaning towards the real mystery of it all and while that is the heart of the story, this book is more literary fiction and coming of age as Teddy is really trying to find herself without two of her family members in her life.  

The book was very raw and real, and to warn the sensitive readers, this one had some scenes that while appropriate for the book, could make you blush.  I personally don't have someone that I would recommend this book to, but I hope with describing it this way, a reader could find it for themselves.    

As for the audiobook, the narrator was great, it felt as though Teddy herself was telling her story and I enjoyed listening to the story.  I did have the ebook version and was glad to read in that medium also, and especially enjoyed the reddit parts in "print" was it was easier to follow the flow of the chat.  

Audiobook 2024 Challenge:  1 out of 24

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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