Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Killing the Rabbit by Alison Goodman

Killing the Rabbit
Alison Goodman
Bantam Books – Bantam Dell
July 31, 2007
ISBN# 978-0-553-59011-1

Hannie Reynard was given a grant to make her film, Freaks or Frauds, about a group of women viewed as medical freaks. It’s one of the best opportunities an aspiring filmmaker could hope for, but instead of getting the job underway Hannie went to Paris and blew a chunk of the money. Now she’s being blackmailed for her unauthorized use of the Independent Filmmakers Fund, and agrees to take him on her crew. With little experience, and none recently, Mosson Ferret becomes her new cameraman and they set out to put their film together. Problem is, they aren’t alone in seeking the women who share an amazing genetic trait, and one by one the women are disappearing before Hannie and her crew can ever reach them for an interview.

The Forecaster has made a long term prediction for the pharmaceutical company who employs him, and with it comes the threat of change. A change that would not benefit the company and must be neutralized before it becomes an issue. The Forecaster sets in motion the elimination of those threats, and with it opens the door for danger to everyone involved.

Killing the Rabbit is a riveting thrill ride, slightly bizarre in the most compelling of ways. Ms. Goodman delivers a tale in speculative fiction that’s wonderfully imaginative and impossible to set down. With an amateur filmmaking crew trekking around Australia, a hit man with serious issues of his own and women possessing an ability that would rock the medical and pharmaceutical worlds, this engaging tale will leave readers impressed with the creative possibilities and eager to read more of the same.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

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