What (am I currently reading)?
I am currently listening to the audiobook The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen, translated by David Hackson, narrated by David Thorpe and published by Orenda Books. Various formats of this humorous mystery novel were published in October last year and the paperback version is due out on 14th April 2022; my review will be up on EmmabBooks.com around then.
Book Blurb (taken from https://orendabooks.co.uk/books )
An insurance mathematician’s carefully ordered life is turned on its head when he unexpectedly loses his job and inherits an adventure park … with a whole host of problems. A quirky, tense and warmly funny thriller from award-winning Finnish author Antti Tuomainen.
**Soon to be a major motion picture starring Steve Carell for Amazon Studios**
Just one spreadsheet away from chaos…
What makes life perfect? Insurance mathematician Henri Koskinen knows the answer because he calculates everything down to the very last decimal.
And then, for the first time, Henri is faced with the incalculable. After suddenly losing his job, Henri inherits an adventure park from his brother – its peculiar employees and troubling financial problems included. The worst of the financial issues appear to originate from big loans taken from criminal quarters … and some dangerous men are very keen to get their money back.
But what Henri really can’t compute is love. In the adventure park, Henri crosses paths with Laura, an artist with a chequered past, and a joie de vivre and erratic lifestyle that bewilders him. As the criminals go to extreme lengths to collect their debts and as Henri’s relationship with Laura deepens, he finds himself faced with situations and emotions that simply cannot be pinned down on his spreadsheets…
Warmly funny, rich with quirky characters and absurd situations, The Rabbit Factor is a triumph of a dark thriller, its tension matched only by its ability to make us rejoice in the beauty and random nature of life.
Why (have I chosen to read it)?
I have seen so many great reviews of this book, and was looking for something with a bit of humour that would keep my attention. Orenda Books are always a good bet for great books, so when I saw this was available as an audiobook, it seemed perfect for my needs. I am enjoying it so far – Henri the main character is great, and the dry wit is just what I need.
While (I am reading it)
I went to see the comedian/musician/so much more Bill Bailey in Munich last week. He was brilliant in every way, and one of the few live comedians I have seen who do not resort to bad language and innuendo for his humour. I highly recommend going to see him if you have the chance.
All the best, Emma