KILLING THE RABBIT
ISBN# Paperback (10)0-553-59011-1 / (13)978-0-553-59011-1 and E-Book
(10)0-553-90389-6 / (13)978-0-553-90389-8
Bantam Dell (Imprint of Random House)
1745 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10019
Paperback and E-Book
$6.99 U.S./$8.99 Canada
Rating: 4 Cups
Hannie Reynard is a young Indie filmmaker that has landed every hopeful filmmaker’s dream. She is working on a documentary about three medical freaks in Australia. Unfortunately, she blew the grant money on a trip to Paris and now the women in the film have become silent on the subject and started disappearing.
Mosson J. Ferret is auditing Hannie’s books. There is something vaguely familiar about her and then he recalls she was the girl who sat behind him in film editing class. He even let her borrow some money, but he doubts she even remembers. Mosson would love nothing more than to behind the camera as Hannie does her filming.
The Forecaster has the Osaga-Fowler Pharmaceutical Company. They have drawn up a two hundred year strategic plan but the “RabbitWoman” Mutation’ could cause trouble.
Hannie thought using her Independent Filmmakers Fund grant money for a trip would not get her busted. However, now she is being investigated over her documentary, Freaks and Frauds, and feels a bit uncomfortable. Of all the people auditing her, it just happens to be Mosson, a man from Advanced Film Editing class ten years ago. Mosson wants more; he wants to be her cameraman, even if he has to use a little blackmail. The documentary details how human females can reabsorb their own babies. Someone is against Hannie making the movie and plans to stop production. The Forecaster knows if things are left unchecked, in time, there will be a lost market for contraceptives and woman could have control over their own fertility. Hannie fears the young women are medical freaks and wants the world to know the facts. Amidst all the evasive interviews, someone is threatening her career and her relationship with Mosson. She must also protect a secret, as each person wonders which is best for the company or the women.
Killing the Rabbit is a story that engages the reader while giving much thought. Hannie is a great protagonist and the courage she has in searching for the truth is commendable. She and Mosson work together well. I liked the part where Hannie would rather not have a man with hair on his back, as one of her requirements in a man. Alison Goodman pens a well-written suspense that has you guessing. Toss in murder, mayhem, some fame and a bit of opulence and this tale ponders on the wonders of what if. What if a company did decide to go to great lengths for such an activity to reach out to the human female with a “RabbitWoman” mutation? I found this story quite different, and a bit eerie, especially when the Forecaster was reading the folder on the “RabbitWoman” Mutation. I wish it were a movie.
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