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Rabbits in the Garden [Kindle Edition]

Jessica McHugh
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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Book Description

At twelve years old, Avery Norton had everything: a boyfriend who was also her best friend, the entirety of Martha's Vineyard as her playground, and her very own garden to tend. By thirteen, it was all over.The discovery of a secret crypt in the basement starts the Norton family down many unexpected avenues, including one that leads to Avery's arrest for murder and her subsequent imprisonment in Taunton State Lunatic Asylum. Set in 1950s Massachusetts, Rabbits in the Garden follows Avery Norton's struggle to prove her innocence and escape Taunton with her mind intact.

Editorial Reviews


  • "This is horror the way it should be - crawling under your skin slowly, from page one till the very end, and turning the world as you know it into something scary and unfamiliar." - Majanka Verstraete, I <3 Reading
  • "This is one of those haunting books that is hard to read, but begs to be read. It is daunting, bigger than life, and a journey once you start will change you forever..." -

About the Author

Jessica McHugh is an author of speculative fiction that spans the genre from horror and alternate history to epic fantasy. A prolific writer, she has devoted herself to novels, short stories, poetry, and playwriting. She has had twelve books published in four years, including the bestselling "Rabbits in the Garden," "The Sky: The World" and the gritty coming-of-age thriller, "PINS." More info on Jessica's speculations and publications can be found at

Product Details

  • File Size: 295 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Post Mortem Press (February 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LZ53L6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Spinning, Twisted Excellence! August 22, 2011
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McHugh's books is a read the whole thing in one sitting kind of book!! All the twisted events taking place makes you keep turning the pages. You think you are going to stop at the next chapter but then something even more crazy than what just happen is introduced and you just want to continue. After finishing the book, I was still thinking about the storyline and characters hours after! Excellent Must Read
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for nightmares! October 11, 2011
By Melissa
Format:Kindle Edition
RABBITS IN THE GARDEN, by Jessica McHugh, was a book I wanted to read as soon as I heard about it. I don't often read suspense/horror stories (I've got a sensitive disposition and am prone to nightmares), but there was just something about this one that pricked my attention.

This book follows Avery over a six-year span. Although the beginning of Avery's story is innocuous enough, the reader quickly learns that all is not what it seems in the Norton household. While I don't want to give away any spoilers, there is one incident between Avery and her mother in the garden that sets the tone for the rest of the story. It is one of those moments that seemingly comes out of the blue and thwacks you over the head with a stick, and I really felt like my shock over what had just happened mirrored Avery's.

Jessica does a good job of keeping the reader in suspense. Just when you think you know what's going on with the characters, she pulls the proverbial rug out from under your feet. I read the Kindle edition while walking on the treadmill, and there was a time I was so surprised by a turn of events, I actually almost fell off!

I think what I liked most about RABBITS IN THE GARDEN is that Avery's time in Taunton felt a bit reminiscent of one of my favorite movies, GIRL INTERRUPTED. I enjoy reading books that focus heavily on character emotion and motivation, and not just plot. RABBITS IN THE GARDEN is just as much a story about the relationships Avery builds with the other girls while inside Taunton, as it is about her struggle to escape the institution.

My only nit-pick about the book is that transitions were not always well executed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of McHugh thus far! June 29, 2011
By Jenny
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Wow. Simply WOW!!

I'm thrilled with Rabbits in the Garden! I'm not very good with words, but I can definitely say this is my favorite Jessica McHugh novel so far! (Although I'm on edge waiting for Danny Marble to be released!)

This is an intense story that can only be described as mesmorizingly crazy. It grips you with every page, making you question the sanity of all the characters and even yourself at times.

I will be reading and rereading this book for years to come. Thank you McHugh! Can't wait for the next big release!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Rabbits in the Garden is a page turner that had me hooked right away.

Avery Norton has been though the wringer and I am never quite sure what is real and what is in her fragile mind. But that's a good thing.
Jessica McHugh has created a very personally compelling story on an epic scale.
Sounds like hyperbole - pick up a copy and you will understand.

One little girl's simple life is turned upside-down and as she grows into a woman we follow along her psychological torment.

Some reviewers have commented the books premise is illogical. Okay, it is fiction after all.
Vampires are illogical. CSI gadgets are illogical. A duck-billed platypus is illogical.

I suspect these folks are frustrated writers - as they have little to add to the conversation other than "I didn't like it cause I can't think beyond the rational."

I can't wait for more Jessica McHugh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Twisted, tragic, and engrossing. May 9, 2012
By GB76
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Jessica McHugh has a way with words that other writers would kill for. Her prose is easy and engrossing, and her characters are either likable or despicable in a way that you just can't stop loving them. That's what happens with the characters in Rabbits in the Garden, whose perfect heroine, Avery Norton, is so young and innocent you can't but want to protect her from the evils that threaten her world. On the other hand, Faye is as dark a soul as they come, so egotistical and self-rightgeous you want to choke her. I would've loved to see more of what was behind of Faye, though; her motivations and feelings. Sometimes I couldn't feel her as vividly as I felt Avery. Rabbits in the Garden is a character-driven story and sometimes the plot doesn't hold, like the age Avery have to have been when the 'purging of the garden' began (if you read the book, you know what I mean); it just makes it humanly impossible for the allegations to be true. Then it is the fact that condoms were not widely used in the 50's and the cost would've been prohibiting to a college student. Then again, these are small factors one can forget when surrounded by McHugh's world.

One of the things I love about this book is its title and the subtlety of it. In its apparent innocence holds the dark twists of the story and reflects its character as very few authors manage to do in four simple words. When I fist saw it I couldn't understand why would there be Rabbits on the title of a horror/suspense story, and what was so hypnotizing about it that I felt compelled to read the book without knowing a thing more about it. Well, now that I know I don't think I will ever see rabbits in the same way again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Literally the worst book I've ever read.
I read this book based on the really good reviews that almost everyone gave, and it was on a list of "good Halloween reads" and was even free for the Amazon Kindle at the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by B. Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
Suspenseful and with a surprise ending
Published 4 months ago by Louise Uithoven
4.0 out of 5 stars This is some seriously twisted stuff, captivating.
This is some seriously twisted stuff, captivating. I really got pulled in and loved the dark undertow of the prose. Read more
Published 8 months ago by D. S. Atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted
Craziest book I've ever read! I love how dark and twisted it is. I will be reading it again!
Published 9 months ago by HeatherP
5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to put down!
This is how Psychological Thrillers are done! Great characters and page turning twists make this book impossible to put down. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kathleen
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
The author obviously has no idea how law enforcement, or insane asylums, work and did no research whatsoever. This story is full of plot holes and is flat out ridiculous.
Published 14 months ago by JackOfAllTrades
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Just wow! Such an amazing book so hard to put down. It took me 3 days to finish and it took that long due to lack of time to read.
Published 21 months ago by Selena Grasso
4.0 out of 5 stars @_@
I'm giving this only four stars just because I'm not sure how to feel about the last few chapters. It really makes me reconsider many of my thoughts and feelings on those... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Kelli Perkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Gets your attention at the very beginning.
Starts you off on a page turning adventure but makes it hard to believe a young girl could be accused and committed
To a 'crazy house' the way she was. Read more
Published 23 months ago by M.Gless
4.0 out of 5 stars I didn't mind being twisted at all
I've become a big fan of Jessica McHugh. Rabbits is an earlier publication and shows the wordsmith promise of a great writer. Read more
Published on April 12, 2013 by J. Gentry
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More About the Author

Jessica McHugh is an author of speculative fiction spanning the genre from horror and alternate history to young adult. A 2013 Pulp Ark nominee, she has devoted herself to novels, short stories, poetry, and playwriting. Jessica has had sixteen books published in six years, including her bestselling thriller, "Rabbits in the Garden," and the first book in her edgy YA series, "The Darla Decker Diaries." More info on her speculations and publications can be found at

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