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Rabbits in the Garden by [McHugh, Jessica]
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  • "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..." - Goodreads.com

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 JessicaMcHughBooks.com.

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  • File Size: 478 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Post Mortem Press (February 14, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 14, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LZ53L6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,618 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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Being labeled as YA, I originally didn't think McHugh's book would suit me. Boy was I wrong. As with much fiction there needs to be some level of suspension of disbelief and this book is no different. If you can accomplish this I think you will enjoy this book very much. This book has been dominating YA and women's books as of late, and there is good reason for it. Rabbits has staying power. Definitely a must read for any horror fan.
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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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