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.
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…
Going in to reading The Rabbit Factor I already knew that I would enjoy the writing style as I have read and enjoy Antti Tuomainen's writing before. It didn't disappoint and his clever sense of humour shone through this smoothly written book.
As there is a mystery to the story, I won't be talking too much about the plot line. However I would be remiss if I didn't mention how incredibly well woven the tale was and the pacing of the writing matched what was happening during each chapter. It wasn't a heart pounding race to the end, and that really worked with developing the character of Henri and the background of the adventure park (not amusement park).
Henri is truly wonderful and I found very likeable. The way he tries to deal with things so logically and that while it occasionally works, he shows so much growth throughout the book and develops a wider range of methods. He shows both through his dealing with out of the box situations and a romance that he's not what anyone, including himself, would expect.
Overall an absolute pleasure to read and I'll definitely be continuing to read anything by Antti Tuomainen. I gave this book five stars.
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