I had always thought of my memory as something like a historical record. Evidence.  Now, I’m not so sure. Now, I have a new appreciation for the unreliable narrator. Now, I understand how a normal person could go mad. It takes one tug at one thread, and the whole illusion vanishes.

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In a nutshell

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Ten years to the day after her sister Angie disappeared, Teddy Angstrom’s father dies. As she starts cleaning out his office, she discovers his double life: a decade-long investigation into Angie’s disappearance fueled by the wild conspiracy theories from a Reddit community of true crime fans fixated on Angie. Repelled and compelled, Teddy finds herself falling down the same rabbit hole. When 19 year old internet sleuth Mickey shows up, Teddy decides they should team up to uncover what really happened to Angie. As she falls deeper into the rabbit hole, the obsession becomes self-destructive and before she knows it, she’s in way over her head.

Book Club Notes

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This is an obsessively addictive dark thriller that quite literally pulls you down into a rabbit hole. Serendipitously, I read this book in tandem with Misbelief by Dan Ariely, which explores the psychology behind conspiracy theories and the rabbit holes that people who start believing misbeliefs fall down. Teddy could’ve been plucked from one of his “spirit guides” – the path she travelled to get pulled into a world of conspiracy theories is much like those travelled by people in real life. Rabbit Hole is the literary version of watching someone go mad – you can’t help but turn the pages one after the other, in desperate search of answers. My only gripe is that I found the ending wanting, it felt anti-climatic and left way too many threads untied… but maybe that is the beauty, because not all conspiracy theories get solved. 

Read If

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You enjoy true crime podcasts, are intrigued by conspiracy theories and the power Reddit communities can wield.

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Rating

8
Storyline – 8 /10
Writing – 9/10
Character Development – 9/10
Plot Twist – 8/10
Shareability – 9/10
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8.0Overall Score

The Nitty Gritty

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Published by: Bloomsbury / Jonathon Ball

Genre: Fiction Crime Mystery

ISBN: 978-1-5266-4672-9

Pages: 372

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Plot Twist: Were you able to predict the end, or did the author give you some surprises along the way to keep you on your toes?

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