Parents' Guide to

Black Rabbit Summer

By Stephanie Dunnewind, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

British murder mystery is full of adult content.

Book Kevin Brooks Mystery 2008
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It's hard for readers to invest in this murder mystery since Pete, the depressed first-person narrator, doesn't. Pete is "happy enough doing nothing" and plans to study law in college because he can't think of other options. Even after his friends kill a girl and beat him up, he's pretty blasé about it.

Brooks' prose is surprisingly trite and badly in need of editing. Many passages in this nearly 500-page book are annoyingly repetitive -- to say nothing of the excessive use of one-sentence paragraphs (It was hot. [Break] I was sweating. [Break] My throat hurt.) Character motivation is vague at best. The whole talking rabbit thing seems tossed in for a little atmosphere. The plot hinges on a fake kidnapping attempt, but the only explanations as to why the celebrity bothers with all this trouble are also pretty vague. Raymond's situation is unresolved at the ending, which suggests either a sequel or laziness. "He's just gone." But nobody really cares.

Book Details

  • Author: Kevin Brooks
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Chicken House
  • Publication date: July 1, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 14
  • Number of pages: 488
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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