The Night of Four Hundred Rabbits
An unexpected "gift" has arrived for Carol Farley this Christmas: an envelope bearing a newspaper clipping and no return address. There, blurred but unmistakable, is a photo of a man missing for years and feared dead—Carol's father. It is a siren calling her to a world she has never known, to a place of ancient majesty and blood-chilling terror. Now, surrounded by towering...more
I love Elizabeth Peters (and her alter-ego Barbara Michaels). I've adored her books for several decades, and have most of them in my bookshelves. I noticed that this one wasn't in my bookshelf, so I checked it out of the library. I'm sure I read it long ago. Now I know why it isn't in my collection.
Quite frankly, it sucked.
Reading Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels is my literary equivilent of snack food. I read her books to laugh, to get the heebie-jeebies, to take myself aw ...more
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I love Elizabeth Peters but had, prior to this book, only read from the Amelia Peabody series. The characters in this book are quite different but just as enjoyable.
Well, I do, actually. It was weird as hell, especially for esteemed mystery madame Elizabeth Peters. Light spoilers ahead, so be warned.
A quick primer: Elizabeth Peters is the pen name of Barbara Mertz (a.k.a. Barbara Michaels as well), and she's well known for writing clever, adventuresome thrillers and mysteries with romantic and often gothic twists. Her heroines are realistic (exception: Vicky Bliss), her heroes are lovably Byronic, and her ...more
Book summary in one sentence: Hey, kids, don't do drugs.
Longer summary: college student Carol loads up her mysterious past and deadbeat druggie boyfriend and goes down to Mexico to find her long-lost father. She meets up with him and quickly becomes perplexed and afraid of the mysterious behaviour of the people around her. Throughout, Carol fights constantly to pull her boyfriend away from the diabolical lure of drugs; the conclusion is obvious from the first dire foreshadowing ...more
I just reread this book and I wasn't as vehemently opposed to the drug descriptions in it as I was 4 years ago. I was more into the story and it held together except once in a while it got very dated. But, I have upgraded it from a 2-star to a 3-star. Interesting characters well developed plot and good dialogue.
the title implies humor, but there is absolutely none. material is a bit dated [1970s], but illegal drug trade is still an issue. quite suspenseful. carol has to deal with family secrets and pain, also pain in other relationships. but she handles everything very wisely for a young college woman.