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Friday, July 18, 2014

White Rabbit by K.A. Laity

White Rabbit    

Book Description: 
Sometimes the shadows that haunt us are what lead us back to the light.

Disgraced former police detective James Draygo has sunk as low as his habit allows, working as a fake psychic despite his very real talents. When a media mogul’s trashy trophy wife gets gunned down at his tapping table he has to decide whether he can straighten up long enough to save his own skin. He may not have a choice with Essex’s loudest ghost bawling in his ear about cults, conspiracies and cut-rate drugs. Oblivion sounds better all the time…
What I liked:
  • a genuine psychic trying to deny his gift and pretending to be a fake psychic
  • Peaches - great character; great ghost
  • lots of allusions, and not only to Alice in Wonderland
  • My favorites:  "We don't want to get the details wrong.  So much depends on a red wheel barrow." and "This one came from the Fox Sisters--not those Fox Sisters, but the ones who ran the skulk in the midlands."  (The Fox Sisters were notorious American psychic fakes.)
  • Jinx - would have liked to know more about him
  • the cover
What bothered me (a lot actually):
  • a neat premise turned weird with the villain and his nefarious plans (just didn't work for me, not even with Draygo suffering the ghostly screams)
  • awkward pacing;  Draygo and the ghosts were good, but the repetition of many events in his personal life just seemed included for the purpose of taking up space;  repetition, i.e. -- caught, beaten up, released--repeat.  Didn't seem that a villain as evil as this one would release Draygo again and again.  I'm mean, given what he was doing at The Warren, would he even ponder letting Draygo live?
  • too much fairy dust
  • "between her and I"  - damn, I'm seeing this kind of thing too often.  Would you say, "Between I"?  If this is a problem too difficult for most to sort out, just say "between us," --it's shorter, more efficient, and even sounds better.
NetGalley/Fox Spirit Books

Mystery/Supernatural.  2014.  Print length:  171 pages.


  1. It sounds like this book has a lot going for it--and a lot going against it. That's too bad.

  2. Wendy - The premise held a lot of promise, but the execution didn't work that well for me. I'll be interested to see what others think about it!

  3. Hmm... The main character sounds interesting to the story but I can't say for the story.

    "Between us" definitely sounds better. "Between her and I" sounds awkward to me, not to mention it's longer too. ;p