Book Review – Kaninhjärta (Rabbit Heart) by Christin Ljungqvist

kaninhjartaKaninhjärta (Rabbit Heart) by Christin Ljungqvist

”Mary betyder Maria, som betyder, man vet inte riktigt, men det kan betyda upprorisk eller bitter eller motspänstig och det stämmer precis för sådan var Mary”.

(”Mary means Maria, which means, you don’t really know, but it might mean rebellious or resentful, or intractable, and that’s true because Mary was like that”)

Mary and Anne are identical twins and completely inseparable. But they’re different from others, they can contact and be contacted by the other side, by ghosts. Anne is able to see ghosts and Mary lend them her voice. Usually, the ghosts give them warnings about something that’s going to happen in the future, mostly to other but one ghost warns Anne that she and her sister has to tread lightly because one wrong decision might lead to something terrible happening. By chance, they become members of a group of mediums trying to find a missing girl. Mary gets obsessed by finding the girl while Anne tries to follow the ghost’s advice.

All I have to say is, finally, for the first time in my life, I’ve read a book that’s set in the Gothenburg area. It’s a very peculiar feeling reading a book in which I actually know exactly where the characters are. I haven’t experienced that before.  But as a whole, I really don’t know how I feel about this one. I like it, but I don’t love it, and I’d probably not read it again. What was interesting, though, was the mystery and the relationship between the sisters and how different they are from each other.

The story is told from the perspective of one of the sisters, Anne, the seemingly more rational, calm and caring one, who really goes out of her way to save her sister from herself. The sisters relationship is very complex and very true to real life in regards of how they act towards each other and people around them. It must be hard, being so young, trying to be normal, and have ghosts appear out of nowhere telling you all these things that are going to happen. The ghost element also made the story mysterious and sometimes very creepy.

However, I sometimes felt that it was a bit too much and the characters were a bit extreme. The language also made me feel really old. It’s hard to explain and I don’t know if you can relate, but, it’s like when you’re on a bus and you overhear a conversation between two fifteen-year-old girls, the way they talk and the words they use is very different from the way you speak yourself. They’re not very eloquent if you know what I mean? At the same time, it makes the story seem more real. The right age group would probably love it and find it very easy to read. All I kept thinking to myself was ‘kids these days’.

As a whole, I really enjoyed reading this book, but I didn’t love it. Yet, I’d like to read the rest of the series and see what happens.

I think those of you who enjoy mysteries and the supernatural would really enjoy this book. I haven’t read anything like it so I can’t compare it to anything.

Would you rather be able to see ghost like Anne or have them possess you to lend them your voice like Mary?

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