Friday 15 October 2021

#BlogTour The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen

It's a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen, translated by David Hackston.

 'From the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of The Man Who Died comes The Rabbit Factor, a madcap, high-octane existential thriller, currently being adapted for the screen starring Steve Carell'

About the Author

Antti Tuomainen was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author in 2013, the Finnish press crowned Tuomainen the ‘King of Helsinki Noir’ when Dark as My Heart was published. 

With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen was one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula, and his poignant, dark and hilarious The Man Who Died became an international bestseller, shortlisting for the Petrona and Last Laugh Awards. A TV adaptation is in the works, and Jussi Vatanen (Man In Room 301) has just been announced as a leading role. 

Palm Beach Finland  was an immense success, with Marcel Berlins (The Times) calling Tuomainen ‘the funniest writer in Europe’. His latest thriller, Little Siberia, was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger, the Amazon Publishing/Capital Crime Awards and the CrimeFest Last Laugh Award, and won the Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year. In total, Antti Tuomainen has been short- and longlisted for 12 UK awards. Follow @antti_tuomainen on Twitter, Visit

About the book

Award-winning author Antti Tuomainen launches his first series with The Rabbit Factor, an energetic black comedy, currently being adapted for the screen by Amazon/Mandeville Films with Steve Carell to star, and Antti executive producing.

What makes life perfect? Insurance mathematician Henri Koskinen knows the answer because he calculates everything down to the very last decimal. Until he is faced with the incalculable, after a series of unforeseeable events.

After suddenly losing his job, Henri inherits an adventure park from his brother – its peculiar employees and troubling financial problems included. The worst of the financial issues appear to originate from big loans taken from some dangerous men who are very keen to get their money back.

All improbable and complicated problems. But what Henri really can’t compute is love. In the adventure park, Henri crosses paths with Laura, a happy-go-lucky artist with a chequered past, whose erratic lifestyle bewilders him. As the criminals go to increasingly extreme lengths to collect their debts and as Henri’s relationship with Laura deepens, he finds himself faced with situations and emotions that simply cannot be pinned down on his spreadsheets...


Henri likes logic, order and common sense, but life isn't always like that. Life isn't always a mathematical equation you can solve. Nothing proves this more than when he inherits an adventure park, and all the responsibilities and debts that go with it. That includes some heavies who don't like the word no.

Tuomainen always manages to push boundaries and make his concepts seem speculative in nature when they in fact nothing of the sort. In fact he manages to capture human connections, thought processes and all the inexplicable moments between us. It's a bit like someone telling you to come into a large body of dark water, whilst telling you it's safe and shallow, then letting you step into a void of unknown depth.

I know I've said this before, but you really never know what you're going to get from this author. The premises are from one end of the spectrum to the other. What they have in common? Main characters who stay with you and plots you remember.

I can't wait to see the visual representation of this book, especially if the first part of the book is replicated accurately. Finally, my compliments to David Hackston - the translation is excellent.

Buy The Rabbit Factor at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher ‏: ‎Orenda; pub date 28 Oct. 2021. Buy at Amazon com.

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