|My copy does not have the yellow graphic on it.|
According to the inside cover, it is David Anne's second novel and his first was a best-seller. The cover I got off the net here also suggests that The Folly was also a best-seller. I find it a bit hard to believe. This book is not terrible, but it's pretty bad, awkardly and obviously structured without any real suspense. It does have a few moments and ideas of horror that are okay, but otherwise it feels like the book equivalent of the TV movie of the week.
It takes place in the countryside and the events surrounding Sir Mark Hatrell's lands and the ancient tower called the Folly. People in the surrounding countryside are getting savagely attacked and eaten by some creatures. [spoiler here] It turns out that sir Mark, with a crazed scientist he hired, have turned the Folly into a secret lab and are experimenting with rabbits and myxomatosis. I guess that was a real virus that killed tons of rabbits in the english countryside. Their goal is to get rid of rabbits, which eat the crops, once and for all. To do this, they need to create a rabbit that is immune to the disease (yes, this makes no sense and doesn't in the book). They end up creating giant carnivorous rabbits. We get lots of semi-gruesome eatings of various people, an intrepid journalist who is having an affair with sir Mark's wife (and an even more convoluted backstory involving sir Mark's first wife, whom he stole from the journalist then turned into a junkie—I guess to give the journalist some more motivation but it really has little role in the book) and a small cast of other characters, including a police sergeant and a gamekeeper.
When the gamekeeper was first introduced early in the book (he is resistant to Sir Mark's aggressive plans to modernize his farms), I had high hopes that he might be the protagonist. Unfortunately, he ends up being a secondary character. Even worse, he makes a stupid blunder that is clearly put in place to create some action. He and the journalist hide out in a blind with a recently killed lamb to attract the rabbits. Their plan succeeds and they finally observe the rabbits in action, but when they go out to inspect the shredded carcass, the gamekeeper trips and shoots the journalist in the leg! This is an obvious device to get the rabbits to come back (they are attracted by the smell of blood) so we get an action scene. So retarded. What kind of gamekeeper would ever trip in a hole in a site they had carefully prepared and even worse would have their gun unbroken or the safety off so they would shoot a compatriot in the leg. This scene offended my sensibilities to the point that I almost stopped reading the book. If you can't write a thriller with everybody being efficient, just don't bother, okay.