We’re all familiar with Internet rabbit holes. You go to Google with one question, and before you know it, you’re knee-deep in obscure Wikipedia pages or YouTube videos featuring people very excited to tell you their analysis of something that happened decades ago.
Kate Brody understands this phenomenon. Her debut novel, “Rabbit Hole,” tells the story of Teddy, a woman investigating the disappearance of her sister, Angie, 10 years prior; she’s spurred to take another look at the case after her father dies in an apparent suicide.
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Teddy learns that her father couldn’t let go of Angie’s case, and frequently haunted Reddit communities that discussed her disappearance. Teddy also falls into the same rabbit hole. She becomes grimly obsessed with conspiracy theories and meets Mickey, an old friend of her father’s. The novel makes it clear that Teddy has become detached from reality.
Brody talked about “Rabbit Hole” from her home in Los Angeles. This conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity and length.
Q: Where did you get the idea for this novel?