Thursday, 9 August 2018

Resin by Ane Riel

Resin by Ane Riel
First published in Danish as Harpiks in Denmark in 2015. English language translation by Charlotte Barslund published by Transworld today, the 9th August 2018.

R for my 2018 Alphabet Soup Challenge, one of my August Authorfest reads, a ReadingWomen selection, featured in WorldReads: Denmark and my Book Of The Month for August 2018

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Suspenseful and heart-breaking, Resin is the story of what can happen when you love someone too much – when your desire to keep them safe becomes the thing that could irrevocably harm them.

Liv died when she was just six years old. At least, that’s what the authorities think.

Her father knew he was the only one who could keep her safe in this world. So one evening he left the isolated house his little family called home, he pushed their boat out to sea and watched it ruin on the rocks. Then he walked the long way into town to report his only child missing.

But behind the boxes and the baskets crowding her Dad’s workshop, Liv was hiding. This way her Dad had said, she’d never have to go to school; this way, she’d never have to leave her parents.

This way, Liv would be safe.

I can't remember the last time a book actually left me almost gasping for air as I finished it. I hadn't realised that I'd been holding my breath the whole time I was reading it! Of course that's not completely true, but it is how I felt! Resin is mesmerising, engrossing, immersive and unlike anything else I think I have ever read. It's just incredible. (Am I gushing too much?)

Resin is almost impossible to review because I really don't want to give anything away to potential readers - and if you like an intense thriller, you Need this novel on your TBR. In fact, I'd say, skip the TBR stage and go straight to Purchase-and-Read! I loved the setting, the characters, the storyline and the sheer unexpectedness of pretty much every page. Resin is almost unreal, yet heart-breakingly real on every page and its translation is first class. Praise I feel is as much due to Charlotte Barslund as Ane Riel because, other than the Danishness of the whole book, I easily forgot I was reading in translation.

Resin is dark and shocking, yet it is also full of a warped love that is strangely heartwarming. I haven't felt as steamrollered by a book since The Dollmaker and I can't see how any other could beat Resin to be my Book Of The Month. I suspect it might also become my Book Of The Year. It's that good!

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  1. Oh wow, I hadn't heard of this one but it sounds SO good. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I do want to read more novels that have been translated into English. :)


    1. I thought it absolutely brilliant! Will shouting a lot about Resin :-)

  2. Wow, her dad sounds a little nuts.

  3. I've never heard of this book or author, I will have to add it to my list. I agree with Mary, the father sounds a little nuts.

    1. I do hope you get to read it! The father is nuts but kinda understandably so in the circumstances

  4. I'm sort of curious about this book but don't know enough about it yet to know if I really want to read it!

    1. I loved the depiction of descent into madness. For me this novel was practically horror!

  5. Wow gasping for air while reading is a new experience I want too. Great Review this will definitely be on my TBR.
    Tori @ In Tori Lex