Resin is a book about a young girl. A book that shows how children are so easily influenced and how us adults can mould their world in a way that they believe whatever we want them to, because all we want to do is protect them. However, some people show their need to love and protect in different ways to others.
‘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.’
A harrowing introduction shows how something so sinister can appear so completely normal for a child, and the different perspectives of this world of theirs is captivating. We witness Liv’s point of view on life and discover why her father, Jens, is the way he is. He appears normal to the outside world, however he is anything but.
This tale is not all doom and gloom. There are snippets of happiness that shine through, with descriptions of a boy and girl falling in love, and dimensions of a mother’s fearsome love for her children. There are letters that we see from mother to daughter that add depth to a well thought out story. The warning signs and history hidden by a mother will help a young girl understand the background of her family.
Liv herself is a force to be reckoned with. A heroine. A girl that gives me chills with how streetwise and able she is for such a young age. The isolation and pain she has witnessed has made her who she is, and she is a girl that I just want to wrap up, and show her a different kind of love to what she knows.
Resin is a powerful medium that I urge you to read and experience. My heart was in my mouth, with the question hanging on my lips throughout; ‘will Jens cocoon come crumbling down around him?’. Ane writes in a way that helps makes this deeply disturbing read into something kind of beautiful.
Thank you to Alison at Transworld for a copy of this mind-opening read which I devoured in a day. Resin is available to buy from all good retailers now.