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.
This book practically came out of nowhere and without expecting it, it instantly became a favorite of mine. I remember reading reviews months ago that said that the book wasn’t what they expected, but I still thought this would be reminiscent of stories like The Marsh King’s Daughter where a girl is held captive by her evil family… Well, this book wasn’t like that, at all. It was much more tragic and intimate that I thought it would be.
I don’t want to give anything away, but Resin was such a special story and one that I would recommend to anyone who wants to read something quite different from your typical “dysfunctional family book”. Resin was like a dark fairytale and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for all the characters in the novel. Even when you know they’re not doing the right thing. Even when they commit unspeakable acts of cruelty.
The novel structure was not easy to follow at first (diary entries, present time narration, flashbacks of family members, Liv’s flashbacks, different points of view…), but somehow I didn’t mind because the writing was so easy to follow and so beautiful at the same time. I became immediately captivated by this dark and sad, and emotional tale about family, isolation, love, and broken childhood.
And I know I won’t ever forget about Liv easily. She’s a character that stays with you. Her voice is striking and she’s simply precious.