Clever, funny and totally deserving of the plaudits engulfing this antipodean début. Vividly persuasive characters along with fast-paced, gut-wrenching twists leave the reader craving for the next instalment.
The Living Sea of Waking Dreams
"At the heart of this latest novel from Booker winner Richard Flanagan there is a powerful tale of a family trying to decide whether to prolong the life of a dying relative, but some of the more fantastical elements seem out of kilter..."
— The Scotsman
3.57 out of 5
This outstanding debut from Australian author Viskic is fast-paced with gut-wrenching twists and an engaging protagonist. In a vintage year for Australian crime fiction... Viskic stands out as an author to watch
Caleb Zelic, private investigator and narrator of Australian writer Emma Viskic’s outstanding debut Resurrection Bay (Pushkin Vertigo, £12.99), is cut off from the world by a profound deafness that has made him not only a vigilant observer of nonverbal clues, but also a human bulwark against emotional closeness. When he goes to an old friend’s home and discovers that the man has been brutally murdered, he must – with the aid of his partner, former police officer Frankie, and a final text message from the dead man – prove his own innocence by finding the killer. Set in Melbourne and the eponymous coastal town where Caleb grew up, this is a gripping and violent tale with a hero who is original and appealing.
...it’s this portrait of a man battling to cope with (and disguise) his disability in an all-hearing world that really gives this debut novel its edge... Viskic works hard at creating a portrait of the world through Caleb’s eyes... Prepare yourself for an intricate plot with more tentacles than an octopus... There’s a bumper bundle of characters to keep things moving along nicely although there are times when you’ll need to pause for a second or two to remind yourself of who’s who. There could also be a greater contrast between the small town of Resurrection Bay and the big city vibe of Melbourne. These quibbles aside, this is a most enjoyable read, and Caleb Zelic is a great character. Viskic handles the portrayal of his deafness perfectly, highlighting the problems he faces in actually understanding the people he interacts with and also shining a light on the casual discrimination and abuse thoughtlessly meted out to disabled people.