Reptile Memoirs (Hardback)Silje Ulstein (author)
Delightfully dark and meticulously plotted, Ulstein's sinister thriller explores disturbing family dynamics and the cold-bloodedness of humanity when an eleven-year-old girl goes missing.
Liv has a lot of secrets. Late one night, in the aftermath of a party in the apartment she shares with two friends in Alesund, she sees a python on a TV nature show and becomes obsessed with the idea of buying a snake as a pet. Soon Nero, a baby Burmese python, becomes the apartment's fourth roommate. As Liv bonds with Nero, she is struck by a desire that surprises her with its intensity. Finally she is safe.
Thirteen years later, in the nearby town of Kristiansund, Mariam Lind goes on a shopping trip with her eleven-year-old daughter, Iben. Following an argument Mariam storms off, expecting her young daughter to make her own way home... but she never does. Detective Roe Olsvik, new to the Kristiansund police department, is assigned to the case of Iben's disappearance. As he interrogates Mariam, he instantly suspects her - but there is much more to this case and these characters than their outer appearances would suggest.
A biting and constantly shifting tale of family secrets, rebirth and the legacy of trauma, Reptile Memoirs is a brilliant exploration of the cold-bloodedness of humanity.
Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 619 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 28 mm
The narrative twists make your jaw drop...An astonishing debut. - The Times - Books of the Year
This astonishing debut gradually tightens its grip and leaves you gasping...Silje Ulstein is a daringly original writer. - The Times
A remarkable literary debut offering a twist on the Nordic police procedural - Financial Times, Best books for summer
Original, sharp, tender and chilling, Reptile Memoirs is hugely ambitious and hypnotically readable. - Chris Whitaker, author of WE BEGIN AT THE END
A beautifully dark and twisty story with jaw-dropping twists and pin-point plotting. - Joanna Cannon, author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP
Neither Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), nor Paula Hawkins (Girl on the Train), nor Alex Michaelides (The Silent Patient) - to name some well-known examples from the last decade - can measure up to Ulstein . . . This debut is a great discovery . . . A thriller that really stands out. - Aftenposten
Ulstein has written the best and creepiest Norwegian crime debut in years . . . A novel that stands out due to both its dark, clever and intricate plot as well as the author's solid insight in the human mind. - Adresseavisen
A nerve-wrecking and highly original psychological thriller . . . The book is very hard to put down and if you do the plot will keep playing out in your mind. - Dagbladet
This book is a shapeshifting marvel. I found it compulsively readable, and not just for the unexpected paths by which it unpacks its secrets. Silje Ulstein writes about snakes in ways that made me feel I've never really seen them before: In language that is as seductive as it is prickly, she pries open the boundaries between reptiles and humans, adults and the children they once were, and criminals and victims. An uncanny, unsettling and totally immersive read. - Emily Fridlund, Booker Prize-shortlisted author of HISTORY OF WOLVES
Reptile Memoirs is a magnetic ocean tide: a bold, heart-stopping and genre-defying debut which compels us to sink toward the darkest depths of our past. A masterfully shocking and at times wonderfully uncomfortable exploration of obsession, desire and rejection, sexuality and taboo, Ulstein leaves us breathless in her quest to examine which version of the self is capable of love and violence. - Sarah Schmidt, author of SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE
Extraordinary and terrifying, Reptile Memoirs sinks teeth into you from page one. Through relentless and, at times, almost unbearable tension, Ulstein delivers a menacingly layered thriller unlike any you've read before. - P. J. Vernon, author of BATH HAUS
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