Reptile Memoirs (Paperback)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.
Late one night, Liv sees a TV nature show and finds herself compelled to buy a pet snake. As she bonds with her new Burmese python, she is unaware how much he takes in with his cold, impassive eyes.
Thirteen years later, 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 is assigned to the case of Iben's disappearance.
As he interrogates Mariam, he instantly suspects her - but his response to the situation seems unusually personal.
A biting and constantly shifting tale of family secrets, rebirth and the legacy of trauma, Reptile Memoirs asks the question: Can you ever really shed your skin?
Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 322 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm
'The narrative twists make your jaw drop...An astonishing debut.' - The Times, Books of the Year
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