RESURRECTION BAY reviews

Winner, NED KELLY AWARD Best Debut

Winner, DAVITT AWARD Best Novel

Winner, DAVITT AWARD Best Debut

Winner, DAVITT AWARD Readers' Choice

Shortlisted, UK Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger

Shortlisted, UK Crime Writers Association New Blood

Crime Book of the Year, iBOOKS AUSTRALIA


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. –– CWA Gold Dagger Award Judges' comments

Set in a beautifully evoked Australia ... Exemplary and humane and full of deeply felt anxiety. –– CWA New Blood Dagger Award judge's comments

This stunning debut deservedly won every prize for crime fiction in Australia last year. It is original and splendidly plotted with a harshness that nevertheless allows humour to intrude. –  THE TIMES BOOK OF THE MONTH

...both stunning and fairly clued – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, TOP TEN CRIME NOVELS OF THE YEAR

This is a terrific book and the writing is sharp, punchy, visceral and propulsive. The story grabs you by the throat from the opening pages and it never once slackens its hold. But what really brings Resurrection Bay to vivid life is the integrity and humanity of its characters. I love the world that Emma Viskic has created, in all its complexity and in all its truth. More please! – Christos Tsiolkas (THE SLAP, BARRACUDA)

Resurrection Bay is an Australian thriller at its finest. A captivating read from first page to last. In Caleb Zelic, Viskic has created a character with depth and heart who will linger long after the final page.  – Jane Harper (THE DRY)


Outstanding... a gripping and violent tale with a hero who is original and appealing. THE GUARDIAN, UK


...superbly characterised cast of characters lifts this well above most contemporary crime. FINANCIAL TIMES, UK TOP CRIME BOOKS OF THE YEAR

Fierce, fast-moving, violent and yet written with a delightful sprinkling of irony – DAILY MAIL, UK


It takes a dose of authorial courage to populate a crime novel with such an interesting mix of fragile, touchingly human characters, yet Viskic does brilliantly in striking the right balance... THRILLER BOOKS JOURNAL


...outstanding...fast-paced with gut-wrenching twists and an engaging protagonist. Viskic stands out as an author to watch. DAILY EXPRESS, UK


Viskic has written a rattling plot-driven thriller that  is not for the faint-hearted. It is, however, definitely one for those who appreciate a well-crafted sentence that never takes a predictable turn. There is much to admire here. THE AGE


Would I recommend this debut novel?  Oh-my-giddy-aunt, you bet your sweet arse I would!  Captivating, quirky and absolutely riveting – CRIME BOOK JUNKIE 


In addition to crisp prose that conjures up film-quality scenes, Viskic creates a hero who’s a true original and a good person ...  Resurrection Bay is a stellar read that will appeal to fans of Peter Temple’s Jack Irish series. – iBOOKS


Viskic’s novel is a fine example of modern noir, a dark tale of crime, betrayals, secrets and bad decisions. Caleb is a compelling protagonist, equal parts tenacious, observant, proud and stubborn, but never unsympathetic ... a compelling, highly recommended read. – BOOKS+PUBLISHING


Viskic’s novel is the reason why I love reviewing. ... This is a truly gripping debut which feels as though written by a seasoned writer. Mesmerising. – CRIMESQUAD


Pacy, violent but with a big, thundering heart... An outstanding debut – Eva Dolan (LONG WAY HOME)


Viskic's characterisation, dialogue and plotting are on par with some of the heavyweights of crime writing.
 – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD


Beautifully understated observations, and the sly, dry sense of humour dotted throughout Resurrection Bay are part of what make this debut novel a joy to read... This is an outstanding debut novel from an author you’d hope is busy on the next instalment right now. – THE NEWTOWN REVIEW OF BOOKS


...accomplished, original and utterly riveting – RAVEN CRIME READS


...a book that has characters of real depth and diversity, like Resurrection Bay, is quite simply a pleasure to read ... I was guiltily desperate to skip ahead just to make sure the people I loved were going to make it through okay. READINGS BOOKS


Resurrection Bay is a tour-de-force excursion into good, evil, and the labyrinth of human motivations. Emma Viskic has created a brilliant protagonist in the profoundly-deaf, and irrepressibly obstinate Caleb Zelic, and has produced one of the year’s best crime novels. – PAGES ANDPAGES BOOKSELLERS


Viskic’s character dialogue is a pleasure to read — sharp, dry and attitudinal in all the right places, while mercifully void of hyperbole.  BOOKLOVER REVIEWS


This is a highly enjoyable debut novel from Melbourne-based Viskic ... Caleb looks set for — and deserves — a series. Verdict: local hero. – THE HERALD SUN



This is pacey and intelligent storytelling and Viskic nails the 3 Ps of crime fiction - plot, place and people you believe in and care about. – P.M. NEWTON


It’s the characterisations that make this a great read, that and the snappy dialogue. – ADELAIDE ADVERTISER


 A compelling mystery with an even more compelling detective ... Fans of Australian crime writers such as Peter Temple and Jane Harper will want this. – LIBRARY JOURNAL, USA

It is exciting to be introduced to a detective, Caleb Zelic, who is almost completely deaf. He is also profoundly human, with frailties which many readers would recognise in themselves... The dialogue in the novel is exceptional and is especially effective when it includes a touch of humour, which helps to leaven the disasters, fears and threats that permeate the plot.  ARTS HUB

Crime, danger, love, heartbreak, betrayal, murder, hope, violence, and enough surprises to keep you wolfing down the words right to the very end. – NARELLE HARRIS


You will not forget this story, you will not forget this cast of characters. You will want to read the next in this series, I do. – READING WRITING RIESLING


RESURRECTION BAY is sad and funny and thrilling and very, very good. It's even got a kicker of an ending. You should read it. Now. – FAIR DINKUM CRIME


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