My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The Resurrectionist is the story of Sweeny, a father who desperately wants to find a way to re-awaken his comatose son, Danny. To that end, he arrives at the “Peck,” a private clinic renown for its care of patients in a coma.
Interwoven into Sweeny’s journey is the comic book story of Limbo, the journey of a troupe of “freaks” in search of a place in the world.
This book is strangely fascinating in a Kafkaesque way, and although I found it plodding at times, I was prodded into finishing it. The emotions are intense, but, except for Sweeny’s, the characters’ affects are flat and puzzling. The reasons for their behaviours are most of the time a mystery and there are many loose ends left at the end of the book.
Although overall I found the book well written, the story is so alien and bizarre, the characters so strange, and the ending so unsatisfying that I would not read another of O’Connell’s books.
Note: The mention of comic book characters may make you think that this is a young adult novel. It is not. There are passages of explicit sex that gives this book an adult rating.
Here is the book blurb from Goodreads:
The Resurrectionist is a wild ride into a territory where nothing is as it appears. Part classic noir thriller, part fabulist fable, it is the story of Sweeney and his comatose son, Danny. Hoping for a miracle, Sweeney has brought Danny to the fortresslike Peck Clinic, whose doctors claim to have “resurrected” patients who were similarly lost in the void. but the real cure for his son’s condition may lie in Limbo, a comic book world beloved by Danny before he slipped into a coma.