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Daniil & Vanya

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Emma and Gregory are elated when given the opportunity to adopt a pair of twin boys from Russia. It’s a dream come true. But from the moment they board the plane home, the twins begin to demonstrate behaviour that grows increasingly ominous, driving a wedge between Emma and Gregory, and alienating their friends and family.

The brothers show a worrying lack of empathy, and s
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Paperback, 214 pages
Published 2020 by Invisible Publishing (first published February 2nd 2017)
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Lauren
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a familiar story in the North American psyche, a culture of people who are perhaps too eager to adopt, snatching up the first child that becomes available, putting full trust in their adoption agency with reckless blindness towards the traumatic and toxic conditions of those unregulated orphanages: a bright-eyed couple adopts a child from Russia only to find that they suffer from reactive attachment disorder (read: a childhood-trauma-induced lack of empathy that exhibits similarly to sociop ...more
Mandy
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma and Gregory, an affluent middle-class couple, decide to adopt after Emma’s own pregnancy ends in tragedy. Through an international adoption agency they are offered twin boys from Russia and set off in some trepidation, but also in hope for a happy family future together, to collect the babies. But this is no happy-ever-after fairy tale adoption. Right from the outset it is obvious something is not quite right about the boys and a sense of dread and horror builds as the narrative progresses. ...more
Audrey Martel
Un roman efficace, qui se lit d'une traite. La tension dramatique aurait pu être plus appuyée, puisque l'histoire le permettait mais il s'agit somme toute d'un livre bien fait et qui mérite d'être lu. ...more
Karine Mon coin lecture
3,5
Beaucoup aimé l'atmosphère et l'écriture. Toutefois, j'aurais aimé en savoir un peu plus...
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Ryan
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, canada, ebook
Daniil and Vanya was fine. In what seems to be a common trope (Orphan, the Omen, the bad book I read a few years ago, the real life Orphan Natalia Barnett), Toronto couple Emma and Gregory decide to adopt twins from a Russian orphanage and pretty much from the moment they leave the orphanage, the twins bring increasingly more troubling and disturbing situations to the family, leading to a strain in the marriage and a growing sense of paranoia in Emma. When I say disturbing, I really mean it: som ...more
Frederic Kerr
Oct 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
À l'école secondaire à Calgary pendant les années '70s, on nous a fait lire des contes pleins de cruauté, comme "The Lottery", "Thus I refute Beelzy" et "The Scarlet Ibis". Ce premier roman dégoutant me rappelle ces histoires affreuses.

Selon sa biographie à Quebec-amerique.com, "Marie-Hélène Larochelle est professeure de littérature à l’Université York, à Toronto. Ses recherches portent sur la violence dans la littérature contemporaine."

J'aurais dû me renseigner avant de lire son livre. La vio
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Myza
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publisher for this advanced reading copy. This book has a very interesting premise. French Canadians Emma and Gregory go to Russia to adopt twin baby boys from an orphanage and take them back to Toronto to live. From the moment this book started I knew that it would pack a punch as it was a short novel that was about a very sensitive subject (international adoption).

I read this book in a day as I was compelled to keep going to find out what was going to happening next in these
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Diana
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. That was an extremely disturbing read. I feel like it would be wrong to say that I enjoyed it. Is there a word for when you devour a book but it’s not pleasurable? It was unsettling but hard to put down.

I do think some things were likely lost in translation given there were a few confusing sentences and typos so it probably would be better in the original French edition.

I’m also biased to enjoy a book in which I recognize locations and it was neat to know exactly what cafe/bookstore the p
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Jon Spencer
Disturbing story. Plays upon the trope of the damaged Russian adoptee, but accurately frames the story in the aftermath of a failed pregnancy and the urge to "start a family". You kind of know where this is going from the get-go, and in some ways the story skips ahead after dragging through the infant years. It is told chronologically, and the scenes play out like you are in a psychology lab looking through a one-way glass. Adoptive parents will recognize themselves at various moments. The end i ...more
Brianna
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Wow - this book had some serious potential, but it felt squandered by a clunky translation and an overall sense that the author was trying to rush to "shock" points. Not for me.

Thank you to NetGalley and Invisible Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Tracy
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
Martine Latendresse Charron
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Dans ce premier roman de Marie-Hélène Larochelle, Danill et Vanya, j’ai été surprise de la façon dont je me suis vue devenir complètement fascinée par cette histoire qui semblait toute simple au départ. Sans toutefois être un thriller psychologique, ce roman nous entraîne tout de même dans une quête qui côtoie meurtre, mensonge, agression sexuelle et identité.

La prémisse semble fort simple : un couple très amoureux, Emma et Gregory, perdent leur enfant et
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Miss
«Daniil et Vanya c'est l'un de ces romans auquel tu penses toute la journée, qui te fait regarder l'heure un nombre incalculable de fois parce que tu as hâte d'en avoir fini avec tes obligations afin de t'y replonger. C'est ce genre de roman que tu ne peux t'empêcher d'en raconter chaque scène à ce collègue (un non lecteur) au fur et à mesure de ta lecture parce que tu ne comprends pas que Lui, ne lira jamais ce roman.»

Chronique : http://bookivores.over-blog.com/2017/...
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Ariane Brosseau
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un couple bourgeois de Toronto passe par un processus difficile pour adopter un enfant après avoir vécu un deuil. Finalement, tout déboule: des jumeaux d’un an sont disponibles pour eux en Russie, il suffit de compléter les papiers et d’aller les chercher très rapidement. Une fois à la maison, le couple ne peut que remarquer que les jumeaux sont étranges, taciturnes, et ne s’attachent pas à eux. Et, au fil des années, ça devient pire. Bien pire.

C’est quand même rare que je tombe sur des romans q
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Marianne
Lu en moins de 24h. Bonne histoire, dur de fermer le livre sans vouloir connaître la fin, mais si selon moi un dénouement plus élaboré aurait été bienvenu. A book you can finish in a day.
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