Independently Published (2021)
Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Reader Views (01/2022)
“Resignation” by David Colin is a dark psychological drama about a slow descent by a human being—from hope and optimism to despair and disillusionment. It follows an idealistic college grad ready to launch himself into a career in human services. But he discovers there is much more to the job than he bargained for. He wrestles against politics, society, and the way things in life just are when it comes to morals and beliefs. But he finds solace in a mysterious mentor who offers the dreamer a respite of sorts.
If you like books about social issues and aren’t easily triggered, this tale is for you. I like the POV of the young case manager; I was instantly drawn into his world and his drama. The subject matter can be a little tough at times, but it’s well-paced and delivered with unique, gray overtones. When the main character is faced with difficulty, he tries his absolute best to deal with it, and readers will grow to care for him and what happens to him as the story moves forward. The caseworker has a conscience, goals, dreams, and desires. He wants the best and wants to help, so his unraveling is palpable and extremely heartfelt.
I like the original feel of the book, and the unflinching way the author manages the spectrum of emotions in the story. It’s a brief read, but I think that’s a good call, given the heavy, somber themes. Even if you haven’t worked in human services, you can still get a good idea of what the character is going through and the arc the author is taking. The message is valuable and the story is entertaining, even though it is on the bleaker side of fiction. There are some mature themes going on, but if you like angst and drama, you’ve come to the right place. David Colin doesn’t mind reaching into depressing corners and pulling out subjects that most people don’t want to see or think about.
As a former social worker, I found this book highly entertaining. If you like human stories that pull back the curtain to expose genuine issues and real emotion, “Resignation” is a definite “must-read.”