Thursday, March 12, 2015

Review: Wreckage by Emily Bleeker

Title: Wreckage
Author: Emily Bleeker
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Published: March 1, 2015
Source:  Amazon Kindle First
Purchase: Amazon  |  B&N

From Goodreads:

Lillian Linden is a liar. On the surface, she looks like a brave survivor of a plane crash. But she’s been lying to her family, her friends, and the whole world since rescue helicopters scooped her and her fellow survivor, Dave Hall, off a deserted island in the South Pacific. Missing for almost two years, the castaways are thrust into the spotlight after their rescue, becoming media darlings overnight. But they can’t tell the real story—so they lie.

The public is fascinated by the castaways’ saga, but Lillian and Dave must return to their lives and their spouses. Genevieve Randall—a hard-nosed journalist and host of a news program—isn’t buying it. She suspects Lillian’s and Dave’s explanations about the other crash survivors aren’t true. And now, Genevieve’s determined to get the real story, no matter how many lives it destroys.

In this intriguing tale of survival, secrets, and redemption, two everyday people thrown together by tragedy must finally face the truth…even if it tears them apart.


“We’ll come up with a story, a good story, and we’ll tell that instead.”

Liar, Liar, pants on fire. Lillian Linden and Dave Hall are the sole survivors of a much publicized plane crash, but the truth of their brave and harrowing tale has been laced with fabrication.  Now Genevieve Randall, a ruthless and determined journalist, is in pursuit of the truth; and she will stop at nothing to reveal the reality of what happened on that deserted island. 

For me this story was Cast Away meets The Blue Lagoon with a smidge of Gone Girl thrown in for good measure… and I really liked it.  We alternate from present day as our characters are being interviewed by Ms. Randall to flashbacks of the crash and the time Lillian and Dave spent on the island.  The journalist is digging for a truth that neither survivor is willing to divulge.

I admit going into this I envisioned much more heinous reasons for the lies they told. I’m not sure what that says about me, hopefully just the fact that my mind runs amok when presented with a mystery.  The actual crash was terrifying to me, and I thought it was done very well.  I truly felt stranded on the island, which was also horrifying; but I very much enjoyed reading about the time spent there and the friendship that developed between the two MCs.  I would have liked for the characters to have been fleshed out a bit more, but ultimately I feel the focus was placed where it should have been. I believe readers will be divided on the ending; and personally, I can’t help but wish it had gone differently.  I actually feel bad for saying that considering what the outcome was, but I would have preferred the characters made different choices. I can’t go into more detail without revealing too much, but there was a particular twist that I just wasn't buying. Decidedly, that did not factor into how I felt about the rest of the story, which was a wonderful departure for me.  I’m impressed with Ms. Bleeker’s debut novel, and I look forward to reading the author’s future work. 

“Sometimes you have to lie. Sometimes it’s the only way to protect the ones you love.”
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  1. Oh you have me so curious about this one! What are they lying about? Why are they lying? What is going on? I also love the whole flashing between the interview and the past, I read something with that kind of style once before and loved how it worked. Awesome review!

  2. Hmm... sounds interesting and I am curious about the lies even though you weren't completely satisfied with them. I haven't seen thsi one before and I am want to know more.

  3. I love when you can really imagine the story you are reading. Sounds like you did when lost in this one! I want to know what's going on in the story and why the characters' would lie. I'm intrigued!

    Wonderful review!

  4. This sounds like a really interesting tale! and the only reason you imagined worse reasons is because you have an excellent imagination!!

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  5. I haven't heard of this one- but have now added it to my list. It sounds really good and I am curious about the lies and the decisions. Thanks for sharing and for not giving anything away. ;)

  6. I love the quote at the bottom of your awesome review - I haven't heard of this before but it does sound quite intriguing - thank you for putting it under my radar. Lovely review <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections


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