WRECKAGE by Emily BleekerWreckage by Emily Bleeker
Published by Lake Union Publishing on March 1st, 2015
Pages: 304
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Thrillers
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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.

Reading time 2 mins

I devoured this book in one day. I seriously could not put it down. Now that I am finished reading Wreckage, all I can say is, wow! I am shocked at the ending, but overjoyed after all the loss and struggle these people went though.

Excuse me while I try to review this book without giving away the twist or the shock at the end.

Wreckage is about a plane crash and the survivors coming home. Lillian is escorting her mother-in-law on a trip she won to Fiji. The second week of the trip takes them by private plane to a private island. Escorting them is the PR rep, David, from the company that threw the contest, a flight attendant, and the pilot. Something goes wrong and the place crashed leaving the survivors stranded in a raft. Eventually, they end up stranded on an island for 20 months. Some of the characters die off right away. The story starts with Lillian giving an exclusive interview with the promise that the other survivor will also do an exclusive. The book flips back and forth between the lies they agreed on, the interview itself, and the truth about what really happened.

David and Lillian were complete strangers when they boarded the plane. Their story of survival and then in keeping their secrets create a bond that few people can really understand. We don’t know what Lillian and David are hiding as they start in the retelling of their ordeal, only that it could cost them everything. The actual story is told at the same time as Lillian and David remember what actually happened. The memories leave nothing out, the interview glazes over their rehearsed story. The struggle to survive was real: the hunger, hygiene issues, and battle for body heat. The loss of life from this tribulation is just heartbreaking, and vindicating. The introduction of Paul and his part in this story is just incredible. I cried as I read certain parts, but the ending left me with a smile on my face.

I think this book was very well written. The pacing is just right, even with the flipping between past and present tense. The characters are very well developed. We get to know Lillian and David intimately. The best part of this book was the mystery of Paul. Paul’s revelation and the bittersweet ending to the story left me completely sated and wanting to tell someone to go out and read this book so we can talk about it.

My Rating

About the Author

Emily Bleeker lives in suburban Chicago with her husband and four kids. Between writing and being a mom, she attempts to learn guitar, sings along to the radio (loudly), and embraces her newfound addiction to running.

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