Mysterious circumstances surrounding the island and the interesting way of storytelling will keep you reading, even if you do not get invested in the characters.
Wreckage by Emily Bleeker
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.
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I got this book as a Kindle First from being a Prime member on Amazon! I love free books! Wreckage had a great synopsis so that had me one-clicking right away.
The story is of two survivors of a plane crash recounting their tale in alternate POV. Lillian and Dave spent two years on the isolated island. Lillian and her mother-in-law Margaret were on a trip to Fiji Margaret won when suddenly things start to go terribly wrong. The pilot, Kent, tells them he will have to make an emergency landing in the ocean. The stewardess, Theresa, tries to keep everyone calm as the next events take place. Dave is a representative from the company Margaret won the trip from. All the passengers are in for a horrible situation after the plane goes down.
This is the second book this year I’ve read about people being stranded on an island in the middle of the ocean. The first being One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid. (Book Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid) Although that book didn’t go into much detail at all about survival or every day life. The main focus of Wreckage is surrounding the events that happened on the island and the crash. That means it is way more in detail about the feelings that come along with being isolated from society and completely on your own for everything.
Wreckage starts out in the present day when the survivors of the crash are back at home in their normal lives, but everything is far from normal. They have been at home for some time and have done interviews with the press in the past, but now Lillian wants to do one more exclusive interview to get the press to stop hounding them. This interview is going to be done by a very in depth reporter who is known for intense interviews.
From the start we know that we’re dealing with at least one unreliable narrator, if not two. There is a mystery surrounding events that happened on the island. Everything is slowly revealed through flashbacks onto the island and also through the interview process.
I kind of wonder how you do research for this novel. Just other fictional works and imagination? Or, do you find someone who has actually experienced this to interview?
I found this book to be interesting almost like a reality show. I wanted to know what they were capable of on the island and how far they would go. I wanted to know the secrets they kept, sure, but what really interested me was the authors take on the survival on the island. It was interesting, but I also figured everything out almost immediately. I didn’t really feel connected to any of the characters or what happened to them. I’m glad I read it, but I’m sure I will soon forget it.