Book Review: Wreckage by Emily Bleeker

Wreckage (click on book or see below for description)
By Emily Bleeker
Releases 3/1/15
February Kindle First Read

Rating: 4 bones

Very excited to see some great choices (by my own personal preference of course) on this month’s Kindle First picks, after taking a few months off.  And it appears that Prime members can now take advantage of TWO choices – so maybe another one coming this month!  This one did not disappoint.

Very fast read with an interesting story line.  Like many other books, this one switches between past and present and two different narrators.  First is Lillian.  Mother of two, wife to Jerry, companion to her mother-in-law, Margaret, on a trip she won to the South Pacific, for what she hopes is a relaxing getaway.  Then there is Dave.  Public Relations man for the company sponsoring the giveaway trip, escaping a rocky part of his marriage to Beth, not happily along for the ride.

The story begins aboard a prop plane taking the group to their next destination in their two-week trip.  Along for the ride are Lillian, Dave, Margaret, Theresa (flight attendant), and Kent (pilot.)  The plane crashes in the middle of the ocean and after a grueling few days, the survivors find land and most of the story takes place on that island.

But just what took place on that island?  And why do they need to lie about it?  Who are they trying to protect? Many details are revealed when a nosy reporter scores an interview with Lillian and then Dave.  She has her own theory, only to be revealed later, and definitely her own personal interests/aspirations at heart.  So the story goes between the details revealed during the interview and the real story of “David & Lily.”

Reminiscent of Castaway, only with more people to make this story even more dramatic.   I couldn’t wait to find out what they were hiding and what really happened.  And what drove me the most crazy is – who was Paul?  I had my theories and seriously had to go back and make sure I didn’t miss something because his name was brought up a lot!  But it was eventually revealed and it was what I was hoping it wasn’t.  No spoilers and not sure if that even makes sense, I was just so invested, I found myself wanting certain things for the characters.  But the anticipation just added to my overall enjoyment of this book.

Can they keep up the charade/lie?  What would you do? You’ll have to wait and see! And if you are like me, it will have you contemplating what you would do and trying to understand their choices.  The ending definitely could have taken a few different turns and I had no idea which way it would go until the very end.  I’ll just say it was satisfying, but had me wondering what if?  (You could ask that either way – again just read it to find out!)

Pick up this book if you’re in the market for a quick read with lots of twists that will keep you very engaged!  Thank you Amazon Prime/Kindle First!

Book Description:

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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4 responses to “Book Review: Wreckage by Emily Bleeker

  1. I looked at this, and meant to go back and snap it up, but totally forgot. Which is annoying, as it sounds really great. I’ll keep an eye out for it (although it’ll be more expensive now though!) ,It’s a bit of a gamble, taking a punt on a new author and new book.

  2. This was my Kindle First pick this month, too! I haven’t begun reading it yet, but your review makes me want to start it ASAP. Glad to hear you enjoyed this, as I know sometimes the book they offer are sort of hit and miss.


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