Wreckage – 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.

The book cover was the first thing that caught my eye and drew me in. I came across this book as a recommendation via my kindle library and purchased immediately, this was my first introduction to Bleeker. On reading the book synopsis I wanted to know exactly why Lillian Linden was a liar and what really did happen on the island so with excited anticipation I swiped the screen began at the beginning and discovered the truth behind the Wreckage.

I was enraptured for two days the story of Lillian Linden consumed me, it danced across my mind at every available opportunity and had me questioning what she was lying about and why. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style, finding Bleeker’s story intriguing engaging and satisfying, I was hungry for the truth as much as the rest of the world but at what price was Linden prepared to break and how many chapters could I have read in one sitting before I discovered what it was?

The chapters were narrated by both Linden and Hall in turn allowing us, as the reader, to be privy to both versions, fleeting between the past and the present, filling in the back story while the present was being told simultaneously with the lives that were being lived. We witnessed how each character handled their harrowing ordeal, how they dealt with the lies they wove and the truth hidden from their families back in the new everyday reality.

It is evident that there is a powerful bond between Linden and Hall, after all, they lived through a catastrophe together, stranded on an island not knowing if they would be saved, losing everyone they loved, missing civilisation and conditioning themselves to adapt to basic surroundings and way of living to survive.

Their lives changed, the lived differently and survived against the odds. How far would you go to save those you love?

Bleeker beautifully caught the emotion of being unexpectedly rescued, portraying how a pipeline dream that was never more than just that became the reality for Linden and Hall. Bleeker expressed the emotion behind how being away from the rest of the world encased in their unrealistic bubble of their own existence to receiving the sharp shock of being thrust back into society and re-introduced to the family they thought they would never see again and had detacthed from for their own protection.

Life away from the simplicities of the island is hard for both of the main characters, relationships frayed and secrets kept. The truth hidden in a dark recess only to resurface when all the layers are peeled back. Will the truth cause more harm than good. Should the truth be told. Secrets always have a way of revealing themselves….eventually.

I believe the characters to be strong, the sub characters play an important part too and Bleeker ensures we feel the importance of the reuniting with lost family but keeping with the underlying emotion of the bond between the survivors. Even though we knew the story before opening that first page, we never knew the ending, we didn’t understand the emotional ties or the unconditional love throughout the story until we began that first sentence. This, for me, was edge of the seat reading and a thrilling page turner, I was hungry for information, I wanted to know it all. I needed to know the truth.

Yes, as in many novels we have read, we question situations and scenarios within the story, we ask ourselves what is happening and continue to ead to clear the fog of not understanding at the time but with the patience of reading further more all the answers are revealed and slowly the story weaves together to draw its final conclusion, in the present day, at the end.

Bleeker’s debut novel, for me, was revolutionary and unique, an ‘off the wall’ story that evoked emotion, empathy and a desire to understand the ultimate truth. I highly recommend it. It was a brilliant story to escape into and for me that is exactly what reading is for.



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