Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Wreckage by Robin Morgan-Bentley
One of The Times ‘Best New Crime Fiction’ picks
‘A thrilling, creepy climax and a double-whammy twist. A more than promising debut.’ – THE TIMES
‘A twist I never saw coming, and a male main character with insecurity and vulnerability – I’ve never met anyone like him in a thriller before.’ – Rosamund Lupton
‘Creepy and compelling’ – PETER JAMES
Things will never be the same again…
Ben is driving on the motorway, on his usual commute to the school where he works.
A day like any other, except for Adam, who in a last despairing act jumps in front of Ben’s car, and in killing himself, turns the teacher’s world upside down.
Wracked with guilt and desperate to clear his conscience, Ben develops a friendship with Alice, Adam’s widow, and her 7-year-old son Max.
But as he tries to escape the trauma of the wreckage, could Ben go too far in trying to make amends?
Gripping and sinister, The Wreckage is guaranteed to keep you up all night…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Ben is on his way to work one morning when a man runs out in front of his car. Ben isn’t a fast driver but I am talking motorway here. Ben is devastated but gets a glimmer of hope when he hears that the man, Adam, is in hospital.
Ben has to see for himself but he learns from Adam’s wife that it doesn’t look good for a recovery. Alice and Adam form a friendship and he begins to slowly get to know Adam and Alice’s seven-year-old son Max. When Adam’s life support is turned off Ben makes a decision that will alter all of their lives.
Now from the get-go, there is something just not normal about the whole set up, especially when I got into their minds. The story tackles so many issues. Suicide, bi-polar, bereavement, abuse and obsession. So many of these are products of each other in the story. It is a slow build throughout the book but I still had to read as my feelings for the characters become distorted and reformed. The last quarter of the book changed everything.
What I really liked about the story was it is set in an affluent area, the best school, a beautiful home and no money worries. Mental illness can hit anyone, it doesn’t pick the poor, anyone can be affected and abuse isn’t contained between council housing walls. It is easy to step back and see how a friendship could develop between Alice and Ben, neither of them had friends.
There are some quite dark issues in the story, disturbing, shocking and very shudder worthy, and the end ……………………………
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in London in 1987, Robin Morgan-Bentley has been making up stories since he was very little. After graduating from Cambridge University with a First Class degree in Modern and Medieval Languages, he worked at Google in London, Madrid and New York.
Since 2014, he has worked with authors and actors at Audible. For the Audible Sessions podcast, he has interviewed many thriller writers, and it was his conversations with them that inspired him to start writing his stories down. Robin lives in north London with his husband, Pauly.
Robin’s debut psychological thriller, The Wreckage, will be released on February 6th 2020.