Today I’m delighted to be a stop on the blog tour for The Wreckage by Robin Morgan-Bentley especially as today is publication day! Many thanks to Tracy Fenton for the blog tour invite and my review copy of the book.
What’s the book about?
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…
The Wreckage has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 and I’m glad to report that it didn’t disappoint! This creepy and compulsive psychological thriller slowly unravels with a tension so tightly strung that you just know that it is leading somewhere you aren’t expecting. And the twist when it comes is certainly unexpected!
The opening few pages are quite horrific as the aftermath of a horrendous car accident is detailed and it becomes obvious a fatality has occurred. We are then introduced to Alice who wakes up and gradually comes to realise that her husband Adam isn’t home. She finds a letter in his office and, after asking her neighbour to watch her 7 year old son Max, she rushes to search for her husband-a search that won’t end well…
It was the characterisation that kept this storyline afloat for me and kept me invested in the narrative. Ben, the driver of the car that kills Adam, is an interesting character-a nice, well mannered and good looking chap-but I was never quite sure about him or his intentions. The relationship he develops with Alice became one where I was never convinced of who was in control or where it would lead so I found it fascinating to watch them heading for the “car crash” collision that emerged from the liaison that they formed.
I thought the ending was inspired and it really did give me food for thought about what had come before and how our characters behaviour had lead to their fate. I don’t think I ever particularly liked Ben or Alice, I found them both to be very damaged individuals and instead of feeling sympathy towards them, I often felt frustrated by their tunnel vision and inability to see that the toxicity of the aftermath was clouding their character judgment. It was refreshing though to see a more detailed account told from a male point of view and the emotional fallout following such a life changing experience.
The Wreckage isn’t a fast paced adrenaline fuelled thriller but more of a sophisticated slow burner that delivers a disturbing and uneasy premonition of impending disaster. It’s gripping, involving and a very uncomfortable read at times and delivers a narrative that will probably divide readers sympathy’s.
The Wreckage by Robin Morgan-Bentley is published on February 6th 2020 by Trapeze Books.
Meet the author
After graduating with a First Class degree in Modern and Medieval Languages, Robin worked for five years at Google. Since 2014, he has worked at Audible, where he runs their podcast,Audible Sessions. He has interviewed multiple authors including Paula Hawkins, Fiona Barton, Clare Mackintosh, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Anthony Horowitz and Jeffery Deaver, and these conversations inspired him to start writing.