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Wrecker [Kindle Edition]

Dave Conifer
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jane thought a loveless marriage was as bad as it could get.

Steve thought life was perfect with a hired man to do his chores.

They were both wrong.

Jane Havelock is coping a day at a time in a bad marriage when her husband Steve hires handyman Rob Manteo for a never-ending series of odd jobs around the house. At first Jane is repulsed by Manteo, a huge, muscular man with primitive communication skills. But revulsion reluctantly gives way to curiosity and even fascination as loneliness drives her into a precarious friendship with Manteo. He’s morose and mysterious, but there’s definitely more to him than meets the eye.

As her marriage and her husband’s career crumble around her, Jane digs into Manteo’s past and uncovers a horrible secret. She knows now that it was more than chance that brought Manteo into their world, but it may be too late.

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  • File Size: 675 KB
  • Print Length: 538 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IEA8GK
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149 of 154 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Tale and Page Turner January 3, 2012
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Dave Conifer does a good job of getting you into the head of the main character, and you really start to feel for her and the situation she is in with what appears to be a bad marriage to a selfish husband who only thinks of himself vs. being a good husband, father, friend, and supervisor of a department. Without having a spoiler, he does a good job of weaving the pieces together, but there are a few areas you'll question from a believability factor. Overall, this is a good tale and is a page turner (or a Kindle clicker) and I enjoyed it, and I am looking to reading more from this author.
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83 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best thrillers I've read in a long while. January 11, 2011
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In two breathless sittings, I raced through Dave Conifer's "Wrecker." I haven't burned through a book that quickly in quite some time, but Conifer's latest novel is a very gripping read from the get-go.

Steve Havelock thinks it's his lucky day when he finds a handyman willing to work for bottom dollar. His wife, Jane, is none too happy though, because there's something decidedly off about Rob Manteo. But despite Jane's misgivings, Steve hires Manteo anyway. After all, a bargain is a bargain! Never mind that they have a 4-year-old daughter in the house...

And that's the setup for this fast-paced thriller, which twists, turns, and goes around the bend many times over.

Dave Conifer is at the top of his game here, with his latest effort ranking right alongside the best of Joseph Finder, Harlan Coben, and indie standout Eric Christopherson. Featuring rich, detailed, layered characters that will keep you guessing and a plot that never hits the pause button, "Wrecker" kept me hooked all the way through. It almost "wrecked" my sleep schedule because I didn't want to put it down and go to bed. A highly absorbing read.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip to about 70% in August 7, 2011
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For the first 60-70% nothing happens except we learn that Steve is an @ss, Jane is a willing victim who can't even stand up for her own daughter (not to mention for being a nurse she seems to know squat about anything healthcare related) and Manteo obviously has problems. I had most of this story figured about at around 14% in. Once they tossed in the final name I had the whole thing pegged. The entire book was just unbelievable with a cast of characters you couldn't like.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book! January 12, 2011
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This was a great book and it surpassed any expectations I may have had for it. It is written from the different perspectives of a few of the characters, which I thought was great. When it would switch from one person to the next I would yell, "Oh come on! I want to know what happens with this person!" Of course, I had to continue reading to get there and then would yell the same thing once the next change occurred.

Overall, I thought it was a great and original story. I highly recommend this book!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Engaging! 3.5 stars April 8, 2011
I enjoyed this book. There were some neat connections that tied the story together and made for an exciting plot. These connections result in a satisfying, if a little unrealistic, ending. The final twist is definitely unexpected, and I'm not sure how I felt about it. I found it interesting, and it just added that much more to the ending, but the way it was written made it seem a little outlandish. I think it would have gone over better had the reveal been a little more subtle.

I really liked the character of Jane. I found her believable and interesting, and the most developed character in the book. I found Steve a little more cliche. His reactions seemed more over-the-top than the story called for, and he was almost a caricature of a busy, disinterested husband. Rob's character had a lot of potential, but he confused me at times. I realize he may not have been "all there" mentally, but I never quite got the whole "I'm doing it for her" train of thought. It seemed such a big part of his motivation, but I felt that particular thread didn't have a lot of closure. From the emphasis on that, I thought it might have played a bigger role down the line. The relationship between Jane and Rob was fascinating, and it was fun to follow the path it took throughout the story.

The writing was stylistically very simple, which made for a fast read. The story was engaging and interesting, with several twists and turns along the way. I found sections of dialogue to be somewhat unrealistic and trite at times, however. Some of the information presented through dialogue may have been better shown through actions, or by taking a step inside the characters' heads. Although the plot itself has a lot of depth, I felt the writing lacked some of that depth.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of surprises. January 10, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book. Wrecker is the story of Steve and Jane Havelock and their 4 year old daughter Allie. Steve is a programmer and general all around pig and Jane is a nurse and a lovely woman who is totally unappreciated by her husband.

Steve hires Rob Manteo to do some work on their home - a strange hulk of a man who seems to be either mentally challenged, physically ill or both. Manteo does an excellent job and Steve hires him for one project after another.

Steve has escalating problems at work and Jane is getting messages from a stranger that show Steve may not really be working all the time. As her suspicions grow and Steve pulls further away, she and Manteo develop a friendship which reveals the tragedy that has made Manteo what he is today.

The results are completely unexpected and I was surprised over and over again with the twists the story took. I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys a suspense book that challenges your mind.

I received a copy of this book free from the author. He asked me to submit an honest review and this is it. After reading this book I have already purchased another by this author.
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Dave Conifer is a fitness fanatic living in South Jersey with his wife and three kids. When he's not coaching wrestling or soccer or working as a boy scout leader or girl scout leader, Dave likes to read non-fiction history. He also blogs about the 48 solar panels on his roof and how they generate nearly all the power needed by his family of five.

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