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Wreckage Paperback – March 1, 2015
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Emily Bleeker is a former educator who discovered her passion for writing after introducing a writer’s workshop to her students. She soon found a whole world of characters and stories living inside of her mind. It took a battle with a rare form of cancer to give her the courage to share that amazing world with others. Emily lives in suburban Chicago with her husband and four kids. Between writing and being a mom, she attempts to learn guitar, sings along to the radio (loudly), and embraces her newfound addiction to running. Connect with her or request a Skype visit with your book club at emilybleeker.wordpress.com.
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...except I figured out the Big, Dark, Terrible Secret almost immediately. And it really wasn't that Big and Dark and Terrible. In fact, it was really not Big and Dark and Terrible at all, and it certainly did not necessitate all the guilt and lies and deception these people went through. That's actually why I kept reading- I just couldn't believe that *that* was what all the fuss was about. Surely, the Big Reveal couldn't possibly be so predictable and underwhelming, right? There *must* be something else coming, something bigger and darker and genuinely shocking that would justify all the lies and deceit. But there wasn't. Just this completely foreseeable and boring "twist," that did not justify all the effort the characters went to in order to conceal it. Seriously, there was NO REASON- none whatsoever- to freak out and create a ridiculous cover story and make a pact to Never Speak of It Again. And the ending- oh my word, do not get me started on the ending. It was one of the stupidest endings I have ever read- completely unbelievable and so artificially sweet I'm pretty sure it could cause cancer in lab animals. Combine that with lackluster writing and insipid dialogue and the whole thing read like a bad Lifetime movie that I'm still mad at myself for wasting my time on.
However, without giving away the enjoyment of the book, I would put this novel in that category of fiction involving protagonists that aren't fully trustworthy, or that you don't fully understand. (I'm thinking of "Gone Girl" and "Atonement.") "Wreckage" has different sorts of plot twists, but if you liked those books, I'm confident that you'll get sucked into this book, too.
Beyond the plot, I thought the author was an excellent writer. She strikes a really nice balance in using vivid language, and just the right amount of detail. This book was really a joy to read. I will definitely be on the lookout for more from this author.
But I found myself frustrated that the novel wasn't better, particularly since it was a Kindle First selection. Yes, as a Prime member I was pleased to get it for free, but this book lets its readers down in several ways.
First, the character of Kent simply isn't believable, nor is his relationship with Theresa. That needed much better development in order to understand how he turned into the person he turned into.
More development of the hardships of survival on the island was necessary. There was not nearly enough world-building.
Paul is the novel's great secret, but it's obvious from first mention of his name who he must be.
And why the incredibly tangled web? I never believed all the subterfuge was even necessary. Lillian's reasons for having agreed to the Big Interview didn't make sense to me at all. I didn't understand why they had to be interviewed by anyone. A united and impenetrable "No" to all interview requests should not have been that difficult. After all, the fifteen minutes of fame would have been over, and other vacuous news stories would have replaced it in the news cycle.
The end of the novel was so neat and tidy that I felt the author had tired of her creation. Group hug, everybody!
So overall, Wreckage is kind of like a pop tart - it fills a vacancy but is ultimately cloying.
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