I’m so pleased to have been invited to participate in the audiobook blog tour for The Wreckage. Many thanks to Trapeze and Orion for the opportunity to take part.
One fatal crash
Ben is driving on the motorway, on his usual commute to the school where he works. A day like any other, except for the crash.
Two colliding worlds
Adam has left his home for the last time. In his final despairing act, he jumps in front of Ben’s car, turning the teacher’s world upside down.
Three wrecked lives
Wracked with guilt, Ben seeks out 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 ease his conscience?
- Emilia Fox
- Jack Hawkins
- Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
This book is available in hardback, eBook and audiobook.
There were a few things that really drew me in to the offer of reviewing The Wreckage audiobook. Firstly, I thought the blurb sounded pretty original and I liked the ‘worst nightmare’ scenario. Secondly, I love a good audiobook. But when I found out that Emilia Fox is one of the narrators, I was sold!
That might sound a bit strange, but she’s been one of my favourite actors for a long time after seeing her play Georgiana Darcy in the TV-adaptation of Pride & Prejudice and then Mrs De Winter in Rebecca, two of my most loved books.
Let me tell you, The Wreckage is addictive. I listened to it at any opportunity, and particularly towards the end I just couldn’t get enough of it.
The plot, with the exception of the ending, is pretty much laid out in the blurb but that does not stop it from being fast-paced with lots of twists and turns.
My favourite element was the different character perspectives and seeing the same time points from each angle. I thought it would be repetitive but it actually added a whole new dimension to the story; I questioned the reliability of the characters and added to the unpredictability of the story.
As far as the narrators go, I thought the performances were excellent. They all bring out the best and worst in the characters, which is no mean feat. They brought the story to life and played on my emotions. I actually found myself talking to the audiobook when I realised a character had done something daft or was in peril.
This is a fantastic example of an original thriller with a spot-on ending. I highly recommend The Wreckage, particularly for book clubs.
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Wishing you a bookish week,