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Lillian Linden is a liar. On the surface, she looks like a brave survivor of a plane crash. But she's been lying to her family, her friends, and the whole world since rescue helicopters scooped her and her fellow survivor, Dave Hall, off a deserted island in the South Pacific. Missing for almost two years, the castaways are thrust into the spotlight after their rescue, becoming media darlings overnight. But they can't tell the real story--so they lie.
The public is fascinated by the castaways' saga, but Lillian and Dave must return to their lives and their spouses. Genevieve Randall--a hard-nosed journalist and host of a news program--isn't buying it. She suspects Lillian's and Dave's explanations about the other crash survivors aren't true. And now, Genevieve's determined to get the real story, no matter how many lives it destroys.
In this intriguing tale of survival, secrets, and redemption, two everyday people thrown together by tragedy must finally face the truth…even if it tears them apart.
This book started out promising, even as I joked, "Is this going to be like that Guy Ritchie and Madonna movie?" Looking at some of the other reviews for this book that thought terrible things like cannibalism would come into play while reading this, I wished I'd been more creative with my question. I will admit that I initially picked it up because I was hoping that I was going to get something like The Woman Who Wasn't There (a documentary about a woman who faked being a 911 survivor for many years). The more I got into the story, the more dissatisfied I became with it.
My main problem with this book is the whole idea it's based on. Why did Lillian and David feel the need to make up such a complex story? You were stranded on an island. You didn't think you were coming home. No one thought you were alive. While hurtful, no one can blame you for whatever happened there in such a stressful situation. I get there are things that happened on that island that would hurt their partners. Just tell the truth so people can heal and move on.
I'm not so much annoyed that they chose to lie, but what they chose to lie about and the types of lies they chose to tell. Some of these lies, like Kent's death (and Kent only served to be the mustache twirling villain who knew exactly how to survive on a deserted island making him feel necessary to the two), weren't even worth the effort to lie about. If you feel you have to lie, why would you unnecessarily complicate your story with excess lies? Not only that, one of the lies you told was perhaps the easiest to debunk because of the wonders of modern medicine, and it was debunked because of the wonders of modern medicine.
The dialogue was so trite. It just didn't feel like things that people would say to each other. I could see this dialogue being in one of those old 80s young adult books I used to read, just real shallow, banal quality for the most part. I found myself unintentionally frowning up at most of it. Some of these other points of contention, I'm not even going to comment on because I'll never stop talking about it, such as Paul. Insert ominous music here.
Two-thirds of the way into this book, it just fell apart completely as the romance plot completely took over. Two attractive, married people (though they don't think of themselves as attractive, but the writing proves that this just isn't so) on a beach alone together after the villain's demise... what else is there to do? Apparently, have the book lose its shit altogether from that moment to the ending.
The ending wrapped everything up so neatly. They all lived happily ever after. The truth came out to the ones that mattered despite all the lies, and everyone is okay and they're all one big happy family. Literally. I don't have anything against HEA endings, but this just didn't fit the context of the story. However, considering how the book just fell apart and the general shaky premise, maybe it did fit the book.
After I finished reading it, I was so disappointed. It wasn't a badly written book, which is why I can't rate it lower than 2 stars. The story is actually intriguing in parts, and the concept of the story itself isn't bad just not executed well. I also think that she mostly got it right with media feeling entitled to every piece of a story, as if their opinions are the ones that really matter. (I still found the woman doing the interview to be a bit of a caricature of the ambitious reporter herself.) I think I'm more perplexed at how such a promising start could go so absolutely wrong.
141 of 147 people found this review helpful
'Wreckage' is a good attempt at a novel by Emily Bleeker. The story is about David and Lillian and Kent- who are stranded on an island after a plane wreck. There are inevitable deaths from the plane crash and then the shock of it all. There are burials and then the 'Cast Away' cliches- fish spearing, weight loss, muscle gain, tooth aches. The three survivors get along well until Kent starts to be a major jerk and decides he wants to rape Lily. The dynamic of the surviving trio changes rapidly, and when David and Lily are rescued, they have to stick to a story that they must tell again and again. The first thing in the book is Lily telling the reader that she is a liar- so this sets the tone nicely.
The narrators do well- the book goes back and forth between a woman and man narrator, and it also skips to the time on the island and present day. It seems as though 'Gone Girl' has taken the lead on this formula and it's the going thing in new fiction- I personally like it and find it more exciting.
'Wreckage' fails simply because the story is altogether too basic. It's predictable and cliche, and it's all been done before. I could have guessed what each character was going to say or do. I found myself not liking the characters much- they had no depth and no real personalities.
Overall, the book is an easy read and I would classify it as a chick-lit beach read. I didn't hate it, but it wasn't fantastic either.
3 stars all around
46 of 48 people found this review helpful
If you were hoping for a literary suspense novel, this is not it. It's more like a sappy, romantic character study.
43 of 45 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Ugh! Seriously? What idiots? This story was annoyingly unrealistic. The main character blames herself for everything and is an idiot. So when they get rescued from the island her and Dave, or otherwise known as "David," who gets pissed more than he should if anyone besides Lilian calls him that, makes up this lie to tell reporters and their families so everyone wont know that they are completely and utterly stupid. Lillian's husband figures out the lie, but there is nothing like the truth, donating some eggs and becoming one big happy family to wash away all those jealous thoughts and realize that you didn't love the person you thought you did to make an unrealistic happy ending. Dumb Dumb Dumb
What could Emily Bleeker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I would have loved to have the characters written in a more realistic way. There is no reason why there should have been that much drama over the events that happened.
Which character – as performed by Kristin Watson Heintz and Luke Daniels – was your favorite?
I thought the narrators did a wonderful job.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
There were parts that I really did enjoy. The writing wasn't terrible, and I found myself actually enjoying some parts of the story, the ones that were more believable. I even thought a few times "huh! that was a well thought out part!" but those thoughts would quickly fade back into annoyance with the events that happened next.
35 of 37 people found this review helpful
A solid first novel. Interesting concept. I figured it out pretty early but that did not detract from the story. I enjoyed the way it moved from present day to the past and back again as a means to explain the storyline. The listener gets hints all the way through. I did have a difficult time suspending disbelief when it came to the extreme aggressiveness of the interview. It was more like a police interrogation with the amount of hostility. I may be naive, but I did not buy it. Again, it did not distract.
15 of 17 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
The narration of this book is so poor that I often cannot tell when the characters are speaking aloud or thinking to themselves or merely narrating events. The cadence of the male voice (Luke Daniels) is that of a halting newsreader, filled with awkward emphasis and poor emotive attempts. I would skip this audio book and just read it for yourself.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
The story is okay. I'm not all the way through, but I am already pretty bored with the "mystery" of what happened on the island.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kristin Watson Heintz and Luke Daniels ?
Literally any actual actors. If they are actors, I'm embarrassed for them. Kristin Watson has one note and it gets boring after the first few paragraphs. Luke Daniels sounds like he's reading the news at a high school assembly.
Did Wreckage inspire you to do anything?
Yes, it inspired me to be more cautious about what audio books I spend my money on.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I couldn't stand the female's voice in this narration! It was so annoying and her tone didn't bring any life to the dialogue. Also the the last 1/3 of the book was so ridiculous! It was so unrealistic and felt like the author just wanted to tie up loose ends.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I didn't love it but I definitely liked it. A real lazy read. Nothing was too crazy, wasn't very gripping. Showed the real, of what life would be like stuck on an island... Which would be boring. Gave details of what happened after the rescue.
It probably could have gone into more details but it would of just dragged on the boring.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful
The story was great and well written. As is true with far to many good books, the wrap up was too fast, kind of like a list of open questions with quick answers.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I'm not a fan of love stories but this was worth listening to. Great ending!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book written by Emily Bleeker or narrated by Kristin Watson Heintz and Luke Daniels ?
I didn't enjoy the story at all, I guessed the big secret by the end of the first hour. I like foreshadowing as a literary device but it just didn't work here. I had no sympathy with any of the main characters. I found myself wishing that the journalist would rat them out on live TV just to add a bit of excitement. The narration was fine, just a shame about the material.
What will your next listen be?
I've just downloaded Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott
Which scene did you most enjoy?
I suppose the plane crash and the days in the lifeboat, quite vivid descriptions
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Some nice characterisation and setting descriptions of the island, making for a nice contrast with their respective lives back home.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Great debut novel, was surprised with negative reviews. Definitely worth listening to and will keep you gripped till the end.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This was one of the best books I have listened to in a while. I thought at first it was going to be a bit convoluted but got so engrossed that it was an easy listen
What other book might you compare Wreckage to, and why?
I cannot think of another book to compare it with
What does Kristin Watson Heintz and Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The action voices were extremely good and bought the drama home
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
hell in paradise
Any additional comments?
first time I have ever read this author will be looking for more by her.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
“The best part of this book is the description of the story, fiction at its best.”
Imagine Gilligan's Island, or Fantasy Island played as if they were Life of Pi and you begin to get a slight idea of how terrible this book is. A plane crashes in the south pacific and three people out of five survive, the old woman dies by laptop death, the air hostess by a seating mix up and flirting. Survival is not described in any meaningful or believable way, we are told of fishing large tuna fish fishing with spears ( I did not know how easy tuna is to fish), bananas and coconuts are mentioned as the other diet. the men hunt the woman does laundry and takes long baths naked, on special days she has different scented shampoo, they also celebrate Christmas and all her children's birthdays, they were going to celebrate her husbands but she felt guilty after having sex with one of the survivors…….. from there thing got more and totally unbelievable and not well thought out. I did try for a very long time, to find something that would save this wreckage but it was a downward spiral. this book wants to be a kind of forbidden romance, permitted only because of the plane crushing, but fails to spark any reality of feelings. The interview is not believable and the interviewer is a bad parody. The secrets and lies are ludicrous at best, but I will not disclose them out of respect for those that still would like to read this soap opera disguised as a book.
Where was the editor? why was this book printed? Who is it for? Why do I feel so insulted?
10 of 13 people found this review helpful
Narration was very good. Story was interesting and held your interest, emotions moving throughout. Enjoyed it