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?
Thank you to Orion Publishing Group for sending me the audio book for The Wreckage by Robin Morgan-Bentley.
A shocking and thrilling debut book from Robin. I will be rating this book based on the audio book and on the story itself, although I will do them as two separate ratings.
I enjoyed this story. A truly shocking start to the story with one of our main characters, Ben, running over Adam, a man who has decided to take his own life. Ben’s absolutely beside himself and decides to visit the hospital where Adam is currently in an induced coma. This is the point at which Ben and Alice’s paths cross.
I did find that I struggled to connected with the characters throughout this story. Ben is so desperate for love that he becomes obsessive and possessive, whilst Alice is so desperate to be left alone, she even starts to flake on her son, Max.
I honestly didn’t see the twists in this coming, and I do think that they brought the rating up for me with this story. The ending left me feeling a bit yuk. I don’t usually read domestic thrillers, so it could just be me that has struggled with the story line. Also, I think it’s probably fair to say, I am probably not a fan of the stalker/obsession trope.
The audio book, however, really brought the characters to life for me. The narrators, Emilia Fox, Jack Hawkins and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith did a really great job with the audio book and they portrayed the characters brilliantly. I genuinely believe, had I been physically reading this book, I would have DNF’d it. However, the audio book did help me get through to the end.
My rating system is going to be similar to how Audible (no affiliate/advertisement) have you rate their books, rating them out of 5 stars for performance, story and then overall.
Performance: 4 stars
Story: 2.5 stars
Overall: 3 stars
Overall the story was okay, but unfortunately, it just wasn’t a favourite for me.
Thank you again to Orion for the opportunity to listen to and review my first audio book.