This book was a bonus given to me when I signed up for Amazon Prime. I had four books to choose from and I chose The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley and this book, Wreckage by Emily Bleeker. Neither of these books appears on the NYT bestsellers list or in fact on any of the top seller lists I usually use to compile my own reading lists. Each of these books, however, was considered good enough to be recommended by Amazon. Does Amazon publish books?? I will have to check into that. Sure enough, I looked back at the publisher’s page and this book was published by Amazon and its affiliates. These are the first published novels for each of these authors.
There are not many characters in Bleeker’s book, Wreckage. A mother and daughter-in-law win a trip to Fiji and beyond that to a private island with a luxury resort. Lillian and Margaret have the same careful, somewhat mutually judgmental and competitive relationship that most mothers-in-law and daughters-in law have. Lillian admits that she loves her mother-in-law in spite of their somewhat awkward relationship.
Dave Hall usually joins the Carlton Yogurt sweepstakes winners in Fiji but his wife, Beth, has recently had in vitro fertilization so he joins Lillian and Margaret for the second week. They leave for the island resort in a small jet. Margaret, Lillian and Dave are joined by the pilot, Kent, and the flight attendant, Theresa, who had been Kent’s girlfriend, although they have recently parted ways. The plane crashes. Kent, Dave and Lillian survive Theresa and Margaret and spend too many days on a small desert island. They have fruit and fresh water and fish. Kent has excellent survival skills but a somewhat superior attitude. He is also a bit creepy in an alpha male sort of way.
So we have a story about how two men and one woman endure life on a desert island where they will be trapped for an indeterminate amount of time. What happens is not totally predictable. Who is Paul and how does he enter the story? We know Lillian survives because we begin the book as she is preparing for an interview with the formidable reporter Genevieve Randall, and we flash back to the fateful Sweepstakes trip. We end up back at the interview.
It turns out that there are things to lie about, things to hide. What could those things be? This is a good story. It is more like Cast Away than Lord of the Flies, if that helps. When what you are looking for is an interesting story you might want to consider Bleeker’s book Wreckage. The writing works; the biggest problem with this story is that it is just a bit too predictable. A good first novel, but not in a genre where a second novel is likely to stay with this story line, so Bleeker could come back at us with just about any kind of novel. I will at least be willing to look at what she comes up with next. This one would be a good summer beach book.
By Nancy Brisson
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