The Wreckage by Robin Morgan-Bentley

A Wonderfully manipulative psychological thriller

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Trapeze books

It’s an ordinary day for Ben as he drives to work, except for Adam who is about to try to commit suicide by jumping in front of his car.

Adam is married to Alice and they have a seven year old son Max, Adam is seriously injured in the incident and Adam who is wracked with guilt attempts to visit him in hospital to try to bring himself some piece, eventually Adam dies as a result of his injuries, despite not sure of the welcome he will receive Ben attends the funeral, and so begins an unlikely friendship with Alice.

One thing which is worth noting is that you are left in no doubt that this was a suicide attempt.

What follows is a cleverly constructed psychological thriller that deals with people at their most vulnerable, mental health issues and how ones lives can be manipulated and torn apart.

The author has written the book in a way that you have to keep turning the pages it kind of gets under your skin as you get drawn into the story, you need to know what will happen next.

The story itself to a large part is told from three different viewpoints, Ben, Alice and Max although at times you are not initially sure whose side you are reading which helps to add to the tension and drama.

The characters themselves are wonderfully drawn and it fair to say the both Ben and Alice have plenty of flaws but then for both they are dealing with situations they have never faced and the book in part deals with these issues.

The author has brought plenty of emotion to the story especially around Max

As Ben gets drawn more into what he perceives to be his relationship with Alice it becomes all consuming and you are left wondering for his sanity. It is very easy to despise and dislike Ben but you also have to appreciate what he has gone through and how his life has been turned upside down.

The story and plot certainly gather pace towards the end and there is a wonderful twist which kind of turns everything upside down, thanks to the writing I certainly didn’t see it coming, even the last sentence leaves you wondering and leaves you with more questions.

For a debut thriller it is fair to say the author has hit the ground running, it is definitely a compelling read

I have to admit that I am not the biggest fan of psychological thrillers, however, when they are written as slickly and stylishly as The Wreckage is it is impossible not to be excited by it

I was fortunate to pick up a proof copy at Harrogate last year and cannot wait to add the hardback to my collection.

5*

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