Welcome to the first of the February blog tour posts. Today, Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for The Wreckage by Robin Morgan-Bentley, and I’ll be sharing her review with you all.
About the author:
Born in London in 1987, Robin Morgan-Bentley has been making up stories since he was very little. After graduating from Cambridge University with a First Class degree in Modern and Medieval Languages, he worked at Google in London, Madrid and New York.
Since 2014, he has worked with authors and actors at Audible. For the Audible Sessions podcast, he has interviewed many thriller writers, and it was his conversations with them that inspired him to start writing his stories down. Robin lives in north London with his husband, Pauly.
Robin’s debut psychological thriller, The Wreckage, will be released on February 6th 2020.
About the book:
Things will never be the same again…
Ben is driving on the motorway, on his usual commute to the school where he works.
A day like any other, except for Adam, who in a last despairing act jumps in front of Ben’s car, and in killing himself, turns the teacher’s world upside down.
Wracked with guilt and desperate to clear his conscience, Ben develops a friendship with 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 make amends?
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The Wreckage is an outstanding debut from Robin Morgan-Bentley. This book was one of my first reads of 2020 and I loved it; I definitely started my reading year with a bang!
School teacher Ben is driving on the motorway on his usual, careful commute to work when a man jumps out in front of his car. This horrifying moment turns Ben’s world upside down. He is desperate to clear his conscience so (somewhat unwisely you might think) strikes up a friendship with Alice, the widow, and her seven year old son Max. His attempts to make amends soon begin to cross boundaries and it’s not long before people begin to question his motives.
I’ll be up front and say that I didn’t really like any of the characters in The Wreckage but I don’t think you’re supposed to. Ben has suffered with his nerves and seems like a lost soul searching for comfort. From the start I was wondering what he was up to and it wasn’t long before he gave me the absolute ick, you know that shuddery feeling when someone’s a bit too much. Alice appears neglectful of her son, has a drinking problem and is just not a nice person! Saying all this I could see why they act the way they do and partially excuse some of their behaviour.
At the heart of this book is the subject of men’s mental health. Alice’s husband was clinically depressed and had attempted suicide previously and Ben is in need of help due to his anxiety/post traumatic feelings. Alice is left picking up the pieces from her husband’s suicide and then dealing with the overbearing (but always well meaning) Ben. The Wreckage would be an excellent choice for a book club as there are so many discussion points within.
I look forward to seeing what is next from this author!