FOURTH FRIDAY BOOK REVIEW

Every Fourth Friday of a month I will post a book review.  Sometimes it will be a book I read years ago, other times I will have just turned the last page of the novel and feel like writing a review about it.

Today’s novel popped into my head because of Hurricane Harvey.  I live about three hours from the coast, so ol’ Harvey and all the rain this hurricane will dump this weekend in my part of town is being talked about non-stop.  In Canyon Lake, our concern is mostly flash flooding.  We get a lot of that around here, so we also have several people who are driving home from work, they come to a low-water crossing, and suddenly it floods over and that person is surrounded by water and stranded in their vehicle.  This image is why I thought of Wreckage.  The main characters were in a plane crash, and they were stranded and surrounded by water – because they are on a deserted island.

I gave Wreckage 5 stars on Goodreads, which means “It was amazing.”  I look forward to reading When I’m Gone, Bleeker’s second novel that was published in March 2016.  I have a Kindle copy of it, and it’s been on my TBR list forever, but now I will truly try to make it one of my next five reads after remembering how much I enjoyed reading Bleeker’s first book. 

Wreckage cover

Guess what I just discovered by browsing updates on Bleeker’s website?  Her second novel is currently FREE (Kindle edition) to Amazon Prime members.  Wahoo – get you a free copy! 

https://emilybleeker.com/2017/08/19/when-im-gone-on-prime-reading/

And … on August 29, her third novel Working Fire will be released … AND on Goodreads there is currently a giveaway going on for a chance to win one out of 100 Kindle copies!  You know I entered that giveaway – and you should too! 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34204804-working-fire?from_search=true

Entered to win Working Fire1

MY REVIEW OF Wreckage by Emily Bleeker

Superb.  You’d never think Wreckage is Emily Bleeker’s debut novel because her writing skills already are on par with some of my favorite seasoned authors, such as Jodi Picoult, Anita Shreve, Elin Hilderbrand, and Jane Porter.

This intriguing book kept me furiously flipping pages because it was just so good that I kept wanting to discover what happened next—and find out in a hurry!

Bleeker excelled at keeping the suspense level high all the way to the end of the novel.  She kept my curiosity piqued about the final decision the main character Lillian would make regarding her husband Jerry and her fellow castaway Dave.  Bleeker really kept me guessing though about the character Paul, and why was he such a big secret, and about the journalist Genevieve, what lie did she know about that she was going to try to force Lillian and Dave to reveal during their TV interviews.

The author’s choice to set up this book in an alternating chapter format really worked well for keeping me interested.  Bleeker switched each chapter between the point of view of Lillian or Dave, and every other chapter also changed from the present-day events to the past time situations that occurred over a span of almost two years being stranded on a deserted island.

I loved the author’s ability to depict the setting so well that I actually felt like I was right on that island, or in that house, or at that hotel room.  What impressed me even more though was Bleeker’s talent at characterization.  She showed both through action and inner dialogue what was “inside the heads” of Lillian and Dave (and husband Jerry), and made me really “feel for” these characters, especially in regards to how the whole situation affected their spouses and children.

Wreckage was a fantastic read I highly recommend you check out, and I certainly will tell all my family and friends to read this book.

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