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3.37  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  26 reviews
A powerful debut exploring the dark side of Cornwall – the wrecking and the drowned sailors – where poverty drove villagers to dark deeds…

Mary Blight, stuck in a remote Cornish fishing village where ships are often wrecked on the rugged coast, longs for a life beyond Porthmorvoren. Picking among the corpses of the most recent washed-up dead, she spots a fine pair of leathe
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 14th 2018 by HQ
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Shirley Revill
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A story that takes you back in time to the days of the smugglers in our coastal towns. The town where I live was no exception to the days of poverty when ships where lured into danger for the valuable cargos that they possibly carried. We lived in very different days back then where you had to rely on help from the parish you was born in. Poverty was rife and if you where caught smuggling you paid a very high price for the crimes that you had committed.

This story is not set in my town but on the
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't resist a trip into the dark and murky past of our forbears and Wrecker plunged me into the world of bygone coastal Corwall.

This is a take of poverty stricken fishing folk who often struggle to put another pilchard on the table and whom desperation makes reckless. These villagers live in crude hovels with naught to their names but the hand me down pagan beliefs they have inherited. They eke out the meagre living they try to sustain with fishing and farming, by scavenging goods which have
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Cornish coast is one of my favourite haunts in the British Isles, with its rugged and beautiful coastline, spectacular scenery and remote villages, it is a fantastic setting for a book. Combine this with a dark and treacherous story and you've got me - hook, line and sinker!

The story is narrated by Mary Blight and tells the tale of wreckers, who would watch the bodies of drowned sailors wash up on their shoreline, and due to the extreme poverty they endured, would think nothing of taking the
MaryannC.Book Fiend
Loved the atmosphere and setting of this novel of Mary Blight an impoverished young woman living in a small village along the sea in 19th century Cornwall. It is a place where the local villagers deeply believe in their superstitions and lore, a place where shipwrecks wash ashore the bodies of it's dead and where the villagers descend upon them to pick the bodies clean for the possessions they may still have. On such a day Mary comes upon a drowned woman with a pair of boots she covets for her o ...more
Katie Lumsden
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. It's an engaging story with an interesting exploration of religion, morality, love and small communities. I probably would have preferred a slightly different ending, but overall this was a great read.
Liz Fenwick
A gripping historical tale. Laced Cornwall and menace in equal measure. Loved it.
Joanna Park
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wrecker is a fantastic, atmospheric and quite dark piece of historical fiction that I really enjoyed.

The author is very good at setting the scene and I really felt transported to the Cornwall of the past.  Cornwall’s myths and legends as well as the local dialogue is cleverly interwoven into the story which further helped evoke 18th Century Cornwall for me. The author has clearly done his research and I found it fascinating to learn more about the history behind the book.

Wrecking was quite an em
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such an atmospheric and moody tale of life, jealousy, poverty, love and survival in a small and remote coastal village in western Cornwall in the early 1800s. I would have liked a bit more 'wrecking' but otherwise I enjoyed this beautifully written novel. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
Chiara LibriamociBlog
Ci sono due diversi meriti che vanno assegnati prima di parlare del contenuto di questo romanzo: la capacità esordiente di Noel O’Reilly di creare una storia così equilibrata tra leggendario e romanzato e la genialità di Harper Collins di colorarne la copertina invitando chiunque ad avvicinarsi per apprezzarne estetica e contenuto.

L’ambientazione cattura donando lo sfondo perfetto ad una storia che prende vita a seguito di un naufragio e alla ricerca affannata degli abitanti del villaggio di qua
Ronnie Turner
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mary Blight finds a women’s body washed up on Porthmorvoren shore and takes something that doesn’t belong to her. Littered across the sand are fine clothes, sparkling jewels, tasty fruits and brilliant trinkets once possessed by a nearby wreckage’s wealthy passengers. They are now treasure for the poor villagers of Porthmorvoren to sell. What the villagers – and Mary herself – do not know is that peril came in on the tide with all of those treasures, peril that will in the months ahead draw the ...more
Belle Woodward
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mary Blight is a memorable heroine. Strong and feisty she is as hot blooded as her hair is red. Eking out a living in the close-knit community of Porthmorvoren, she is as guilty of stealing from the dead of a wrecked vessel as the rest of the inhabitants. Vessels offered by the sea are accepted gratefully, no-one is ever turned over to the authorities and what takes place on the beach stays on the beach. But Mary dreams of escape, of leaving the narrow minded, superstitious village behind. When ...more
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

This is a story about a remote, poverty stricken Cornish community in the 1800s, where superstitions and ghost stories are rife. Every now and then a ship wrecks in the dangerous waters of the cove and at these times the local folk rush out to claim the spoils of cargo, stripping ships to the bare bones and the dead of their possessions and even their clothing. Mary Blight is a spirited young women who raises a few eyebrows with her wild red hair and
Chiara Cilli
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2.75 STARS

Pensavo di andare incontro a un romance storico, alla tormentata storia di un amore proibito tra un ministro metodista e un'umile ragazza di un villaggio barbaro. Mi aspettavo qualcosa di simile a Ross Poldark di Winston Graham, invece di simile ho avuto solo la Cornovaglia, i banchi di sardine, le miniere e i saccheggi illegali dei relitti. Nelle arringhe finali, tuttavia l'autore mi ha accontentata, ma è stato rapido e irruento come uno
Helen White
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
In a tiny Cornish village Mary Blight drags a man from the sea. The minister she saves leads her to far more trouble than he's worth. He's come to investigate the 'cannibal' who stole from the dead victims of recent wrecks. As the villagers turn on Mary and the minister provokes a religious fervour what will become of them.

Not a bad book but not really for me, too long winded for not enough to happen.
Judith Moore
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Originally posted at Chain Interaction

I will start by saying that there isn’t actually much wrecking in this book. It happens at the start and from there on out it doesn’t happen again. So, for those looking for an exploration of wrecking should probably look elsewhere. While this was slightly disappointing I persevered regardless because it was probably my fault for not reading the blurb properly. I wanted to give this book a fair chance and to see what it was about – if not wrecking.

What it i
Kerry Bridges
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Mary Blight is a Wrecker; a scavenger who picks over the detritus washed up onto her Cornish beach. When she rescues a half dead man strapped to a barrel and it turns out to be the local minister, Mary strikes up a friendship with him and thinks her troubles are over. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I have to say, it does frustrate me when there is a quote from a "celebrity reviewer" splashed across the front of the novel which clearly indicatest that that person has not been anywhere ne
Ella (The Story Collector)
Shipwrecks are a part of life on the coast of Cornwall. In the remote village of Porthmorvoren, things are no different. Bounty and corpses wash up on the beaches regularly, and the locals take what they can. On one such day, Mary Blight helps herself to a fine pair of boots from the body of a dead noblewoman, not realising that she has set herself up as the prime suspect for biting off the woman’s earlobes to steal her earrings. As word spreads of the so-called ‘Porthmorvoren Cannibal’, Mary’s ...more
Jo Barton
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The wild and windswept Cornish coast with its rich history of ship wrecks comes alive in this story of village secrets and ancient superstition.
Like all the villagers in the remote Cornish village of Porthmorvoren whenever there is a ship wreck, Mary Blight heads to the beach to see what she can salvage, sometimes it’s a trinket or two, or occasionally, something more serviceable like a pair of wearable boots. When she discovers a distressed man in the sea, Mary risks everything to rescue him an
Vanessa Sobrero
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storico
«Il mio unico desiderio è salvare la tua anima per l’eternità.»
«Non posso aspettare così a lungo. Non intendo rinunciare a tutto per l’amore perfetto nell’aldilà. Sono una donna appassionata e voglio l’amore in questa vita, perfetto o no. E se non l’amore, almeno la vita.»

Questo romanzo mi ha sorpresa in positivo sin dalle prime pagine, tutto mi aspettavo fuorché un romanzo divertente, ironico, ma anche profondo e spirituale. Mary è una donna forte che ne ha passate tante e che ancora non ha f
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have a total thing for books set on the coast which are atmospheric and dark, I don't read them often but when I do I fall in love with it all over again. How ridiculously specific right? Well, Wrecker ticked those boxes for me and still managed to make me finish it in a handful of sittings.

Following Mary Blight the story tells a tale of wreckers (people who take salvage from shipwrecks) and the minister who washes ashore and tr
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Un romanzo ineccepibile dal punto di vista storico, capace di evocare perfettamente l'atmosfera della Cornovaglia del XIX secolo. Un'atmosfera pregna di moralità e superstizione, due grandi temi che s'inseriscono nel ben più vasto e complesso calderone della tematica religiosa e di quella femminista. Molto interessante anche Mary Blight, la protagonista, per la sua enigmaticità e la conseguente difficoltà che si ha nell'interpretarla.
Peccato che questi interessanti spunti nau
Silvia Scano
La trama di Relitto è originale, strutturata abbastanza bene con dei personaggi ben caratterizzati e un'ambientazione molto suggestiva. Tuttavia questo libro mi ha lasciata con diverse perplessità: prima di tutto la scrittura mi è sembrata molto confusa e a tratti troppo acerba, le prime 100 pagine sono quasi ripetitive e il finale troppo affrettato e lontano dal realismo. Le ultime pagine sembrano ingranare alla grande, con colpi di scena, tensioni e speranze che quasi vengono illuse; ecco, tut ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Da tempo non leggevo un libro che mi prendesse tanto. Un capolavoro è un ottimo libro per capire meglio la Cornovaglia del passato, descritta superbamente. Da leggere.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Meh! Not as exciting as I thought. History parts were interesting though.
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