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Listening Length: 8 hours and 48 minutes.

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 con
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Audible Audio, Unabridged, 9 pages
Published February 6th 2020 by Trapeze (first published February 2nd 2020)
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Louise Wilson
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben was driving to work when Adam jumps in front of his car. He passes away a month later. He leaves behind his wife, Alice and their son, Max. Ben is wracked with guilt. He decides to attend the funeral and forms a friendship with Alice.

This story is told y Ben, Adam and Alice's perspectives. It deals with the vulnerable and mental health issues. The characters were well rounded but at times I both sympathised and despised them. This is a gripping, well written and page turning psychological th
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C.L. Taylor
The Wreckage is an immersive, compulsive and gripping tale about what happens when three broken people's lives collide in the most tragic of ways. It's a book about control and obsession but the author cleverly veers away from cliche and melodrama - there are no cardboard cutout villains and heroes here - because, in Ben and Alice, he has created characters that are well rounded, nuanced, flawed and real. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...more
Pauline
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Ben is driving to work on the motorway one morning when a man steps out in front of his car. This incident turns Ben's life upside down.
The man he knocked down is called Adam and after visiting him hospital to see how he is, Ben befriends Adam's wife Alice.
I could not engage with the main characters in this story. Ben was immature and annoying. Alice was mean and foul mouthed and this affected my enjoyment of the book.
Thank you to NetGalley and Orion Publishing Group for my e-copy in exchange
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Really did not enjoy this one. The characters were awful and it just got weird... disappointed
Louise Wilson
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben was driving to work when Adam jumps in front of his car. Je passes away a month later. He leaves behind his wife, Alice and their son Max. Ben is wracked with guilt. He decides to attend the Adams funeral and forms a friendship with Alice.

Thisnstorynis told by Ben, Adam and Alice's perspectives. It deals with the vulnerable and mental health issues. The characters were well rounded but at times I both sympathised and despised them. This is a gripping, well written and page turning psychologi
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Caroline Mitchell
When I first read the blurb of this book, I was immediately drawn in. A tragic event draws shattered lives closer together. What could be more intriguing than that? The Wreckage did not disappoint. The author draws you deep into their lives as you see the story from each perspective. These are living breathing characters, and I could easily envision this as a television drama in my mind. As the book progresses, it takes you down some dark pathways as further revelations are made. A thoroughly co ...more
Liz Barnsley
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Theakstons crime read complete, The Wreckage is another one to look out for next year- an emotional story of dangerous love and obsession.

A fast and involving read. As ever full review to follow for publication.
Shalini
Ben was driving a car when a man jumped in front of it. And he died. Ben befriended the widow and child and kinda became stalkerish in his guilt. The book was the journey of their lives post the accident.

My first book by author Robin Morgan-Bentley, the story gave off creepy vibes which pulled me in. Both the main characters had their own agenda which filled me with suspense. I too began to peruse their motives. The author evoked my curiosity to investigate all actions of the protagonists.

The st
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The Coycaterpillar Reads
The Wreckage– it’s clear from the offset the tone this story is going to take.  A car wreck.  Speeding towards an end goal that destroys lives.  Whiplash that leaves you feeling pained and distraught.  It’s a real play on the title and the deeper meaning behind it is poetic brilliance.  This book hits you in the feels like a ten-tonne truck to the chest.  You need to escape from the wrecked car, you’re injured, your disorientated and you have to drag yourself to safety.  It’s pitch black and you ...more
Melanie Lewis
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible-books
A book with narration by Emilia Fox, Jack Hawkins and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is already starting on a positive note. But, ohmidays, The Wreckage is a gripping book that'll have you listening way past your bedtime. I thought Robin Morgan-Bentley took some unusual turns with this book. Firstly with the issue of men struggling with mental health, then with the widow, the innocent victim in all this, being not particularly likeable and the villain being, on the whole, a more generous and sympathetic ...more
Nicole
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting thriller, that had a promising start but then went down hill

In this book you follow Adam, a troubled man who has had a history of serious mental health problems. He decides to take his own life by stepping out in front a car. Ben, the unfortunate man to run into him, is traumatised by the event and decides to insert himself into Adam's widow and son's life. Is this an act of support or are his intentions more sinister?

I thought this book started of really well. Its real
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Stina
When I read the premise for this book, I was immediately intrigued. A tragic event in which the driver of the car involved and the grieving family of the man he hit are drawn together as they each try to piece together their shattered lives.

Sounds intriguing, right? Wrong.

What I got was five hours of depressing monologue from both narratives that I cannot get back. I can't believe I stayed up into the night in the hope it would get better. The reason I did stick at it was that it was a short re
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Rachel Bridgeman
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: february-20
In this tale of love, loss, grief and death, the reader is plunged right into the story at the time of the titular car wreck. The intersection of the life of Ben, driving to school and Adam, the man he runs over, are inextricably interwined from then on in, in an ever increasing,claustrophobic thriller.

There is no buildup to the characters, so there is a mirroring of beginning with a crash, then reassembling the parts afterwards- this is Ben's life, as a teacher, his immediate concern is his pro
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Amanda
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the synopsis for 'The Wreckage' and it certainly sounded like the deliciously, creepy sort of read that I absolutely love. I grabbed a cup of tea in one hand, picked up the book in the other hand and began to read. Oh my word, 'The Wreckage' was one hell of a read and I thoroughly enjoyed every single second of it.
The two main characters in the story are Ben and Alice, who are brought together in the most tragic of circumstances. Ben is a teacher, who is driving to the school where he wor
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Susan Hampson
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-reads
Ben is on his way to work one morning when a man runs out in front of his car. Ben isn't a fast driver but I am talking motorway here. Ben is devastated but gets a glimmer of hope when he hears that the man, Adam, is in hospital.
Ben has to see for himself but he learns from Adam's wife that it doesn't look good for a recovery. Alice and Adam form a friendship and he begins to slowly get to know Adam and Alice's seven-year-old son Max. When Adam's life support is turned off Ben makes a decision t
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Elaine's Reviews
An easy and quick read, The Wreakage tells the story of Ben driving to work one morning when a man steps out in front of his car on the motorway. Still alive but fatally injured, Adam is on life support. Ben's guilt leads him to make contact with Adam's wife and try to befriend her and her young son to a point where he becomes obsessed with them.

This book was only ok for me. I didn't love the characters and found Ben immature and Alice to be hard and withdrawn. I didn't connect with either unfor
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Phil Connolly
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An utterly addictive page turner. The story gets under your skin in all the best ways. A fabulous debut novel; well-observed, razor-sharp, and wonderfully disturbing.
Michelle Laterman Wachsmann
Beautifully written and gripping story! Really makes you feel what the characters are feeling. Could not put the book down!
Elise
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, 2020
There are many crime thriller novels out there and it can be hard to know which are worth reading. The Wreckage is definitely on the must-read list! This is a stunning debut novel from a very talented author who, I'm sure, has many great things ahead of him.

The Wreckage touches on many important themes, including mental health, which is something that really stood out. Robin's characters are relatable, the storyline addictive and the writing gripping. I was totally addicted to this book; I read
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Adam Jacobs
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Wreckage is a real page turner; I was gripped from the first paragraph. The book explores important issues around male mental health and whilst the protagonist, Ben, is a deeply flawed character, he was one I found myself sympathising with, despite myself. Robin Morgan-Bentley is clearly a young author worth keeping an eye on.
Esther Bentley
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazingly gripping debut by a clearly talented young writer, with a clever unexpected twist at the end. The meandering characterisation of the three interlocked protagonists was unnerving and often unsettling. A real unique insight into male mental health issues, not often covered in modern literature. Can’t wait for the next book by this exciting new author.
Lynn
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great debut novel showing the consequences of how one tragic event impacts on different lives. Very short easy chapters. A great read
Linda Wachsmann
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The wreckage keeps you gripped from the beginning to the end with a twist in the tail, very well written, I’m looking forward to reading more from this author
Lel Budge
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben is driving to work on the motorway when he sees a flash of white….he has hit a man.

Adam has deliberately jumped in front of Ben’s car.

While not Ben’s fault he is so guilt ridden he can barely function, but he decides to see Adam’s wife, Alice to say sorry.

Alice is a bit taken aback, but they become slightly uneasy friends and Ben becomes close to her son Max. But, then Ben takes Max to give Alice some time alone, as he’s concerned about her drinking and if Max is safe.

This is the tale of thr
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Priya Shrinath
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben, a school teacher still living with his parents, shy, awkward, good with kids, but socially awkward. Grieves for pulling the car over Adam. Gets obsessed over Alice and grows a lust for her.

Alice is a bored housewife, who married into wealth after meeting husband Adam. After Adam's suicide, she's pretty much home all the day, crashing on the couch after drinking heavily. She doesn't not have friends, or family. Doesn't like Ben at first for his shy nature but begins to get attracted over his
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marnie | once upon a time book blog
Robin has created a plot that is straight out of your worst nightmare! Told via alternating chapters from the perspective of the two main protagonists Alice and Ben, we are taken on a journey into how the actions of Alice’s husband Adam, changes their lives forever. As I like to say in some of my reviews, less is more when discussing the plot, as I think the blurb gives the reader enough without going into any further detail. This is definitely the case for The Wreckage.

The characters in this st
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Ellen
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow over at Bibliophilebookclub.com on the 3rd of February
Jacob Collins
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robin Morgan-Bentley hits the ground running in his debut thriller, The Wreckage. We are thrown headfirst into a devastating scene as a man launches himself in front of a car on a motorway. A police investigation quickly proves that the man committed suicide, leaving his devastated family and the traumatised man who hit him behind. Robin Morgan-Bentley examines just how much trauma such an event can inflict on a person. And he does this very well with his character, Ben.

The Wreckage is an emotio
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Kazzie
Mar 22, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF’d at 4 hours 52 minutes remaining of the audiobook. The audiobook was 8 hours and 48 minutes. I was only interested in this book because Emilia Fox was one of the narrators.

From the beginning, I did not like the narration style of this at all. In particular, I did not like the ‘Ben’ narrator at all. I felt his style to be melodramatic and like a student reading a passage out loud in English class. It did not endear me to Ben. I hated Ben’s character. I didn’t find him likeable, that may be
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