Wreckage: A Book of Survival, Love & the Secrets In Between

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Wreckage: 

For Lillian, a normal everyday housewife, this trip to Fiji is an unusual escape for her everyday, mundane life.  One that if she were to be completely honest with herself, she wasn't completely looking forward to.  Margaret, Lillian's mother in law, won a trip of a lifetime and having never taken a vacation just herself and her daughter-in-law, felt this would be a great way for the two to bond.

Never in a million years could the passengers aboard that small little private jet imagine the chaos that lies before them.  Strangers when they board the plane, they will find themselves intimate over the next several months in a way that only people who are trapped together with a common trauma can be.

What begins as a peaceful flight, ends so very violently.  What's left are just fragments of what used to be.  The survivors must now cling to their lives and fight for their survival.

The story is told jumping from the present day to the past.  The story is told while Lillian is giving what she hopes to be the final interview so that she can finally put the 2 1/2 years she fought for survival and her life behind her and focus on her family.  We also hear Dave's side of the story as he recounts his part of the story for the reporter.  

Their story that they are telling to the world, while not fully the truth, is a truth that they have fabricated to help their loved ones to deal with the lost years.  

The reporter thinks that she knows the real truth.  That their story is a story of a "Love Triagle", she believes that Lillian and Kent were in love and that Dave was overcome with jealousy over the love shared by Lillian and Kent.  However, that is so far from the truth it's almost laughable.  In a way, hearing this, Dave is overcome with peace that the "Real Truth" is safely tucked away in he confines of their minds.

With a plane ride that started out with five passengers, only two people will survive long enough to see their final rescue after two and a half years stranded on a deserted island.  The scars that are with them are not visible and cannot be easily healed.

This really was a gripping story.  I stayed up most of the night trying to devour each and every word.  I couldn't wait to read what happened to Lillian and Dave next.  Although there were a good few bits that I was able to correctly predict, there were a few surprises and twists and turns as well.

One of the nicest surprises came towards the end.  To see a husband so accepting of his wife and the life she made when survival was the only option, was incredibly beautiful and touching.  To see that when the truth comes to light, it frees not only you, but everyone involved.

I really urge those of you who love psychological thrillers, mysteries, those types of books to give this book a chance!!  It really is attention grabbing.  There wasn't one dull moment.


Review: A Stolen Child by Laura Elliot



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One of the most emotionally charged, captivating books I've read in ages. There were moments when it was so emotionally charged that I actually had to put it down for a bit. It's a brilliantly written book, and the lives of three women are weaved together so expertly and seamlessly.

The story is centered around two women. Suzanne and Carla. Suzanne, it's clear from the beginning is suffering emotionally from the loss of multiple miscarriages. I hadn't really read the description of the book so, I wasn't really sure what to expect. So, it was rather alarming when as the story continued to open up and the idea was formed and born of Suzanne going through the pretense of her pregnancy despite having miscarried. It was kinda like watching a train wreck. Not wanting to look, but being so mesmerized and with a longing to see what was going to unfold.

Suzanne, who has lost her baby and yet decided in a maddening, emotionally charged moment to just bury the truth because she's unable to at that moment deal with the truth of the situation. Yet, as time passes, in order to hide the truth, she must create a new story for herself. And she realizes that the story she's telling will require a child.

Enter Carla. Carla, is a model and has been plastered all over the media during her pregnancy. Carla is married to a undercover detective, who is extremely uncomfortable with all of the publicity and intrusion into their private lives. However, neither could have predicted that a woman unable to face the truth of her own loss, would in a moment see Carla and see with clarity that Carla's child would be her own.

I have to say, I kept thinking HOW.... There were some wonderful pieces throughout the story that in the end makes everything come full circle. The author did an excellent job of breaking this story into wonderful pieces of a puzzle...

The author did such a wonderful job at making you connect with the characters and the story. It really was extremely well done. I cannot convey adequately how wonderful this book is, and how well written it is, and what a wonderful storyteller Ms. Elliot is. While admittedly, there were times it was too emotionally draining for me, and I had to put it down, it still was able to hold my attention.

You know, there are so many times in our own personal lives when sometimes our truth is hard to deal with and so we put it in a box and lock it away to deal with it another day, so in that sense, I could understand Suzanne's character and her motivation, and also why she was at a constant battle with herself. She definitely knew what she was doing was wrong, and because of being Unable to free herself with the truth, she became a prisoner of her own making.

I definitely recommend this book to those who love a good psychological thriller.

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