‘WRECK’ – Fleur Ferris

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Tamara Bennett is going to be the first journalist to strictly report only good news. Finished with high school, Tamara is ready to say goodbye to her sleepy little town and part-time job at the local paper. O-weeks awaits, which means parties, cute boys and settling into student res with her best friend Relle. Things take an unexpected turn, however, when she arrives home to find her house ransacked and her life in danger. What is this mysterious note? And why does it mean so much to one of Australia’s most powerful media moguls? Caught between a bitter rivalry and dangerous family secret, who can Tamara trust? Or should she trust herself?

Thanks to Random House for sending me a copy of WRECK to review!

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Our main character, Tamara, is just about to start university and she has the goal of becoming a journalist who only wants to report good news. That is, until she comes home one day to a ransacked house and a man who wants to kill her. Everything has turned upside down for Tamara, and it pretty much stays this way for the entirety of the book. However, she never fails to kick butt! Tamara is a likable character, but she’s also flawed, honest and brave, and her determination only yields the story. It was interesting reading the story of the present tense from Tamara’s perspective; she’s young, inexperienced and has her whole life ahead of her, but she’s been thrown into the deep end of this massive crime. She could’ve screamed and run, but she stuck her guns and proved herself right. (To be honest, I probably would’ve ran!).

Alternating between Tamara’s chapters on the current events, we have William’s perspective on the crime that occurred five years ago. William was also a really interesting character to read from and the events that occur in both character’s stories are intense and dramatic, yet are still able to unravel in a thrilling way throughout the whole novel. What I love most about the two perspectives is that the two are noticeably distinguishable. Both characters have their own voice and stories to tell which really made the book intriguing as a whole.

I love YA mystery and thrillers, but I haven’t read one in so long. I’ve also never read one of Fleur’s books before, but after reading WRECK I really want to pick her other books up. What I loved most is that it was so fast paced, yet still thrilling and suspenseful. I read it over two days, but I honestly could’ve read it in one sitting. It is a short and quick book, but still a lot happened in those 300 pages. I was on my toes the whole time, waiting to see what was going to happen next, and I couldn’t stop flipping the pages. So much thrill!!

So if you’re a fan of YA mystery/thriller books and are looking for more to pick up, then I recommend WRECK. Just be warned, you will spend the next few hours only reading this books because you will want (and need) to find out how the story unfolds!

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