It’s always the husband… Isn’t it? The Wreckage of Us by Dan Malakin #review #TheWreckageofUs #NetGalley

Astrid Webb is missing. The police have found her car crashed near the woods, the driver’s door open, the seat spotted with blood. But there’s no sign of Astrid herself, a sick woman who rarely left her house, who surely couldn’t have left the scene of the accident without help.
Her husband Bryan is sure that she’s alive – after all, this isn’t the first time she’s vanished, only to reappear without explanation. But as the days pass, Bryan starts to look like a suspect in his wife’s disappearance, perhaps in her murder. Because Bryan isn’t telling the police the whole truth. Not about Astrid’s stalker, their broken-in back door, or the threatening messages she received. And it seems as if both Astrid and Bryan have something to hide.
Then a woman’s body is found in the woods, her face terribly disfigured. By staying silent, is Bryan protecting Astrid, or protecting himself?

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Hi and welcome to my review of The Wreckage of Us!

I’d had a fantastic time with Dan Malakin’s The Box so obviously, I was dying to read The Wreckage of Us. I expected an intricate, rather fast-paced thriller with depths that are hidden at first glance, and I was proven right on all counts.

The Wreckage of Us is a book that you need to dive into knowing as little as possible, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet. There are a few points of view, and between them, there are quite a few things to figure out. I had a couple of theories, a few of which actually panned out, and seeing it all unfold was fun, if a little frustrating at times because patience is a quality I sorely lack and I needed to know what was what.

I wasn’t overly fond of most of the characters but I loved DI Ronson! He has a bit of a Columbo vibe going on, hiding his quick wits and smarts behind a nonchalant appearance.

Overall, I had a really good time with The Wreckage of Us. It’s a twisty thriller with a few twisted characters that really put my little grey cells to work as I was trying to work out how everything was connected and what had happened before, during and after the crash. Recommended.

The Wreckage of Us is out in hardcover and digital formats now. The paperback will follow next year.

Massive thanks to Viper Books and NetGalley for the DRC. All opinions are my own.

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