With a plot that promises to keep you on your toes, the book follows Ben, who is consumed with guilt over a fatal car crash for which he feels responsible. He becomes entangled in the lives of his victim’s widow and small child, whilst descending deeper into his own trauma.
One fatal crash
Ben is driving on the motorway, on his usual commute to the school where he works. A day like any other, except for the crash.
Two colliding worlds
Adam has left his home for the last time. In his final despairing act, he jumps in front of Ben’s car, turning the teacher’s world upside down.
Three wrecked lives
Wracked with guilt, Ben seeks out Alice, Adam’s widow, and her 7-year-old son Max. But as he tries to escape the trauma of the wreckage, could Ben go too far in trying to ease his conscience?
Gripping and sinister, The Wreckage is guaranteed to keep you up all night…
The title has been a massive success, having been nominated for a CWA Dagger Award and ‘Debut Book of The Year‘ in the Capital Crime Reader Awards. In the press, the book has been included in The Times’ feature on ‘Best New Crime Fiction’ as well as Dead Good Books‘ list of ‘Debut Crime Novels to Look Out for in 2020’. There is also a sensational audiobook, narrated by the incredible actress, Emilia Fox, which was chosen as the April “Audiobook of the Month” by Psychologies Magazine.
Much admiration has been expressed for Robin’s chilling scenes and startling realism:
“A thrilling, creepy climax and a double-whammy twist. A more than promising debut.” The Times
“Immersive, compelling and gripping.” C.L. Taylor, bestselling author of Strangers
“A terrific debut exploring the vulnerabilities and co-dependency of damaged individuals. I loved the wonderfully subtle but insistent tone of menace woven into the narrative, winding me into the colliding worlds of Ben and Alice and pushing me on to finish it. Clever and compelling!” Fiona Barton, bestselling author of The Widow
“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.“ Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
“An original story line that’s just a little creepy! Based on the author’s own experience it features a man suffering from anxiety and depression which, not surprisingly, has a ring of realism… I wait with excitement for his second book.” Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
“The Wreckage is an outstanding page-turner from a sensational new talent. It’s a story that has tension running through its veins, the pulse beating more rapidly over its course until we reach an electrifying crescendo and an ending that gave me chills. If you enjoy well-written, exciting thrillers, then do yourself a favour and read this book.” Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
After graduating from Cambridge with a First Class degree in Modern and Medieval Languages, Robin Morgan-Bentley worked for five years at Google. Since 2014, he has been the Senior Editorial Manager at Audible, responsible for deciding which audiobooks they promote to their customers and how. He also runs their podcast, Audible Sessions, and has interviewed multiple authors including Fiona Barton, Clare Mackintosh, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Anthony Horowitz and Jeffery Deaver to name a few. His conversations with them are what inspired him to start writing.
We encourage you to pick up a copy of this triumph of a debut – you’ll be glad you did.