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?
Fleur Ferris is a fantastic author of gripping YA crime suspense thrillers and Wreck might be her best work yet! She certainly draws on personal experience, both as a police officer and paramedic.
Our main character Tamara is about to enter university to study journalism, with high ideals of only ever writing good news stories. Alternate chapters are the story of William - set five years ago, when the superyacht belonging to his mega-rich media family capsized and his adored cousin Christian went missing, presumed dead. I can't give the story away except to say that Tamara's life changes instantly when she discovers a letter in a bottle while surfing. Could it really be from Christian?
Tamara is faced with an epic challenge - uncovering the true story with a whole empire working against her. It is an exceptional story that will resonate with teens of today as it asks questions of media power and control by the wealthy. It raises questions of trust, family and corruption and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Both the central characters, and storyline are exceptional.
Best suited to those 14 and older.
Reviewed by Rob