The Wreckers

The Wreckers The Wreckers by Iain Lawrence

Non-spoiler review

Author: Iain Lawrence 
Genre: Sailing, action, historical-fic
Age: MG

POV: 1st person

Summary: On the shores of Cornwall there a village that make a living off the cargo that washes ashore after a shipwreck. There a must darker side, the wreckers will light lamps to lure ship to the rocks causing them to wreck and the crew that services will be murder.  

Review: I read The Smugglers before The Wickers. Other than having the same main character, both these books can stand well on their own.

The writing goes deep into a dark tone about ghosts and shipwrecks. This tone hangs there throughout the book. Anything else description is quick and shallow. There tons of action that makes the story fast past and a sense that the characters are in peril.


John: Upon seeing the crew being murder before his eyes. The same crew that John sail with abroad the Isla of Skye. John’s skepticism of who to trust is believable. 

Mary: Lives with her Uncle Simon. Strongly believes her Uncle is not one of the wreckers.

Uncle Simon: Holds deep secrets of his own. 

John in this feel like he more involves with the story. Everything he does and say impacts the plot. I like John more in this book then The Smugglers. (note to self, re-read The Smugglers)

The villains aren’t well drawn out. They peaty much they are in the background. The main theme of this book is trustworthiness. At times you might has to take a leap of faith in trusting someone. Also greed will drive people to do insane things.

History: In the 1700s there have been record of people that live along the costs of England and America that will wait for a ship to wreck and that will take whatever washes up on to shore. 

There has also records of wreckers that will light false lights and lure ships to wreck. Then killing what left of the crew. At one point this became so bad that laws were put in places. 

Today there are still people that will walk up and down beaches looking for cargo that might have fallen off a ship carrier. 


Characters: 4/5

Plot: 4/5

Writing: 4/5

Bonus Points:

+1 I like any book with sailing in it. 

+1 base off of history

Total: 14/20

Similar Book: 

Shipwrecks by Akira Yoshimura - I haven't read this book yet. I pick this up at a used book sale and read the synopsis. If this book wasn't set in Japan, then it will be the same book as The Wreckers. 

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